Artist Spotlight: Barbara Dziadosz’s beautiful vintage-inspired design
Barbara Dziadosz is an illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany. Barbara is making her Tendr debut with a series of card for our Holiday 2016 Collection. We’re so excited to be showcasing her vintage-inspired designs!
When you look at Barbara Dziadosz’s work, there is a distinct vision. The bulbous forms, carefully selected color palette and simple textures are her signatures, but the jaunty, eclectic subject matter are what bring her designs to life.
At first glance, it’s clear this is an artist with a vision. Barbara says that comes her fascination with vintage art and design.
“I’m very influenced by vintage illustration from all over the world,” she says. “I always admired illustrations from the 20s through the 60s and wanted to work just like them.”
Citing Russian avant-garde illustrator Boris Ermolenko and French illustrator Fernand Nathan as inspirations, her art carries on those traditions of clean lines and simple, figures.
Even as a kid, Barbara was obsessed with drawing and painting.
“Every free minute I would spend creating some pictures and coming up with stories,” she says. “After school I just decided that I wanted to continue doing art.”
Over the years, Barbara has worked in printmaking, editorial, illustrated recipes and character design. Her art has appeared in Frankie Magazine and Anorak, and her clients include Urban Outfitters and Land of Nod, among others.
“I couldn’t think of anything else that would be more wonderful than working as an illustrator,” she says. “I’m incredibly lucky that I can call that my job!”
Barbara says that for her, Christmas is about, “gathering with family and having an incredible feast for days”. Her holiday traditions come from her Polish roots, including “only eating fish on christmas day, waiting for the first star to rise before opening the presents or adding an extra plate on the table just in case someone in need comes to the door and asks for shelter.”