Under lockdown, Aga Giecko’s wonky, wobbly, and weird characters are giving us the comic therapy we all need.
For Rainbow of Hope, Evermade's latest series of prints, we had the pleasure of working with Aga on a print inspired by the rainbow. You can purchase the final quirky piece below - 100% of the profits will be donated to NHS Charities Together.
We all deserve a couple of smiles during quarantine, and recently, Polish illustrator Aga Giecko has been cracking us up. The Camberwell College of Arts alumni is best known for bringing out the bizarre little personalities of household items through her illustrations. Content coffee machines, aggressive shrivelled chillies, smiling sunflowers, sword-fighting sausages; these are the kind of cheeky characters that inhabit Aga’s world. The South London-based artist has featured these funny figures on stickers, ceramics, prints, and even Lazy Oaf clothing - she can now be sported by cartoon lovers world over. By keeping her practice immutably unique, and never taking herself too seriously, her work has caught the attention of kindred clients and publications - in 2018 Giecko was one of It’s Nice That Graduates to watch.
Here at Evermade, we haven’t been able to look away since we first saw her heart-warming creations. With her signature sharpie style, Aga has not only created an endearing motley crew of characters, but a body of work awash in joyful colour and laugh out loud moments.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Wonky cheeky funny
What’s in your art toolkit?
Marker pen, music and a messy notebook
Could you share your playlist for the Rainbow of Hope project with us?
Who are some artists you really admire at the moment?
Stefan Marx, Filip Pągowski, Michał Loba
What are the positives you have come across during lockdown? How do you think it will change your point of view in future?
I definitely became more appreciative of small, simple pleasures and things, which is great. I had a lot of time to rethink my practice, creative process and future plans. I learnt a couple of new skills like baking, more advanced yoga or animation and I hope they’re here to stay.
What are you looking forward to most when the lockdown is over?
Probably going back home for a couple of days and spending some time with my family.
What’s your message to health workers right now?
I can’t even describe how grateful I am to all the health workers putting their lives in danger everyday fighting this disease. They are the real heroes and I hope they will be recognised as so.
As the latest collaborator on our Rainbow of Hope project, Aga is serving up the key ingredient found in most of her work: joy. The artist told us her electrically-coloured piece "represents hope, gratitude for essential workers and togetherness." She hopes to remind us that "spring will come, it always does and it will blossom with our kindness." Her print, titled Spring is Coming, begins with a simple symbol of a bouquet, and then adds a host of happy, mischievous characters to make a 'thank you' gift fit for bringing smiles.
To get your hands on Aga's limited edition artwork, click the link below. There are only 100 prints available, and 100% of the profits are going to NHS Charities Together.
Aga's artwork titled Spring is Coming, with 100% profits of art print sales going to NHS Charities Together.
You can check out more of Aga's work here!