”I begin with focusing on the topic and trying to get out of it as many elements connected to the theme. I make lots of notes and sketches. I look at how all these elements work together and if I can make something new out of different configurations. This part is the most important for me as it gives room for creative accidents. It’s also my favourite part as I can later use those accidents in my next projects — I save all of my sketches. The last stage is polishing the final project on my computer. This is also the part where I decide on how many of these analogue imperfections I want to save in my illustration.”
“Something that is definitely not helpful in my work is coming to an empty desk. I need to have some sort of starting point to think of ideas: my sketchbook, tools, some leftovers from my previous projects, colouring pens. I always aim at having these things around me when I create,” says Karolina. On top of that, one of her rituals is coming to work after another activity, like walking a dog.
For Karolina, to care means to pay attention to small, sometimes trivial things in life. The abstract elements in her illustration symbolise small and ephemeral things.