Art and Design

Ukrainian ornamental folk art

Liked UNESCO – Petrykivka decorative painting as a phenomenon of the Ukrainian ornamental folk art (

The people of the village of Petrykivka decorate their living quarters, household belongings and musical instruments with a style of ornamental painting that is characterized by fantastic flowers and other natural elements, based on careful observation of the local flora and fauna. This art is rich in symbolism: the rooster stands for fire and spiritual awakening, while birds represent light, harmony and happiness. In folk belief, the paintings protect people from sorrow and evil.

Onions by Iryna Ulianivna Pylypenko, 1979 – reminds me of Rifle Paper Co Anna Bond’s floral compositions
Maria Tykhonivna Shyshatska, 1976 – this color palette definitely feels very seventies 🙂
‘Ladies’ choice’ by Fedir Savych Panko, 1983 – this makes me think of Disney’s Cinderella for some reason? Maybe making that up 🤷‍♀️

Came across Petrykivka’s decorative floral motifs through UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage.

Art and Design

Read Black Africa Impressions Vol. 2

Read Black Africa (Belvedere Designbook, Vol 2) (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish Edition)

Design team: Wolfgang Hageney, Diana Lelli, Luce Delhove, Antonello Martino, Luigi Deleo, Francesca Schiavon, Anna Maria Troiani, Etsuko Kakui

Asked my library for recs on graphic design beyond Western tradition and this 40 year old book was the only offering on African design 🤦‍♀️

After I flipped through the pattern pages, I saw the note that the designs were created by an Italian team (with one African team member based on the names) 🤦‍♀️ So I wish I hadn’t bothered borrowing this!

Classic typography