Artist Spotlight — Barbara Dziadosz Loves to Cook and Draw

The Kitchen Art 2018 wall calendar features the charming illustrations of Barbara Dziadosz. The lighthearted 1950s-style illustrations featured in this calendar lend a retro feel to today’s whole-foods movement. Bright colors and fresh textures showcase imaginative food combinations that will have you experimenting with even your tried-and-true recipes — and will encourage you to include the most important ingredients of all: joy and love.

As for her love of cooking, Barbara says, “In a time of abundance, it’s more important than ever to know the difference between filling up our bodies with food and eating well. Even though we live in a hectic world, it’s essential to take our time and create fresh and seasonal dishes. This is why I have chosen to illustrate healthy, easy, and quick recipes that are perfect for everyday life.”

Barbara is a freelance illustrator who specializes in screen printing, character design, and editorial design. Originally from a small town in northern Poland, she was raised in Hamburg and studied at HAW Hamburg (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences). During this time, she had the opportunity to experiment with a variety of printing techniques and fell in love with the simplicity of screen printing. She currently works for various national and international magazines and clients, and is in the process of creating a cookbook with healthy recipes. Visit her website to see more of her work.

Fishink did a wonderful Q&A with Barbara exploring her inspiration:

Which artist’s would you say that you most admire and why ?
I’m very influenced by vintage illustration from all over the world. I admire Russian avant garde illustrators like Boris Ermelenko, the bold works of Fernand Nathan, Olle Eksell, Leonard Weisgard, Alice and Martin Provensen; Miroslav Sasek, Art Seiden, Arnold Edwin Bare and many, many more. I also love old advertisements like the one from bally or old food illustrations. There is jelly eveywhere and woman serve big meals to their husbands in their pink kitchens. I also love old Czechoslovakian, Polish and Russian matchbox labels and vintage travel posters, mainly from England. I could not limit myself to one artist or one direction. Each one of them has something that fascinates me. What I mainly love about those kind of illustrations is the limited colour palette, the bold shapes, and the beautiful printing techniques they are made with.

How did you first get interested in screen printing, and do you have a preference between printing and digital means of producing an illustration ?
I started screen printing some years ago as a workshop at my school. It was hard to get in this workshop, as there is a very limited number of participants. When I finally got in, I printed as if there was no tomorrow. I printed a series about love in Morocco, which gave me the opportunity to learn everything about screen printing and its possibilties. As I began, I printed with even layers, as I didn’t know better. After this project, I decided to limit myself to just three colours and to make them semi transparent, to achieve more varieties. Nowadays I mainly work digitally, as screen printing takes too long. I’m finishing up my studies and won’t have access to the screen printing studio anymore, so I decided to learn to do my work digitally. Before that, I did all of my illustrations with classic printing techniques such as lino and wood cut, etching and lithography.

Can you describe the process you take when creating a new piece of artwork ?
I always start with some sketches and write down whatever comes to my mind by thinking about this project. When I have done that I search for some reference and do some rough sketches. When I’m satisfied with them, I take a picture of my scans and proceed digitally. I rearrange the sketches to one illustration and print it out, to add some hand drawn element. I colour it digitally, add the hand drawn element and voila!


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