During my first BFA class today, we were assigned either an artist or a movement to research. By chance, I received the name Frauke Stegmann, a name with which I was unfamiliar. However, after doing some research, I found Stegmann’s work to be rather intriguing. Take a look for yourself!
Below, I’ve copied and pasted her design philosophy, which is taken from an interview with Elle Decoration:
‘My work is very influenced by the craft movement that emerged during the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the time there was a strong feeling that digital technology was increasingly dominating the creation and production of graphic design, resulting in a “flat” superficiality. A growing number of designers started looking to the physical act of making, thus “craft” – the act, not the aesthetic – became a way of bringing back a type of depth and tactility to printed matter, and incorporating a sense of the handmade into new technology.
I also adhere to the broader DIY movement, which encourages individuals to produce goods themselves, thereby protesting corporate exploitative labour and environmental practices while empowering individuals to become producers rather than just consumers. These days companies have to consider green and social issues, so maybe one day it will become possible again to do work with a clean conscience for multinational corporations.’ -Frauke Stegmann