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Illustrations by Natalia Lewandowska
Design by Rebecca Hawkes

‘Volt Introduces’ 8 young artists who were commissioned to illustrate love as fashion and art.
What makes their heart beat faster?

Having attained a BA in Graphic Design at the University of Arts London, Natalia Lewandowska successfully completed her MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. She has a love for design, illustration, research and film; her practice mixes disciplines through collaborations. What else does she love? We are about to find out.

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Volt Café: Where does your passion for illustrations come from?
Natalia Lewandowska
: The main source for my passion is my exaggerated imagination. In addition to that, I am always extensively fascinated by trivial moments… for example… I am super excited when I see a mouse on the London underground or when I realize that everyone on the train has differently shaped lips. Generally, lips have such strange shapes and colours.

VC: What or who is your biggest crush?
NL
: My black, fluffy cat, who has round, yellow eyes… It is so bizarre to have a hairy predator with sharp white canine teeth walking around you in your house… the way we communicate without words is fascinating. Otherwise, salted caramel macaroons – but only by Ladurée – and people with dimples.

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VC: How would you describe your illustrative style?
NL
: I was never able to describe my illustrative style. Usually, other people do it for me. My employers tend to say that my collages are like ‘a magical forest where you can lose yourself’. My colleagues describe my drawings as ‘ironic moments in people’s life with a funny touch’. While my tutors state that ‘I am a clever observer of the other people’s emotions’. I have also received an illustration award from Sir Quentin Blake, who described my artworks as ‘a series of drawings of rooms completely without human presence but nevertheless full of a sense of demand’.

VC: What chances do you see in being an illustrator?
NL
: As an illustrator and graphic designer I am constantly illustrating my visions… either through my work or in my head. So far I was lucky to work on creative and commercial projects placed all over London. Since I was 19 years old I have worked with well-established landscape designers, architects, multidisciplinary creative agencies, choreographers, international artists, filmmakers and even hypnotherapists. Most of the projects are already build or were screened at the British Film Institute. Currently, I am illustrating my visions for a practice of interior designers based in Shepherds Bush.

5_NataliaLewandowska_smallVC: What is your background?
NL
: I developed my illustrative skills during my BA degree in Graphic Design at the University of Arts London. Afterwards, I explored my ideas further through MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, where my project was awarded with Distinction. Meanwhile, I took part in over 30 exhibitions and collaborative projects.

VC: What is your biggest goal so far?
NL
: I am dreaming of getting financial support or a scholarship for my future PhD project. Fingers crossed.

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VC: We asked you to illustrate ‘Love’. In words, what is love for you?
NL
: Love is hidden in trivial moments. It is visible when your other half always remembers that you are allergic to curry and that you can’t stand lip smacking sounds. Love is when your partner knows which words make you shudder and which songs make you shiver.

VC: What are you dreaming of?
NL
: Literally? I am dreaming all the time… even when I am awake. My dreams are a mixture of ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ written by Haruki Murakami and ‘Twin Peaks’ directed by Mark Frost and David Lynch. In the background you can hear sounds inspired by Jon Hopkins… especially song entailed ‘Cold out there’. Actually, most of my ideas come from daydreaming.

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VC: What do you notice about the streets of London?
NL
: I can see people constantly licking their fingers to flick morning newspaper every Monday. I can hear people singing in Brixton every Friday. I can feel creative potential through bespoke events, performances and amazing exhibiting spaces. I had fantastic opportunities to display my artworks in extraordinary spaces with people from all over the world. London is a mix of all cultures, and therefore, it is a perfect place to express oneself.

VC: What idea/trend would you like to share with us?
NL
: I would like to share the idea of life without stereotypes. Sounds so easy, yet it is almost impossible to achieve.

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Words by Ellen Grace Albers and Nikki Neervens

 

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