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Tina​
Siuda
Poland
based in Porto . Portugal
30 years . illustrator

I​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​Poland,​ ​30​ ​years​ ​ago.​ ​My​ ​parents​ ​are​ ​both​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​I​ ​had​ ​a very​ ​colorful​ ​childhood.​ ​My​ ​first​ ​best​ ​friend​ ​was​ ​my​ ​cat,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​very clever​ ​and​ ​he​ ​thought​ ​me​ ​how​ ​to​ ​make​ ​funny​ ​cat​ ​noises.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​child​ ​I imagined​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​dancer​ ​or​ ​working​ ​with​ ​wild​ ​dolphins,​ ​I​ ​became​ ​an illustrator​ ​instead.​ ​I’m​ ​super​ ​shy,​ ​but​ ​not​ ​on​ ​the​ ​dance​ ​floor.​ ​I​ ​continue being​ ​friends​ ​with​ ​cats.​ ​I​ ​love​ ​sitting​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sun​ ​until​ ​I’m​ ​pink.​ ​Blue​ ​is​ ​my favourite​ ​color.

Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
// Which​ ​media​ ​do​ ​you​ ​use​ ​to​ ​express​ ​yourself?

Well​ ​sharpened​ ​pencils,​ ​gouache​ ​paint,​ ​colorful​ ​and​ ​shiny​ ​bits​ ​of​ ​paper. When​ ​I​ ​get​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​I​ ​print​ ​silkscreens,​ ​it's​ ​my​ ​favourite​ ​printing technique,​ ​I​ ​love​ ​flat​ ​colors​ ​and​ ​playing​ ​with​ ​negative​ ​space.

Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
// What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​biggest​ ​motivation​ ​to​ ​create?​ ​What​ ​inspires​ ​you?

Well,​ ​creative​ ​work​ ​is​ ​how​ ​I​ ​pay​ ​my​ ​bills,​ ​so​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​good​ ​motivation​ ​:) Somehow​ ​I​ ​also​ ​feel​ ​the​ ​responsibility​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​drawing,​ ​as​ ​if something​ ​bad​ ​will​ ​happen​ ​if​ ​I’d​ ​stop.

I​ ​get​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​things​ ​I​ ​see.​ ​My​ ​flying​ ​cats​ ​in​ ​the​ ​living​ ​room,​ ​where​ ​I work.​ ​Soft​ ​colours​ ​and​ ​textures​ ​I​ ​find​ ​in​ ​nature.​ ​Talented​ ​people. Memories​ ​of​ ​my​ ​childhood.​ ​Hand​ ​gestures.

Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
// What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​creative​ ​process​ ​like?

It​ ​depends​ ​on​ ​the​ ​project.​ ​Sometimes​ ​I​ ​sketch​ ​out​ ​all​ ​the​ ​ideas​ ​I​ ​have, brainstorm​ ​with​ ​images​ ​and​ ​words.​ ​Try​ ​to​ ​find​ ​out​ ​how​ ​I​ ​understand​ ​a subject,​ ​what​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​my​ ​mind.​ ​I​ ​pick​ ​the​ ​pieces​ ​that​ ​interest​ ​me​ ​most and​ ​put​ ​them​ ​together.

Sometimes​ ​I​ ​know​ ​exactly​ ​how​ ​the​ ​final​ ​work​ ​should​ ​look​ ​like.​ ​I​ ​just
imagine​ ​it,​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​sketching.​ ​I​ ​wait​ ​until​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​is​ ​fully​ ​shaped,​ ​then​ ​it just​ ​pours​ ​out​ ​on​ ​paper.

Sometimes​ ​I​ ​let​ ​my​ ​materials​ ​decide.​ ​It’s​ ​usually​ ​when​ ​I​ ​work​ ​on​ ​personal projects.​ ​The​ ​shapes​ ​and​ ​shades​ ​of​ ​paper​ ​bits​ ​fall​ ​in​ ​place​ ​and​ ​I​ ​just​ ​glue them​ ​together,​ ​then​ ​add​ ​a​ ​little​ ​animal​ ​hiding​ ​somewhere​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​done.

Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
// What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​do​ ​in​ ​your​ ​daily​ ​routine​ ​to​ ​help​ ​maintain​ ​creativity?

Creativity​ ​is​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​element,​ ​even​ ​if​ ​I​ ​try​ ​to​ ​figure​ ​out​ ​what​ ​should​ ​be​ ​for dinner.​ ​When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​work,​ ​I​ ​carry​ ​a​ ​sketchbook​ ​everywhere​ ​I​ ​go,​ ​so there​ ​is​ ​always​ ​paper​ ​I​ ​can​ ​put​ ​my​ ​ideas​ ​on.​ ​Watching​ ​beautiful​ ​images and​ ​movies​ ​and​ ​going​ ​outdoors​ ​also​ ​helps​ ​the​ ​flow.​ ​Sometimes​ ​taking​ ​a break​ ​is​ ​a​ ​good​ ​stimulant​ ​too.

Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
// What​ ​are​ ​you​ ​favorite​ ​works​ ​or​ ​projects​ ​that​ ​you​ ​have​ ​done?​ ​What​ ​was the​ ​motive?

Each​ ​project​ ​is​ ​very​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​emotional.​ ​It’s​ ​like​ ​making​ ​new​ ​foreign friends,​ ​spending​ ​time​ ​with​ ​them,​ ​but​ ​after​ ​a​ ​while​ ​they​ ​have​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​and you​ ​are​ ​left​ ​with​ ​memories.​ ​Every​ ​series​ ​of​ ​drawings​ ​I​ ​made​ ​was​ ​like​ ​that for​ ​me.

Working​ ​on​ ​commissioned​ ​projects​ ​is​ ​different,​ ​since​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​third party​ ​involved.​ ​One​ ​of​ ​my​ ​favourite​ ​projects​ ​was​ ​a​ ​visual​ ​identity​ ​for PLAY​ ​-​ ​International​ ​Festival​ ​of​ ​Cinema​ ​for​ ​Children​ ​and​ ​Youth​ ​in​ ​Lisbon in​ ​2016.​ ​I​ ​drew​ ​a​ ​few​ ​imaginary​ ​animals.​ ​The​ ​client​ ​allowed​ ​me​ ​total freedom​ ​and​ ​trusted​ ​in​ ​all​ ​my​ ​decisions.​ ​Later​ ​my​ ​illustrations​ ​appeared on​ ​all​ ​material​ ​promoting​ ​the​ ​festival​ ​around​ ​Lisbon​ ​and​ ​there​ ​even​ ​was​ ​a special​ ​collection​ ​of​ ​temporary​ ​tattoos​ ​for​ ​kids​ ​with​ ​my​ ​drawings.​ ​My heart​ ​was​ ​full.

Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
// Have​ ​you​ ​had​ ​a​ ​decisive​ ​moment​ ​in​ ​your​ ​career?​ ​How​ ​did​ ​this​ ​influence your​ ​trajectory?

It​ ​hasn’t​ ​been​ ​very​ ​long​ ​since​ ​I​ ​started,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​can​ ​tell​ ​what​ ​has​ ​led​ ​to​ ​the place,​ ​where​ ​I​ ​am​ ​today...

In​ ​Poland​ ​I​ ​studied​ ​graphic​ ​design​ ​and​ ​multimedia​ ​arts,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​couldn’t​ ​see my​ ​future​ ​in​ ​it,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​begun​ ​drawing​ ​imaginary​ ​people​ ​and​ ​creatures​ ​in​ ​my sketchbook.​ ​Then​ ​I​ ​decided​ ​I​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​go​ ​abroad​ ​and​ ​do​ ​my​ ​masters​ ​in Porto.​ ​Once​ ​I​ ​was​ ​there,​ ​a​ ​friend​ ​from​ ​my​ ​class​ ​showed​ ​my​ ​sketches​ ​to​ ​an illustration​ ​gallery.​ ​After​ ​that​ ​I​ ​had​ ​my​ ​first​ ​exhibition,​ ​some​ ​people bought​ ​my​ ​works​ ​and​ ​I​ ​thought​ ​I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​live​ ​my​ ​life​ ​as​ ​an​ ​illustrator.

Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
// Who​ ​are​ ​your​ ​influences,​ ​inspirations,​ ​or​ ​preferred​ ​artists?​ ​How​ ​do they​ ​reflect​ ​in​ ​your​ ​own​ ​work?

Oh,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​terrible​ ​at​ ​listing​ ​names!​ ​I​ ​admire​ ​so​ ​many​ ​people​ ​and​ ​I​ ​think​ ​it’s not​ ​only​ ​artists​ ​that​ ​influence​ ​my​ ​work.​ ​What​ ​influences​ ​me​ ​is​ ​hard​ ​work, determination​ ​and​ ​humor​ ​not​ ​only​ ​in​ ​art.​ ​Brave​ ​people​ ​with​ ​a​ ​great​ ​heart and​ ​understanding​ ​for​ ​others,​ ​those​ ​who​ ​dedicate​ ​their​ ​time​ ​and​ ​energy to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​difference.

They​ ​give​ ​me​ ​a​ ​reason​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​what​ ​I’m​ ​doing​ ​and​ ​being​ ​better, making​ ​the​ ​best​ ​of​ ​our​ ​time​ ​here.

// Do​ ​you​ ​think​ ​there​ ​still​ ​exists​ ​a​ ​bias​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​women's​ ​free expression?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​this​ ​in​ ​your​ ​work?

Yes,​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​women​ ​are​ ​underestimated,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​is​ ​changing.​ ​Sometimes​ ​it reflects​ ​in​ ​the​ ​way​ ​our​ ​work​ ​is​ ​valued​ ​and​ ​questioned.

// What​ ​makes​ ​you​ ​happy?

Sunny​ ​days​ ​and​ ​feeling​ ​that​ ​I​ ​belong.

Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
Tina​ ​Siuda por Projeto Curadoria
// What​ ​tips​ ​could​ ​you​ ​give​ ​to​ ​other​ ​women​ ​to​ ​help​ ​them​ ​bring​ ​their creations​ ​into​ ​reality?

I​ ​can​ ​only​ ​talk​ ​from​ ​my​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​I​ ​would​ ​say​ ​-​ ​create​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as you​ ​can​ ​until​ ​there​ ​is​ ​so​ ​much​ ​of​ ​it​ ​that​ ​it​ ​doesn’t​ ​fit​ ​in​ ​your​ ​drawer... Don’t​ ​overthink.​ ​Oh,​ ​and​ ​allow​ ​yourself​ ​being​ ​helped​ ​by​ ​others.

// Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​new​ ​project​ ​in​ ​the​ ​works?​

I​ ​am​ ​longing​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​self-published​ ​picture​ ​book.​ ​I​ ​already​ ​have​ ​a​ ​series of​ ​original​ ​drawings,​ ​now​ ​it’s​ ​time​ ​to​ ​put​ ​them​ ​together.​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​tiny cats​ ​and​ ​giants​ ​involved.

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