Maria Bradovkova

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About Maria Bradovkova

Student of painting at Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow/Poland. Graduated in design at Technical University in Kosice/Slovakia (BA) and Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow/Poland (MA). Currently working in field of painting, drawing, illustration and occasionally graphic design. In her artistic practice she uses traditional techniques like ink, gouache on paper, oil on canvas. She creates sentimental figurative images. In her focus is person and his relation with outside world.

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Interview with Maria Bradovkova

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Since childhood, I enjoyed drawing and looking through albums about history of art from my parents collection. My educational background was not simple. In college, I focused on fashion design, later I have graduated in design, visual communication. After a one year, I have decided to go back to uni and study art, what I have always wanted.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I dont have my own studio. I am student of painting at Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland. It is the oldest Polish fine arts academy. I will graduate next year.
What is "design" for you?
Design is project. It is selection of forms relative to the goal.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
In general, I appreciate design that is simple, intuitive, playful and conscious. Personally I like minimalistic design made of natural materials with handmade, craft touch.
When do you feel the most creative?
When I get inspired by experience, reading or supported by people. When I work a lot, and I see progress.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
The beginning is very important because I need to articulate my goal, vision and decide about how I am going to do it.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
Its mix of feelings. I feel inspired, curious and nervous too, If I will be able to put on paper the vision I have.
What makes a design successful?
Beside the quality of the product, it should connect with people, respond to their problems or needs.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
Design should serve the idea. Regarding product design, it must work well, when person can understand and operate it simply and intuitively and product last for years.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
For my personal projects, my inspiration comes from meeting people, connecting with myself, observation. When I read or listen discussion, when I relax after sport. If I let stress to let go, it gives space for new ideas.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
I draw and paint illustrations that are figurative. At the moment I work with gouache on paper. Pictures are nostalgic in selected colour pallet.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live currently in Cracow, Poland. There is very rich cultural heritage, artists and illustrators. I feel lucky, because I feel surrounded by many inspirational people. There is no way not to be affected but I think, everybody creates his own style.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
When I do personal project — drawing or painting. I need a vision, then I draw a sketch to decide about the composition. As a next step I do it in colour, If I am not sure about colour palette, I do more different sketches. Sometimes I start without the plan — little challenges for my creativity like in awarded project Splash.
Can you describe a day in your life?
Because I am full time student, I spent in my uni most of the day painting. But since quarantine started I have removed my work to my room.
Who are some of your clients?
Between 2012-2016 I was working for World Student Christian Federation in Europe, I was designing some small graphics and layout.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
I enjoy making illustrations, drawing or painting. I like handmade aspect of it. It's a playful process.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I would like to do good diploma project, series of painting and drawings next year. I desire to live from my work, to do commissions.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I work on my personal art projects most of the time. Besides, I have some logo design requests.
How can people contact you?
I have my profile on Behance, Instagram or simply through my email: maria.bradovkova@gmail.com.

Extended Interview with Maria Bradovkova

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I did my BA in design, Faculty of Arts, Technical University of Kosice in Kosice, Slovakia. I have completed my MA (specialization in visual communication) in Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland. Currently, I am in the fourth year of my second master studies in painting in Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Since childhood, I enjoyed drawing and desired to be a painter. On my way, I went through design.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
I am not an active designer, I actually focus on art — drawing, painting, illustration at the moment. I do graphic design occasionally.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I do drawing, painting, illustration, occasionaly graphic design.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
I would say commitment, practice, constant development and originality, consciousness.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
In my opinion it should be original, fresh, practical, ergonomic, engaging, intuitive, and playful. Well-made product that answers problem of many and its conscious, sustainable, last for years.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Good design serves people and environment. It's educational.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
In terms of illustrations, there are books and picture books of polish illustrators Iwona Chmielewska and Joanna Concejo. They use Very sensitive and poetic narration through symbols and metaphors.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
I am happy about my diploma project. Under supervision of prof. Władysław Pluta, together with advices regarding photography from dr. Tomáš Agat Błoński, I designed two albums — photo biography, about my aunt Antonia. Its was personal, not commercial project but it has a value for my family. Its like a memoir with archival photos together with photos I made for purpose of the album, presenting her everyday life and personal belongings. It was a challenge to collect and select material, create layout. I am very happy about the result. It has a charm, handmade touch, under supervision I did bookbinding myself. It was challenging and complex project.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
I would work in craft potentially. I enjoy handmade process of creating.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design for me is a good project that is conscious, attentive to people and environment.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
I don't consider myself great designer or artists. I am at the beginning of my path. I have met many supportive teachers and professors during my studies, and last but not least, my family and close ones.
What helped you to become a great designer?
As I said, I am not a great designer or artist yet. I am a student. Time will tell, how I will transform into practise all that education I went through.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
I am keen on doing more personal work, illustrations and paintings.
How does design help create a better society?
In my opinion design should be educational and conscious about the environment.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
If all goes well, there is a project — product design I designed when I was younger and with some help I hope it will go to the market. Beside that, I am excited when I transform my ideas into images on paper or canvas.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
When working on graphic design project, I always start from research, knowing the client and his expectation. When I do personal project — drawing or painting. I need a vision, then I draw a sketch to decide about the composition. As a next step I do it in colour, If I am not sure about colour palette, I do more different sketches.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
In my drawing and illustrations, I choose analogue techniques. I like to experiment with watercolour, ink, pencil, crayons, chalk on paper and combine it together. Recently I work with gouache on paper. I do oilpaintings on canvas too. When I do some graphic design projects, I use Adobe Package.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
Its important because colour creates atmosphere, mental correlations, and together with material and proportion it defines character of design. Material creates sensual experience, effects economic aspects.

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