Mid-century Modern Meets Contemporary Illustration with Barbara Dziadosz


Barbara Dziadosz is a freelance illustrator from Hamburg, Germany. She specializes in printmaking, illustrating recipes, and designing characters. Seemingly inspired by mid-century children’s books, Barbara’s work is adored worldwide for its uniform colour palette and vintage style. Her client list includes Anorak, Urban Outfitters, and Frankie magazine, amongst many others.

Papirmass subscribers will receive two prints from Barbara in the mail in April 2017. Subscribe by March 31.

Tell us about the prints we are releasing for Papirmass (not pictured).

These flower-hands are part of an ongoing personal project. Every time I see a beautiful flower, I can’t help myself and need to make an illustration. This gives me the opportunity to illustrate the current season in flowers!

Papirmass April 2017 featured artist Barbara Dziadosz

What is your creative process?

I always start with a classic sketch in my sketchbook. Then, using software, I make a digital composition where I combine scans of hand-drawn elements and textures to create clean lines. Overlaying just a few select colours I try to mimic the process of screen printing, giving my graphic shapes a handmade touch.Papirmass April 2017 featured artist Barbara Dziadosz

Tell us about your studio.

I work from home at a beautiful desk that my husband built. Here, everything I need is within reach, but sometimes I visit my former school’s screen printing studio, which is just around the corner.

Papirmass April 2017 featured artist Barbara Dziadosz

What is the most important item in your studio?

My most important item is definitely my sketchbook. Even though I work mainly digital, I need to start with a pencil and a sketch. I just couldn’t work without it!

How has your practice changed over time?

My approach to my illustrations always changes. I try to keep myself busy and always to try out new things to improve the way I work.

Papirmass April 2017 featured artist Barbara Dziadosz

What do you love most about the city you live in?

I love Hamburg’s harbour and the water. Even though it’s a big city, it has a cozy feeling because of the beach and all the canals.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

The freedom of planning my days just the way I like.

Papirmass April 2017 featured artist Barbara Dziadosz

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

Keep yourself busy, be productive as much as possible and connect with other creatives.


Barbara Dziadosz is our April 2017 artist.
See more at salon.io/barbara-dziadosz