Aleksandra Michalowska

I have graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (Poland) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design. I consider my profession to be a link between different fields; I have an interest in design methodology and social work. For the past five years, I have been working as a freelancer.
I completed numerous projects involving graphic/interior/stage set design and illustration. I also frequently participate in numerous educational, cultural and environmental events and actions.

I am a design graduate and I have an interest in methodology and social impact of design. For the past four years, I have been working as a freelancer and I completed numerous projects involving product and stage set design, graphics, and sculpture. I am working as a part of multidisciplinary group Rokosz and also on my own. In my professional life, I am trying to realise projects in collaboration with local communities searching for most sustainable ways to provide useful solutions and meaningful experiences, especially in the places where that kind of actions are exceptionally needed due to economic or social issues. Because of this purposes after my studies, between 2014 and 2018, I was living in small-town communities in northeastern Poland leading workshops, organising cultural events and designing in collaboration with other artists, NGOs, public institutions and private investors.

My social inquiring led me to collaboration with organisations working with people of different ages and social backgrounds. Between 2015 and 2017 I was leading workshops and lectures for Children’s University Foundation in Olsztyn. It is a well-known organization in Poland that cooperates with public universities providing education in science and art for children in form of lectures and workshops based on important questions. My lessons were dedicated to children in age 7-10 and were based on my scenarios, among others: ‘Can we pack everything?’, ‘What does a business card say about a person?’,‘what are colours telling us?’. Moreover, I was cooperating with the Culture House Foundation (Fundacja Dom Kultury) as a volunteer, running lectures in two prisons in Warsaw, sharing artistic and design inspiring phenomenons with both female and male inmates. I was also working with disabled children in Zespół Placówek Edukacyjnych, an educational institution in Olsztyn in order to design a hand rehabilitation tool for preschool and primary school children. Project in the form of a panel with six separate sound producing instruments was funded and completed thanks to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage 2014 scholarship. The sounds are achieved by performing specific motions, which encourages children to practice everyday hand movements.

Between 2016 and 2017 I completed five stage set projects for live shows in collaboration with designer Anna Najmajer and Wielki Las, an AV project studio. One of them called ‘Forest Went Out’ (Las Zgasł) was organised by us in the forest, next to the village Nielbark. We built a stage and stage set in front of the lake, raised funds, organised the event space, hosted artists and guests. Our goal was to give the local community chance to experience a traditional instruments, folk and psychedelic music in familiar surroundings of outstanding nature.

Between 2017 and 2018 I was working as a designer and a construction manager of a new venue belonging to Bialystok (Poland) based restaurateurs. My role was to design the interior, build unique, upcycled items (bar stools, bar counters, wine shelves, installations…), and recruit and oversee the workers employed to build them. I also created the brand’s new visual identification: logos, menus, posters, leaflets etc.

I consider my profession to be a link between different fields containing art and science. I’m passionate about both according to believe that they have the same source in human curiosity and are useful tools for searching the answers about most important questions standing ahead of people as individuals and as a species.