A THIRD MELBA, PLEASE

One thing we know by now is that making plans is an unpredictable and uncertain business. 2020 might (still) have surprises in store, but we are trying to keep adequate to the challenges. The third edition of MELBA is different from the previous ones. Hybrid and reformatted in order to make the events accessible and live (online and live-live) even in COVID-19 times.

MIXING GOOD DESIGN MEANINGFULLY

MELBA keeps on mixing good design meaningfully in a one-of-a-kind experience that boosts the creative profession, brings valuable ideas on the spotlight and triggers beneficial impact. Here is the quick overview of the program. Make sure you visit the cool website we have this year (courtesy of NEXT-DC).

MELBA PROGRAM | 5-15 Nov 2020

SYMPOSIUM | Online live | 7.11, Saturday – get your early bird ticket for 20 BGN until 30.10 from here.

Chris Haughton, Lucie Koldova, Max Siedentopf, Paula Zuccotti, Verònica Fuerte / Hey

THREE EXHIBITIONS, welcoming visitors in open door galleries and free access: Review of Bulgarian Design 2020 with the participation of ten magnificent projects that nourish our environment beautifully and meaningfully, Illustrated Constitution and TestPress.

DESIGNATHON CLASS thinking creatively about the digital product. Tickets for the class are limited to only 15. Hurry up!

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LOVE AND THANKS to all our supporters, partners and friends in this endeavour.
Stay healthy, keep safe and let’s see each other soon for a MELBA.

 

AWAKEN CREATIVITY by VICKY KNYSH

The incomparable and multitalented visual artist Vicky Knysh is holding her first design class at the beginning of April in Generator. As organisers of the event for Generator, we from Studio Komplekt, are thrilled and excited to be part of this creative adventure. Expect to learn some behind the scenes moves about her characteristic drawings and how they come to life in various situations and formats – pictures, short animation, motion graphics, mobile applications, showcases and various products. Minushka – Knysh’s personal brand – embodies her colourful and full of heroic world and will be present as well at the end of the event to take away some of her wonderful goodies.

Currently Vicky is based in Dublin, where she is professionally balancing between illustration, animation and commercial design. In Sofia she will delve into the subject of how one can master the art of keeping their creativity awaken. She has also invited two special guests, equally successful and inspiring designers – Assya Koleva and Mila Lozanova

Follow Vicky Knysh in Instagram
For more information about her Design Class at Generator – visit the Facebook page of the event here.

While we sharpen our pencils for April, read some personal thoughts from Vicky about various topics:

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How do you like to start and end each day? I love my day starting slowly, with a little yoga and planning the tasks. But in reality my mornings are not at all quiet. However, yoga is happening.

What’s your view on design and illustration? My look on the design totally changed as I moved to Dublin. The difference between Bulgaria and Ireland is enormous. What I’m still learning here is that design is not just beautiful, but also solves problems. The illustration has unlimited possibilities and is a very flexible means of work. With the improvement of digital media, she will have more and more life and she is going to develop in new directions.

Who and what are your biggest influences?  The difficult projects which I managed to realise despite the fact that my legs were trembling, but I still managed to do them. My family and friends, and living in 3 different countries.

You have a well curated Instagram profile. What’s your relationship to social media and your audience?
I really love Instagram and I find it the perfect platform for a creative person. Social media is a super tool, but as with the case of sugar, one must consume it carefully. My audience is creative people who work as such or simply seek inspiration.

Do you have a philosophy or motto that you live by? I believe it is important to keep your inner child awake because you can create through it.

What makes you laugh? Children and Irish people after having a few drinks.

Currently listening to/reading/watching: I listen to podcasts, read TWO CARAVANS by Marina Lewycka and watch a lot of animations.

Do you have favourite tools for your work? I’ve been drawing more and more with Procreate on iPad lately, I’m just addicted to it.

What great things did you discover in 2017 and what do you expect most for 2018? In 2017 I worked in an advertising agency and I remember how every day I wanted to find a way to be a freelancer. Also, in order to create, you do not need many techniques and schemes, you must use whatever you have and just go with it. In 2018 I expect to run my first class in design and meet many new wonderful people.
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TRAVELLING COUNTRY

Our article on the story behind the new short animated movie by Vessela Dancheva and Ivan Bogdanov got picked up for a cover of the latest issue of Capital LIGHT. The13 minutes non-dialogue, picturesque narration revolves around the extreme limits of personal freedom and one’s place in a society, sometimes lead by an unsuitable leader ruining its very foundations. Our focus was more on the visual representation of the characters and the artistic director – the talented Rossitsa Raleva. We also touched upon the music, carried by the magic Bulgarian voices of ‘Eva Quartet’ and ‘Yulangelo Ensemble’. It’s a fantastic animated tale about seeking one’s true identity and freedom.

The movie is co-produced by the Croatian Bonobostudio and is already amassing awards at the festivals. Take a look at the trailer of Travelling Country – here.

The full version of the article can be read in our column for Capital LIGHT in print and on-line.