We're excited to welcome SLY EYE, also known as the Toronto-based designer and illustrator Agata Piskunowicz who loves to design cards and posters that are bright, bold, insightful.
Inspired by vintage posters and printing techniques, her aim is to keep her graphics simple and fresh. Her process starts with sketches and doodles while keeping the objective of making people smile. Her drawings are later scanned or replicated digitally. The vast majority of her prints and stationery items are risograph printed by Vide Press in Toronto.
We caught up with her to find how she creates such awesome work.
So Agata, how did you come to create your collection?
I created the food series because I am always thinking about food. The original series consisted of 10 posters that were digitally printed and were more complex. I was inspired by the retro vintage Italian and French posters of food and beverages. When I decided to print them using risograph I picked my 4 best sellers and minimized the design. I think the outcome is closer to the vintage and retro look/feel. The ramen poster is probably the leader of the pack, understandably so since it’s become a worldwide comfort food. *slurp*
What is your design background? What are you most interested in?
I started my career in photography and then went into Art Direction. Photography has been a tool that has helped me strengthen my visual composition in my head. I also taught myself computer software to use for design. Most of my day-to-day work I do is branding for start-ups in the fashion and beauty industry. I’ve always loved to doodle and draw but would never have considered myself an Illustrator. My process today starts with a visual image in my head that gets jotted down with a fountain pen on paper. I then move onto the computer to start the design. I get very inspired looking at other designers and illustrators on Instagram. Sometimes life gets in the way and I can’t sit down to work through an idea, but when I do I get completely lost in the flow. I love the look and feel of risograph printing. I also really appreciate how accessible it is to artists to get their work beautifully printed. Having constraints of colours allows for more interesting work and I’m working to explore this in more depth. I have also always created greeting cards for friends or special occasions. Spreading good vibes and making people feel good really does something for me. When I started printing my greeting cards using risograph printing I felt like I found the perfect combination of medium for my message.
What informs your work?
The thing that gives me the spark to make my work is the way I feel when I make it. My life consists right now of trying to make pockets of time so I can sit down and get lost in new ideas. Sometimes I don’t really understand why my process gets me so excited to create, but then again I’d rather not ask myself those questions in case “big bad logic” comes in and tells me to stop. I guess I’m just doing what feels right and seeing where it will take me.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m currently working on a couple of poster series. I can’t wait to explore more of what I can do using the risograph method. I’m hoping to make my style more concise with a little more zhoosh and flare.
I’m trying to find the rhythm and balance of creating new work and I think getting myself into some wholesale situations would push me to stick to the retailers buying seasons. It’s all a learning process and you won’t know until you try. Right?
Shop her collection here!