Who / I am //
I am a freelance creative graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, art maker, exhibition curator as well as children's creative workshop creator and facilitator. I have a wide-ranging experience and technical skills in the field of contemporary art and design practice. In my work, I place a strong emphasis on the use of crafts.
What / I did //
For the last ten years (2007–17) I have been working for both print and digital end products for various industries – from book publishing (adults, children's, educational) through charities and social enterprises (arts, educational, community interest) to small businesses (arts). My clients are based both nationally and internationally.
After studying design, experimental typography, illustration and printmaking (and more recently web design) at the University of the Arts London (2003–06), I won a public competition to become the principal cover designer and illustrator for the major Slovene literary book publisher Beletrina Academic Press (Nov 2006). During the ten years in this role (2007–16), I created 300 book covers in total for the hardback Beletrina and softback Pocket Beletrina imprints. The hardback series was given an Award of Excellence at the 4th Biennial of Slovene Visual Communication (2009) and the Highest Founding Award for Illustration by the Slovene Fine Artists' Societies (2010).
In addition, I have a significant knowledge of art history and relevant work experience in the art world. After completing both a BA and an MA in Art History at University College London (1993–96), I worked in the Exhibitions Department at the Royal Academy of Arts for over ten years (1997–2008). I was involved with a number of internationally renowned exhibitions: Summer Exhibition, Joseph Beuys, Baselitz, Philip Gaston, Monet, Rodin, Matisse's Textiles, Rembrandt's Women, Aztecs, The Genius of Rome, Russian Art, Byzantium, and so on. The direct hands-on experience in the exhibition making gave me later on not only an opportunity but also a great confidence and expertise to curate and design my two solo shows – Book Covers for Beletrina (London, UK • 2010), sponsored by the Republic of Slovenia, Office for Slovenians Abroad, and Sketchbook for a Journey (Ptuj, Slovenia • 2011), sponsored by the city's library – as well as to initiate and execute a highly exposed UNESCO sponsored public art project Baptism at the River Savica (Prešeren’s Statue, Prešeren Square • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 2010).
Finally, I have a vast scope of experience working with children of various ages in different situations – from 3 years of child caring to creating and facilitating a number of children's creative workshops.
How / I do it //
The creative freedom given to me by the Slovene publisher as well as working on a broad range of international titles has allowed me the opportunity to develop my own style. I have a strong interest in typography and mixed media, combining illustration with photography, typography, and traditional craft techniques (hand-printing, stitching, embroidery, patchwork, knitting, and crocheting), as well as using various papers, textiles and industrial materials (sandpaper and scrim tape) for textures and patterns. I experiment with different possibilities in which images are juxtaposed in a tense relationship to one another blended together through mixed media and thus creating different realities and perceptions through the interplay of natural forms, narrations, and emotions. The use of collage and photomontage enables me to bring together elements of the past with the latest digital technologies.
I have drawn much inspiration not only from European but also from non-European cultures, encountered through traveling and reflected in my visual diaries. My major study trips were to India (2004, 2008) and to Mexico (2002, 2012).
Why / I do it //
As a keen practitioner of using crafts in the making of my work, I strongly believe in their fundamental role in contemporary art practice. While at college in the early 2000s, I was especially encouraged by the illustration and experimental typography tutors, primarily as their reaction to the torrent of digital imagery, to concentrate on my skills gained from past experience. Their fresh approach to art education, which encouraged 'art practice as research', was based on the belief that creative inquiry is a form of research into the visual and cultural material in order to achieve a higher degree of originality.
When at school in the 1970s in the former Yugoslavia, there was a strong emphasis on learning various traditional handicrafts and technical skills as part of the national curriculum – skills that in the developed world at the time, and still now, even in Slovenia, were culturally perceived as a pastime activity for the older generation. Despite growing up in an environment of supposed social equality under communism, in which women in the public domain contributed equally to the household income, they were perceived as the main homemakers, and, in essence, unequal to their male counterparts. Due to such expectations, women had to learn certain skills for life from an early age, including craft.
It seems surprising that such expectations were deeply rooted in my culture when much of the Western world had by then already fully embraced postmodernity. It is a telling fact that as a young adult in early 1980s, I was sent to a nunnery to pursue cross-stitching and knitting skills. Thus, the use of traditional techniques has, above all, a personal 'lost and found' element, not only become my 'homecoming' by reconnecting to the roots of earlier generations, but also very 'welcoming' as valuable skills to possess.
Bridging past and present in my work, I have been able to explore the possibilities of different techniques and materials. By reclaiming or reinventing them in another context, I can give them a different value than just a skill my female ancestors needed to perform daily chores or engage in 'unproductive' activities associated with the private sphere. My using crafts is thus a subversive technique and allows me to dissolve traditionally distinct categories of arts, crafts, and design. On the other hand, it enables me to explore, question and even challenge certain taboos and traditional values, related to cultural, political, social and geographical situations, that are often unseen, unquestioned, or even deliberately suppressed.
Professional / Part-time //
2011–12 Central Saint Martins (CSM), University of the Arts London • UK / Web Design: Certificate of Attendance 2003–06 London College of Communication (LCC), University of the Arts London • UK / CMP Courses: EDEXCEL Professional Development Award in Design & ABC Certificate in Magazine and Publishing Design 2002–03 Barnet College • UK / Photography: Certificate of Attendance
Academic / Full-time //
1995–96 University College London (UCL), University of London • UK / MA History of Art 1993–95 University College London (UCL), University of London • UK / BA History of Art 1988–91 Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana • Slovenia / History of Art & English
Long-term Contract / Design World //
2007–16 Beletrina Academic Press • Slovenia / Chief Creative Designer & Illustrator
Long-term Freelance Work / Design World //
2009–current Arkesis • UK / Educational Book, Marketing & Web Designer & Illustrator
Selected Freelance Work / Design World //
2014–current Family First Aiders • UK / Art Director 2013–15 Harmonika Servis • Slovenia / Art Director 2013–14 Eco Farm Jenko • Slovenia / Identity Designer 2012 Undara Studio • Slovenia / Children's Book Designer 2010–11 Založba Franc-Franc • Slovenia / Children's Book Designer & Illustrator 2009 Myriad Editions • UK / Book Cover Illustrator 2009 International Centre for Graphic Arts • Slovenia / Exhibition Book Designer 2009 Nunkie Productions • UK / Marketing Designer
Full-time Employment / Art World //
1999–2008 Royal Academy of Arts • UK / Photographic & Copyright Coordinator 1997–99 Royal Academy of Arts • UK / Summer Exhibition Coordinator
Voluntary Work Experience / Art World //
1997 Dulwich Picture Gallery • UK / Curatorial Assistant 1997 RIBA Drawings Collection • UK / Curatorial Assistant
Other Work Experience / Children's World //
1992–93 Child care / 1 child (7 yrs old) • London, UK 1990 Child care / 3 children (5, 8 & 12 yrs old) • London, UK 1987–88 Child care / 3 children (16 months, 3 & 7 yrs old) • London, UK
- Awards & Honours
2010 The Highest Funding Award for Illustration / Slovene Fine Artists’ Societies • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2010 Honorary Member / Slovene Design Society (DOS) • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2009 Award of Excellence / 4th Biennial of Slovene Visual Communication • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2009 Special Status as an Artist in Culture (2010–11) / The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Culture • Ljubljana, Slovenia
2012 Selected for Art-Residency: Children's Book Project What's in Mexico / Arquetopia • Oaxaca, Mexico 2011 Selected for Exhibition: 11th International Biennial of Illustration (46th Golden Pen of Belgrade) / Art Pavillion Cvijeto Zuzorić • Belgrade, Serbia 2011 Selected for 'Book of the Month': Children's Picture Book Barvice / Lunin festival • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2010–11 Selected for Exhibition: 9th Slovene Biennial of Illustration / Cankarjev dom • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2010 Selected for Exhibition: 3rd Croatian Biennial of Illustration / Galerija Klovićevi dvori • Zagreb, Croatia 2010 Personal Invitation: Design and Illustration for Children's Picture Book Barvice by Feri Lainšček / Založba Franc-Franc • Murska Sobota, Slovenia 2009 Public Competition: Illustration for Book Cover The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillary / Myriad Editions • Brighton & Arts Council England, UK 2009 Personal Invitation: Design for Exhibition Book King Kong by Milan Kleč / International Centre for Graphic Arts • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2009 Selected for Catalogue: New Talent 2009 / Elfande • Leatherhead, UK 2009 Selected for Exhibition: 10th International Biennial of Illustration (45th Golden Pen of Belgrade) / Art Pavillion Cvijeto Zuzorić • Belgrade, Serbia 2008–09 Selected for Exhibition: 8th Slovene Biennial of Illustration / Cankarjev dom • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2007 Selected for Exhibition: Random and Great British Design? / St Bride's Library • London, UK 2006 Public Competition: Rebranding Book Covers for Beletrina / Beletrina Academic Press • Ljubljana, Slovenia
2011 Children's Fiction Book: Design for Otroci sveta by Janja Vidmar & Benka Pulko / Maribor 2012, European City of Culture • Maribor, Slovenia 2011 Children's Creative Workshop: Book Project Beautiful Vida / Youth Culture Centre (CID) • Ptuj, Slovenia 2010 Children's Picture Book: Design and Illustration for Barvice by Feri Lainšček / Maribor 2012, European City of Culture • Maribor, Slovenia 2010 Children's Creative Workshop: Book Project Tales from Slovenia / The Republic of Slovenia, Office for Slovenians Abroad • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2010 Public Art Project: Baptism at the River Savica / UNESCO World Book Capital 2010 • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2010 Art Project: Life in the City / UNESCO World Book Capital 2010 • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2009 Public Competition: Illustration for Book Cover The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillary / Arts Council England • London, UK
Solo Shows //
2011 Sketchbook for a Journey / Art Gallery, Library Ivan Potrč • Ptuj, Slovenia • 25 Aug–10 Sep 2010 Book Covers for Beletrina / Dreamspace • London, UK • 4–10 Oct 2010 Public Art Project: Baptism at the River Savica (UNESCO World Book Capital 2010) / Prešeren’s Statue, Prešeren Square • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 21 May 2010 Art Project: Wall Murals Life in the City (UNESCO World Book Capital 2010) / Beletrina Academic Press • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 14–23 Apr
Juried Shows //
2011 11th International Biennial of Illustration (46th Golden Pen of Belgrade) / Art Pavillion Cvijeto Zuzorić • Belgrade, Serbia • 3–23 Dec 2010–11 9th Slovene Biennial of Illustration / Cankarjev dom • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 17 Nov 2010–20 Feb 2011 2010 3rd Croatian Biennial of Illustration / Galerija Klovićevi dvori • Zagreb, Croatia • 1 Jun–18 Jul 2009 10th International Biennial of Illustration (45th Golden Pen of Belgrade) / Art Pavillion Cvijeto Zuzorić • Belgrade, Serbia • 20 Nov–12 Dec 2009 4th Biennial of Slovene Visual Communication / National Gallery • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 27 Oct–29 Nov 2008–09 8th Slovene Biennial of Illustration / Cankarjev dom • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 19 Nov 2008–14 Feb 2009
Group Shows //
2013 La Calaca Inglesa (AP & Beyond Arts Festival 2013) / Tyrer Roxburgh Solicitors • London, UK • 22–23 June 2012 Random Project 2012 / Rich Mix Gallery • London, UK • 2–19 Aug 2012 Sketchbook 2012: Folds and Stitches / The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library • Various art spaces, USA, Canada & London, UK • various dates 2012 The Meal / The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library • NY, USA • 5 Apr 2011 Fiction Sketchbook 2011: It must be … / The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library • Various art spaces, USA • various dates 2010 Ex-libris (UNESCO World Book Capital 2010) / Galerija S: Ljubljana Castle • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 15 Jun–5 Sep 2010 Wall Murals Life in the City – Backdrop to The Reader (UNESCO World Book Capital 2010) / River Ljubljanica Bank • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 3–28 May 2010 Type Tarts (Wallpaper/UKType/St Bride's Library) / Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University • Cambridge, UK • 21 Apr–6 May 2010 Oblikobranje – Reader-friendly Design (UNESCO World Book Capital 2010) / Cankarjev dom • Ljubljana, Slovenia • 6 Jan–2 Feb 2009 Typographical Tart Cards (Wallpaper/UKType/St Bride's Library) / KK Outlet • London, UK • 22–29 Jun 2007 Elephant Proof Printmakers / Café Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts • London, UK • 26 Oct–21 Nov 2007 Random and Great British Design? / St Bride’s Library • London, UK • 29 May–1 June 2007 Random Postcard Exhibition / Homestead Gallery • London, UK • 16–17 Apr 2006 Random Project (London Design Festival 2006) / Wadgas Gallery • London, UK • 15–30 Sep 2006 Elephant Proof Printmakers / The Mall Galleries • London, UK • Jul 2004–05 CMP: End of Year Show / LCC, University of the Arts • London, UK • Jul 2003 Photography: End of Year Show / Barnet College • London, UK • Jun 2002 RA Life Drawing Class / Café Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts • London, UK • Jan
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"Dnevi poezije in vina od danes na Ptuju." Večer. 24 Aug. Print/Web. Accessed 31 Aug 2011. Liljana Klemenčič. "Upesnjene barvice z veliko poetične mavrice." Večer (Večernica). 4 Jul. Print/Web. Accessed 31 Aug 2011. Špela Horvat. "Za večernico nominirane tudi Lainščkove Barvice." SobotaInfo (Novice/Kultura). 14 July. Web. Accessed 9 June 2016. Barvice. "Book of the Month." Lunin Festival. Mar. Web. Accessed 11 March 2011. Slovene Press Agency (STA). "Na hitro prelistano: Barvice – Slikanica Ferija Lainščka in Andreje Brulc za malce starejše." Primorski dnevnik / Preberi / PodPalmo / Knjigarna Kulturnica / Misli Slovensko. 12 & 14 Feb. Web. Accessed 9 June 2016. Sensa. "Izšle so Barvice – nova knjiga Ferija Lainščka." Sensa (Za navdih). 3 Feb. Web. Accessed 9 June 2016. 2010 Reportage by Matjaž Ambrožič. "Book Covers for Beletrina." Studio City (Knigga) (TV Slovenija 1). MMC RTV SLO. 5 Oct. Broadcasted 11 Oct. Audio & Video/RTV 4D Player (starts 39:07 & length 00:57). Accessed 11 June 2016. Emily Gosling. "Cover star." Design Week. 30 Sep. Web. Accessed 9 June 2016. Event Listings. "Book Covers for Beletrina." ArtRabbit / Spoonfed / Remotegoat / Dreamspace / Free Events. 29–30 Sep. Web. Accessed 30 Sep 2010. Children's Workshop Press Release. "Vabilo na otroško ustvarjalno delavnico – v okviru projekta." Slovenci. 14 Sep. Web. Accessed 11 Oct 2010. Exhibition Press Release. "Book Covers for Beletrina." Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London. 6 Sep. Web. Accessed 29 Sep 2010. Boris Beja. "Ex-Libris, dialog med knjižnim in likovnim." SiolNET (Trendi/Svet znanih). 8 July. Web. Accessed 8 May 2012. A.H. "Prešeren v novi preobleki." Dnevnik. 22 May. Print/Web. Accessed 8 May 2012. Personal interview with, and reportage by, Živa Rogelj. "Public Art Project: Baptism at the River Savica." Poročila ob 13h (TV Slovenija 1). MMC RTV SLO. 21 May. Broadcasted 21 May. Audio & Video/RTV 4D Player (starts 08:58 & length 1:05). Accessed 11 June 2016. L. Š. "Prešernova nova oblačila (a le za en dan)." RTV SLO (Kultura/Drugo). MMC RTV SLO. 21 May. Web. Accessed 11 June 2016. MMC RTV SLO. "Prešernova nova oblačila." Prireditve. MMC RTV SLO. 21 May. Web. Accessed 21 May 2010. Slovene Press Agency (STA). "Prešernov spomenik v Ljubljani je danes oblečen v posebno oblačilo." Dnevnik / Primorski Dnevnik / Ljubljanske novice / NajNaj. 21 May. Web. Accessed 21 May 2010. Katja. "Knjigo sodim (tudi) po platnicah". Pepermint. 14 May. Blog. Accessed 21 May 2010. Nina Pirnat Spahić. "Oblikovanje za branje." Cankarjev dom. 6 Jan. Web. Accessed 19 Aug 2017. L. Š. "Kako brati črke in kako brati obliko(vanje)." RTV SLO (Razstave). MMC RTV Slovenija. 5 Jan. Web. Accessed 21 May 2010. 2009 B. B. "4. bienale vidnih sporočil Slovenije." SiolNET (Trendi/Svet znanih). 25 Oct. Web. Accessed 23 May 2010. L. Š. "Dvoletni presek slovenskega oblikovanja." RTV SLO (Kultura/Drugo). MMC RTV SLO. 12 Oct. Web. Accessed 23 May 2010. Mojca Pišek. "Slalom, slalom!" AirBeletrina. 10 Oct. Web. Accessed 16 Jan 2011. Caroline Archer. "Ring-A-Ding." Wallpaper 124 (July 2009): 79–81. Print. Miriam Drev. "Če si pisatelj, te večkrat vprašajo za mnenje." Delo (Književni listi). 18 Feb. Print. Boris Beja. "Podoba knjige ... knjige podob." KLIK 105 (2009): 13–17. Print/Web. Accessed 11 June 2016. urn:NBN:SI:DOC-RNJ5CQJ4 (dlib.si). 2008 Slovene Press Agency (STA). "S podelitvijo nagrad začetek 8. slovenskega bienala ilustracije." SiolNET (Trendi/Svet znanih). 19 Nov. Web. Accessed 8 June 2009. Vijolica. "8. slovenski bienale ilustracije." Spletno pero. 12 Nov. Blog. Accessed 22 May 2009. Andrej Lutman. "Uganke." Dnevnik (Novice/Pop/Kultura). 28 Oct. Print/Web. Accessed 22 May 2009. Marija Švajncer. "Torej besede o boju." Večer (Čitalnica). 15 Sep. 13. Print/Web. Accessed 22 May 2009. 2007 Mojca Pišek. "Hrupna tišina pred poletnim zatišjem." Dnevnik (Novice/Pop/Kultura). 22 Jun. Print/Web. Accessed 22 May 2009. 2006 John Stones. "Cut and post." 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2018 (Forthcoming) Andreja Brulc. What's in Mexico / Children's Picture Book. Self-published. (Forthcoming) Sheldon G. Bleasdell. CAPE Unit 2: New Integrated Geography / School Textbook. Port of Spain: Caribbean Educational Publishers. 2017 Peter Galjot, CEO & Founder of Harmonika Servis. Testimony. 22 Sep. Email. Marko Herzog, CTO & Production Director at Beletrina Academic Press. Testimony. 21 Sep. Email. Sharon Reid. "Make a difference: A Twiddlemuff." Yours / Magazine Editorial. 31 Jan. 93. 2014 Emily Wood, CEO & Founder of Family First Aiders. Testimony. 29 Sep. Email. Benka Pulko, CEO of Undara Studio. Testimony. 27 Sep. Email. Aleš Šteger, Author of Odpusti. Testimony. 20 Mar. Email. Sheldon G. Bleasdell. CAPE Unit 2: New Integrated Geography / School Textbook. Port of Spain: Caribbean Educational Publishers. Sheldon G. Bleasdell, Author of CAPE Unit 2: New Integrated Geography. Testimony. 2 Jan. Email. 2013 Andrej Brvar, Author of Material. Testimony. 20 Mar. Email. 2012 Sarah Hyndman. "Timeline: Random Project 2012." Random Project / Postcards. Blog. Accessed 13 June 2016. Sarah Hyndman. "Diamond Jubilee Souvenir." Random Project / A2 Poster. PDF/Blog. Accessed 13 June 2016. Sarah Hyndman. "Happy Anniversary Queen Liz." Random Project / Postcards. Blog. Accessed 13 June 2016. 2011 Dijana Milašinović Marić (ed). 11th International Biennale of Illustration (The 46th Golden Pen) / Exhibition Catalogue. Belgrade: ULUPUDS. 79. Danilo Türk et al. Ljubljana Book Imprint: A Year of Ljubljana – World Book Capital City 2010 / e-Handbook. Ljubljana: City of Ljubljana. 22, 128, 149. PDF/Web. Accessed 2 Aug 2016. 2010 Feri Lainšček. Barvice / Children's Picture Book. Murska Sobota: Založba Franc-Franc. Matej Bogataj. Podoba knjige...knjiga podob: 9. slovenski bienale ilustracije / Exhibition Catalogue. Ljubljana: Cankarjev dom. 28, 82. Personal and children's interview with Nina Kojima. 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"My work as a Designer and Illustrator." Slovencem po svetu (Radio Slovenija 1). MMC RTV SLO. Jan. Broadcasted 15 Jan. Audio/MP3 Podcast/RTV 4D Player (starts 41:09 & length 11:25). Accessed 11 June 2016. Maja Gspan & Sašo Urukalo. Oblikobranje: Reader-friendly Design / Exhibition Catalogue. Ljubljana: Društvo oblikovalcev Slovenije. 11–12. 2009 Kajetan Kovič. Vse poti so / Inside illustrations. Ljubljana: Beletrina Academic Press. Dijana Milašinović Marić (ed). 10th International Biennale of Illustration (The 45th Golden Pen) / Exhibition Catalogue. Belgrade: ULUPUDS. 90. ULUPUDS. "Stani autori – Foreign participants." ULUPUDS (Web galerija) / Online Catalogue. Web. Accessed 8 June 2016. Tomato Košir & Inge Pangos (ed). 4th Biennial of Slovene Visual Communication / Exhibition Catalogue. Ljubljana: Fundacija Brumen. 130, 285. Miranda Bennion, Photographic and Copyright Manager at Royal Academy of Arts. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 14 Sep. Sarah Hyndman, CEO & Director of With Relish. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 2 Sep. Dr Jelena Todorović, Professor at Faculty of Fine Arts. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 30 Aug. Ed Hillary, Author of The Clay Dreaming. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 24 Aug. Milan Kleč, Author of King Kong. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 24 Aug. Corinne Pearlman, Creative Director of Myriad Editions. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 24 Aug. Liljana Stepančič, Director of International Centre for Graphic Arts. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 24 Aug. Emily Winston, Head of Exhibitions at Royal Academy of Arts. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 23 Aug. Igor Brlek, Director of Beletrina Academic Press & Mitja Čander, Chief Editor at Beletrina Academic Press. Recommendation Letter to Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, for Special Status as an Artist in Culture / Letter. 18 Aug. Wallpaper. “Typographical Tart Cards.” Wallpaper (Art) / e-Invite. 12 Jun. PDF/Web. Accessed 8 June 2016. Wallpaper. “Sex Issue: Type Tart Cards.” Wallpaper (Art) / Card. 12 Jun. Web. Accessed 11 June 2016. Personal interview with Mojca Delac. "My Life and Work in London." Slovencem po svetu (Radio Slovenija 1). MMC RTV SLO. May. Broadcasted 15 May. 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- Quotes & Testimonies
I am very happy with the brand identity – business cards and flyers are wonderful. Photography is of high quality, what I always wanted. The website is very dynamic, clear and transparent, and is also very appealing to customers. The new look has had an excellent impact on the growth of our business.– Peter Galjot, CEO & Founder of Harmonika Servis, Testimony, 22 Sep.
I have collaborated with Andreja on more than 300 book projects, and I have to say that I admire her passion for design and deep commitment to every single project, which includes very thorough study and research in order to create design that reflects all requirements, and sometimes also the impossible wishes and visions of the client. Although there were quite a few very tight deadlines, all materials were always produced according to schedule.– Marko Herzog, CTO & Production Director at Beletrina Academic Press, Testimony, 21 Sep.
We are very happy with the work Andreja Brulc has done for us. She has shown commitment to understanding the aims and values of the organisation and translated this into a strong image that has now become the starting point of our branding and marketing campaign.– Emily Wood, CEO & Founder of Family First Aiders, Testimony, 29 Sep
I think you surpassed yourself! The cover for my book is indescribably beautiful! I could not have dreamed of a better solution! The River Thames will still have to run without me ...– Aleš Šteger, Author of Odpusti, Testimony, 20 Mar
Thanks for all the hard work done so far, this book is far superior to the other competing books.– Sheldon G. Bleasdell, Author of CAPE Unit 2: New Integrated Geography, Testimony, 2 Jan
Interesting and vivid illustrations … incorporate a different kind of images as a whole, both from the point of technique (photography, cut out images, drawing) and from the point of selected motives (a visual translation of the poet's words).– Dragica Haramija & Janja Batič, Sodobnost 10 (2013):1450, 1452
The design for my book is excellent both in terms of content (a play with typography, a cherry blossom and the panorama of Maribor) and in terms of composition and execution of colour (intensely red on a beautiful background).… Orpehus on the front and Eurydice on the back are the culmination of perfection. Thank you for this – you have contributed a significant share to the visual success of the book.…– Andrej Brvar, Author of Material, Testimony, 20 Mar
Andreja was a very attentive designer with many excellent ideas, yet able to incorporate our wishes into the project. She managed her tasks with immaculate precision, following through on the issues to the point where all the authors were satisfied. Throughout the design process for our book, she was a respectful and considerate artist. I would not hesitate to recommend her, or to work with her again in the future.– Benka Pulko, CEO of Undara Studio, Testimony, 27 Sep
I enjoyed from the start how Andreja followed and understood my verse, which she then interpreted and included in her visual way of thinking. The result was new networks of meanings and symbols, perhaps even artistic expression that goes beyond literary and visual art.– Feri Lainšček, Author of Barvice, quoted in Zdenko Kodrič, Večer (Večernica), 22 Sep. 5
[The children's picture book, Barvice, is] … more than wonderful …– Zdenko Kodrič, Večer (Večernica), 22 Sep. 5
Her first children’s book embraces the poetry in a sophisticated and artistic manner, and has caught the rhythm of Lainšček’s literary thoughts …– Liljana Klemenčič, Večer (Večernica), 4 Jul
[The children's picture book, Barvice, is] … highly innovative and exploratory …– Sensa (Za navdih), 3 Feb
[The exhibition Book Covers for Beletrina is called] … Cover star …– Emily Gosling, Design Week, 30 Sep
[Prešeren’s longest work in verse, Baptism at the River Savica, received] … a form as never seen before … [and] … the project gave Ljubljana a new artistic inspiration …– A.H. Dnevnik, 22 May
Prešeren was stoically coping with the adornment, while two other statues nearby were observing this moment in silence.– Živa Rogelj, Poročila ob 13h (TV Slovenija 1), MMC RTV SLO, 21 May
… excellent design … from the silhouette on the front cover …– Jonathan Franzen, Author of The Discomfort Zone, Dedication Note, 2010
Andreja was a valuable member of the Photographic and Copyright Team at the Royal Academy of Arts … She was meticulous and hard working and worked on the larger and more complicated exhibitions … She also showed a great flair for design and whilst at the Royal Academy she also attended a specialised course in design and illustration at the London College of Communication. Here she developed her creative and unique talent which was quickly recognised by the Acting Head of Exhibition Organisation and was offered a designing job within the Exhibition Department of the Royal Academy. She rightly declined this and went on to win competitions and to prove herself in the publishing world with great success. I think her designs for book jackets are original and thought-provoking and show a great depth of understanding for the contents of the book. Also, whilst she was at the Royal Academy she took part in two group shows, which were widely acknowledged and well attended.– Miranda Bennion, Photographic and Copyright Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, Recommendation Letter, 14 Sep
Andreja Brulc was a student on our pioneering course in Experimental Typography from 2004 at LCC … She was the first Slovenian student to attend … She was a dedicated and enthusiastic student who produced very strong and creative work … Andreja was subsequently selected to become one of the core members of the international Random Project. This was a collective of the most talented graphic designers and artists who had studied on the Experimental Typography course at LLC … Andreja firmly placed Slovene culture on the London map. She subsequently reinforced this by giving an inspiring talk on her projects showing visuals and discussing the artists behind her ideas. Andreja's original and innovative work has a great amount of potential in design and illustration on international level …– Sarah Hyndman, CEO & Director of With Relish, Recommendation Letter, 2 Sep
I have a pleasure to recommend to you Andreja Brulc as an excellent, innovative and experimental artist and an art historian. She has a rare combination of theoretical and artistic education that enables her to draw upon a vast pool of different theoretical and conceptual material in her artistic work … All this, and far more her creativity, devotion to her artistic work and a perpetual search for new materials and mediums, make her one of the most interesting book and typography designers … One is stunned by the range of media that she uses in creation for each of the books according to its content and the atmosphere it produces. She uses as unusual techniques as potato printing, stitching, blotting and sawing to generate a truly unique and immediately recognisable artwork … I have worked with her for years as an art historian and at present, as a professor at an art college, and that was, and is a truly memorable collaboration.– Dr Jelena Todorović, Professor at Faculty of Fine Arts, Recommendation Letter, 30 Aug
I am very pleased to say that Andreja Brulc was chosen to design and illustrate my book in a highly competitive Arts Council-sponsored competition run by an independent UK literary publisher, Myriad Editions. I strongly believe that her response to the brief expresses the right kind of feel and approach to the design that any author would wish for when seen his / her own book published. Her work shows a very deep understanding of the content of the book and an immense ability to tell the story in her personal language. Her choice of visual elements, textures and forms, were just what I was envisaging for this book. Apart from her very strong design and image proposals, I was particularly intrigued how and where she sourced an image of the main protagonist in my book, King Cole, an Aboriginal Cricketer, who came to London as part of the first Australian cricket team in 1868, especially as I hadn't seen the full Lawrence album before, where the team was reproduced. Like me, she is an exhaustive researcher (I love it). Also, I very much like the hand-drawn quality and slightly odd feeling of the type she has chosen, down to the double L’s and all, and would hate for it to be sacrificed to the god of Bland. I am very pleased that Andreja took such an interest and dedication in this project in order to win the competition, and would be very glad if that pays off. She designs to suit the cover for the real book that will be in everyone’s hands while they read, and hopefully reach for each day.– Ed Hillary, Author of The Clay Dreaming, Recommendation Letter, 24 Aug
… I encountered Andreja Brulc's work in relation to the publishing house, Beletrina Academic Press, which by coincidence published two of my books this year. As a permanent designer for Beletrina Academic Press, she was of course responsible for my first book Snežne krogle, but I also invited her to participate in the creation of my second one, King Kong.… At this point, I have to … express my attitude towards books, in this case towards book design, and particularly towards book covers, because it may seem very strange to many people but I do not have any copies of my published books on my bookshelf.… [When I] got the email with a PDF containing the book cover for Snežne krogle … I shouted out with great joy because I was really excited.… I have already been working at the same time … on the exhibition I Was Disappointed by Lara Croft at the International Centre for Graphic Arts and I have managed to have my say on this occasion that, in addition to the book that put emphasis on theory, I should also publish my book King Kong, applying the practice, because the exhibition was about images from computer games, so it would seem sensible to write something about games and gameplaying. After the initial concept of Snežne krogle, I immediately suggested Andreja Brulc as a designer. It was agreed, so I had the chance that she was promptly sending me her concepts for King Kong. I was pleasantly surprised at her suggestion during our dicussions that the book should contain photographs if we are already at play, … at least what the flat looks like in which the life of a gamer evolves, and at how selflessly she adopted photos … and … equally incorporated them into the book.… Mitja Čander, Chief Editor of Beletrina, telephoned me to say that Snežne krogle was released. I hurried to the publishing house and how indescribably pleased I was with the book. I will not talk about the content, but I can talk about the design that merges with the content in an incredibly sophisticated way. I am talking mainly about the fact that this is the first book that gained sovereignity on my bookshelf, and I can calmly watch it without shame and resistance. But this is not all, because the book was accidentally joined a few days later by another book, King Kong, as already mentioned, also under the hands of Andreja Brulc, so I can freely finally have two books of mine on the shelf, and I can, therefore, recommend Andreja Brulc, with all due respect without hesitation …– Milan Kleč, Author of King Kong, Recommendation Letter, 24 Aug
Due to her outstanding portfolio of book cover designs, I, Creative Director of Myriad Editions, invited Andreja Brulc in July 2009 for a public competition to submit a book cover design for The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer.… As part of our Arts Council-funded brief, we are actively seeking different artists and designers for each of our publications, to showcase the range of talent there is in the South East of England.… For the competition Andreja submitted four designs (the brief asked for up to six roughs), three of which come very close in the final selection among a very large number of competitors. The draft covers were considered by the Myriad team as well as the author and distributors. In addition to the winning cover artwork, we may want to use an artwork she produced for her second submission for the inside. Andreja is to complete the front cover for immediate use for advertising and promotion, while the full cover design, including the back cover and spine, will be required for completion by beginning of December.… Andreja’s work has shown a very creative and initutive response to the brief. She has proved to have a great new talent for book cover design. We believe she has a promising future in the industry as a designer and artist, and we are very pleased to have chosen her as a winner for this book.– Corinne Pearlman, Creative Director of Myriad Editions, Recommendation Letter, 24 Aug
As an international exhibition space for contemporary art, we want to encourage and provide opportunities for the development of new, innovative, critical and creative potential in the field of visual communication. Offering this opportunity to Andreja … was confirmed as the right decision, not only because of her close cooperation with us throughout the project but also in the final outcome … Her design concept shows a visual story as a whole, which connects the cover to the interior in a most individual way, yet at the same time through a highly modern language of expression. The interior layout is stylistically compatible with the cover, through the image and the text, the use of typography and the treatment of photography. The cover, drawn upon humorous and travelogue lines from cut-outs of photographs, tells the story of the author, playing computer games in an intimate ambience.– Liljana Stepančič, Director of International Centre for Graphic Arts, Recommendation Letter, 24 Aug
I was Head of Exhibitions Organisation at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1999 until 2006, and during this time Andreja worked as part of the team I managed … She was an immensely valuable part of the team, and over the years she worked on countless exhibitions of international renown … Due to her interest to learn design and illustration, I allowed Andreja to take one day off each week in order to study a specialised studies in design and illustration at the London College of Communication. Since then Andreja's work has gone from strength to strength, and she has developed into a very successful designer and illustrator. Her work is both innovative and erudite, and I think she has enormous talent and will go very far. Andreja has enormous intellectual and academic experience and brings this to her work. You will also see that she has a very individual style which takes both from art history and perhaps also her motherland of Slovenia and European roots.– Emily Winston, Head of Exhibitions at Royal Academy of Arts, Recommendation Letter, 23 Aug
Andreja Brulc shows a great creative potential, using an interesting mixture of techniques. She has developed her own distinctive style, which on the one hand has a strong effect on the visibility of Beletrina as a recognisable brand on bookshelves, while on the other hand enables her to uniquely design each cover in the spirit of the content of the literary work.– Igor Brlek, Director of Beletrina Academic Press & Mitja Čander, Chief Editor at Beletrina Academic Press, Recommendation Letter (Slovenia), 18 Aug
This is up to now by far the most beautiful edition of my book! It rarely comes to such a harmony between the design and the content.– Ingo Schulze, Author of Mobi, quoted in Miriam Drev, Delo (Književni listi), 18 Feb
The designer of the book Andreja Brulc conjured up an atmosphere entirely suited to the poems while at the same time she created her own vision of this festive and beautiful poetry. In the distance there is a sky with crimson red clouds, while on the paper torn out of a school notebook are plants, which appear as almost dry but at the same time alive in their persistence in growth, partially interwoven but upright and somehow spontaneously grown.– Marija Švajncer, Večer (Čitalnica), 15 Sep
Words, words, words. The actual and virtual worlds we inhabit are full forms in which people share words about everything imaginable. But the Random Project does so in a slightly different way – by playing around with the physical nature of those words, teasing the typographic forms in which we encounter them.– John Stones, Design Week (Typography), 24 Aug
Art Residencies //
2012 Children's Picture Book Project: What's in Mexico / Arquetopia • Oaxaca, Mexico 2000 International Collaboration / Open for the Arts • Sinji Vrh, Slovenia 1999 International Collaboration / Open for the Arts • Sinji Vrh, Slovenia
Art Projects / Self-initiated //
2014 Typographic Project: Edible Valentine Type: Love & Kisses 2013 Mexico Project: Espagueti con chile pobalno 2012–current Children's Picture Book Project: What's in Mexico 2010 Public Art Project: Baptism at the River Savica (UNESCO World Book Capital 2010) / Prešeren’s Statue, Prešernov trg • Ljubljana, Slovenia 2006 Typographic Project: Random Project (London Design Festival 2006) / Wadgas Gallery • London, UK
2011 Exhibition: Sketchbook for a Journey (Days of Poetry and Wine Festival 2011) / Knjižnica Ivana Potrča • Ptuj, Slovenia 2007 Experimental Typography Course: Book Covers for Beletrina / LCC, University of the Arts • London, UK
Creative Workshops / Children's //
2011 Book Project: Beautiful Vida (5–13 yrs old) (Days of Poetry and Wine Festival 2011) / Vrazov trg • Ptuj, Slovenia 2010 Book Project: Tales from Slovenia (2–13 yrs old) (Book Covers for Beletrina Exhibition) / Dreamspace • London, UK 2007 Wall murals (2–10 yrs old) / Beletrina Academic Press • Ljubljana, Slovenia
Collections / Public //
Random Cards / Random Project • London, UK
Type Tart Card / St Bride's Library • London, UK
Collections / Private //
Denmark • Germany • Italy • Slovenia • United Kingdom