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ARTĚL Meet the Designer Series: Tereza Hradilková

Published on June 19th, 2014 in Interviews

  • Tereza Hradilková

  • Tereza hard at work

  • PORIGAMI Prague series

  • PORIGAMI's card for ARTĚL - featuring Night Owl and Arabesque

Tereza Hradilková is the Czech designer behind a fabulous new collection of pop-up city cards available at ARTĚL. An architect by training, Tereza began working in paper while living in Japan for six years. Her Porigami line (PORI is Tereza’s childhood nickname and GAMI means paper in Japanese), gives new meaning to the old adage ‘golden Czech hands’ and includes wonderfully intricate renderings of Hong Kong, Tokyo, and, most recently, Prague. I recently chatted with Tereza to learn more about her exceptional work and eclectic background.

 

KF: Your work interestingly utilizes your background in architecture. How did you get started working in paper?
TH: Before moving to Japan, one of my Czech cousins taught me how to fold paper flowers and animals. In Japan, I saw many books about paper and I started to play with it. At the beginning it was just a hobby; it became serious a few years later while I was living in Hong Kong.

 

KF: Your background is interesting, you studied and lived in France, you’re married to a Frenchman, and you lived in Tokyo for two years and Hong Kong for four. How does this influence your work?
TH: Anything I see might influence my work. Without living in Asia, I would probably not be working with paper. My French and Asian experience influenced my eating habits most. I feel my designs haven’t changed so much, but the way I eat is totally different.

 

KF: What is the process of making your pop-up city cards – how are they made?
TH: I usually design by sketching and cutting directly into the paper. I carve handmade rubber stamps and incorporate the images into some of the cards or use them on the envelopes I place the cards in. At the final stage the design is digitalized and tested on a laser-cutting machine. The final product is printed on an offset machine, laser cut, and hand assembled. The graphic papers are produced in different countries in Europe, but the prints, cuts, and handwork are all done in the Czech Republic.

 

KF: Tell me about your Prague pop-up card series. Why did you choose these particular buildings or areas of the city?
TH: I wanted to show buildings designed in different styles and I wanted to show more than the iconic well-known historical center. I would like to show the places depicted in my cards to my foreign friends when they come to visit Prague.

 

KF: What do you think is particularly special about Prague as a city?
TH: : I like the hills, the size of the city – it is not too big and you can easily escape it – the many open-air festivals, and the public transportation.

 

KF: What is special about Czech design?
TH: : It is not so different from other European countries. Probably the Surrealist movement was stronger in Czechoslovakia than in other counties, many beautiful collages and animations were created.

 

KF: Who are some of your favorite Czech designers?
TH: : I like the illustrated books by Baobab (by various designers), film posters from the 60’s and 70’s (also by various designers), and animators Karel Zeman and Jan Švankmajer.

 

KF: Besides Prague, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, what other cities would you like to make pop-up city cards for?
TH: : I would like to focus on Europe and make cities I have experienced or at least visited: Paris, London, Vienna...

 

 

Tereza’s pop-up city cards can be found in our three ARTĚL retail shops in the heart of Prague. They make the perfect gift or personal memento and let you take a piece of the city home with you. You can also contact Tereza about customized cards – she designed a beautiful one for ARTĚL, currently onsale in our stores, using two of our iconic motifs, Night Owl and Arabesque.

 

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