Studio Benedetta Crippa
graphic design
& visual interventions
Artist’s book, degree project at Konstfack

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Upon my graduation in 2017 from the MFA in visual communication at Konstfack I presented World of Desire, an artist’s book in unique copy celebrating plurality and visual democracy.

The result of two years of artistic research, World of Desire is a 19-spreads, A2-sized unique book, written and painted by hand in vibrant colors and imagery, with an original text on graphic design, decoration and drawing, and the politics of form at the intersection of these.

My years at Konstfack have meant a development of my practice beyond its boundaries, re-learning about my own craft, impact and role. I have given space to a more instinctive approach to form through drawing, painting, ornamentation and writing, while establishing a solid visual language of my own. 

The process added new layers of awareness and complexity to my work and has radically expanded my approach to graphic design.

In 2018, World of Desire was awarded Ung Svensk Form, the Swedish design prize for young designers, with the motivation:

“Spiritual and original expansion of the subject – and simultaneously a tribute to the diversity within graphic design. Fine craftsmanship an a visual study that goes beyond the norms.”

World of Desire is also the recipient of two scholarships from Konstfack.

This book has meant the beginning of my on-going research on the politics of color and ornamentation, and contemporary manifestations of the decorative as artistic expression in its own right.

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