Polish + skater girl + Geisha = Magdalena Tatarek. Even her name is awesome.
The art featured here shows so many cultural influences it’s hard to name them. But, from what we can see, Magdalena Tatarek is the reigning princess of Polish Geisha Skater art which is a new genre that she apparently created.
The Asian-inspired designs for skater shoes are gorgeous. The hand-painted skateboard is too nice to take on the street, even though you’d stop traffic if you did.
Magdalena Tatarek is part of Project Mleko. The project, according to Tatarek, “arised to share colours, freshness and great design.” So far, so good, right? “We wanted to prove that it is possible in Poland to design, produce and sell original and cozy clothes. Mleko is a duo of graphics/designers experienced in the clothing industry. The designers were done with working for big clothing companies,” and “they decided to use their knowledge and skills to establish a new and independent project.”
Project Mleko sights Polish folklore as an influence, which sounds unusual, but whatever works. Mleko products are made in Poland and promote Fair Trade.
Photos courtesy of Magdalena Tatarek and Project Mleko. Check out the site for Magdalena Tatarek and Mleko design at the links below.
Magdalena Tatarek is a Cultural Farrago
Jessica Marcel — October 5, 2009 — Art & Design
References: projektmleko & coroflot