View set on Kuvva.comKevin Karanja, a.k.a. Konation, hails from Nairobi, Kenya. Karanja is a self-taught digital designer, specialising in motion and graphic design. He aims to have his own design collective one day. His work is not commercially focused, but he “always tries to make art”. His biggest fear is to be generic. The set featured on Kuvva is entitled ‘Akili ni nywele’, which is a Swahili proverb that translates to “Intelligence is [like] hair, every person has his/her own”. It is used to portray a sense of uniqueness in an individual’s intelligence, opinion or creativity.
View set on Kuvva.comBrandon Graham (1976) is a comics artist, best known for his work on the series ‘Multiple Warheads’ and the Image series ‘Prophet’. He grew up in Seattle and at a young age decided his time was better spend drawing comics rather than going to school. He managed to get his first comic published at the age of 19. He’s been honing his craft ever since. In 2013, Graham was nominated for five Eisner awards. He currently lives with his wife Marian Churchland in Vancouver BC.
View set on Kuvva.comSarah Milton is a surface pattern designer and printmaker from York, UK. Her surface patterns are a series of striking geometric prints that derive from abstracted typography. She’s adopted a unique drawing style, using origami folds to distort letters, numbers and characters. Milton’s work results in a bold and rhythmic collection that switches what is usually legible (typography), and what is not (process). She’s just launched her first Wallpaper Collection at Designjunction during the 2012 London Design Festival.
London Workshop is a graphic art and design studio. Producing work across illustration, graphic design, typography and moving image. It is also a store selling a range of limited edition prints. Check out the whole set on Kuvva.
View set on Kuvva.comJosse Blasse is a Dutch illustrator. His illustrations are characterized by his fresh humor, unexpected shapes, bright colors and a lot of hand-lettering. Josse has won prizes for his work for Lowlands, Jack Parow, and even Kuvva. His work can be found in Dutch newspapers, magazines (Das Magazin, HOI) and in a wide variety of other media.
View set on Kuvva.comJaclyn Perrone has been living in New York City for the past 7.5 years, where she spent the first half studying Visual Arts at Fordham University Lincoln Center. After that she started working as a web designer and developer in Manhattan. Perrone works with many subjects and media, though her most recent work has focussed on creating surrealistic cityscapes using pen and ink, capturing the creepy and whimsical quality of the city streets she walks along everyday.
View set on Kuvva.comOmar Khalifa is a storyteller, documentarian and art photographer based in Doha, Qatar. He makes international news and current-affairs programs that have been recognized and praised worldwide. His professional work includes production for companies such as Al Jazeera, Vodafone, Vice and Levi’s. His short films and photography have been exhibited internationally in over forty cities. Khalifa also runs the Hakawati Collective and heads up production at The Film House.
View set on Kuvva.comSuzanne Janssen is a young graphic designer studying in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Her main focus is on graphic design, typography and illustration; she’s also interested in broadening her skills, venturing into photography. Janssen loves spending her time on drinking lattes, reading interior design magazines, baking and listening to old records.
View set on Kuvva.comMarcus Koppen is a photographer based in Amsterdam, and has lived there for over 10 years. In the last years his focus and passion has centred on people and urban environments, and capturing them in a way that shows their character and strengths. He’s exhibited worldwide with series of captivating photography, ranging from a cityscapes project (featured here), to a portrait series on Ladyboys in Thailand. Among his awards are the New York Photo Awards, Loup Awards and EPSON International Pano Awards.
Agnes Thor is Swedish, born in 1986, lives and works in NYC. “I see these landscapes as portraits. What you see is not only grass, trees, fields. The images are a reflection of me, and also allow the viewer to see themselves. Aurora Borealis is a personal story, portraying both familiar and foreign surroundings and like memories the photographs are neither fictional nor real, but are nevertheless true.”
View set on Kuvva.comLeroy van Drie, a.k.a. LeRoi3, is an illustrator and designer hailing from The Netherlands, where he currently works for creative agency ‘The Others’. Taking inspiration from old school hip-hop, soul, electro, dubstep and trap music, his work is characterized by the chaotic mix of renders, playful dark & light contrasts and abstract shapes. He aims to entrain, surprise and stun people with his artwork.
View set on Kuvva.comKevin Schoenmakers is an aspiring Sinologist hailing from The Netherlands. He often spends his time in China, always accompanied by his camera. The set featured on Kuvva are photographs taken in Chuandixia, a small village near Beijing constructed during the Ming dynasty. The town is known for its well-preserved courtyard mansions, of which some feature classic Maoist slogans on their outer walls. A photography enthusiast of five years, Schoenmakers’ style is similar to photo-journalism, but sometimes goes the complete opposite direction.
View set on Kuvva.comMarcus Marritt is a New Zealand based digital illustrator, originally hailing from the English country. He has previously lived, worked and exhibited in both London and Sydney. As this week’s featured Kuvva set exemplifies, his favourite projects are book cover and movie poster designs. He also loves old sci-fi movies and bicycles. This coming year Marritt will be producing his first short film, under the working title of ‘Life of Coconut’.
View set on Kuvva.comPeter-Paul de Meijer is combining a medical career with one in photography. De Meijer’s images are characterized by their understated dramatic quality, playing around beautifully with contrasting shapes and colors. His work has been featured in a range of editorial magazines, such as Traveller’s World, Whitebook and Powder Magazine. The set featured here on Kuvva ushers in the spring season, while it also pays tribute to the beauty of winter. The photographs included in this set are a recollection of De Meijer’s recent travels.
View set on Kuvva.comSaša Ostoja is a 28 year old illustrator from Amsterdam, making a living out of what he loves to do the most. His work is characterised by an abundance of playfulness, colours and different shapes. Saša describes his drawings as movie stills from his own movie, and he’s the only one who knows where it began and how it will end. Saša has made quite the name for himself, designing and drawing for the likes of ‘I Love Fake’ Magazine, Chupa Chups, Vice and Toms. He graduated as a fine arts painter from the Utrecht School of the Arts.
View set on Kuvva.comRaban Haaijk is both an architect and photographer. He’s convinced that by practicing both disciplines simultaneously he’s able to acquire a better understanding of his build surroundings. The set featured here on Kuvva exposes the extraordinary yet mundane facets of everyday life under the Brasilian sky, enriched by its vibrant beaches and extraordinary Niemeyer architecture.