basia kurlender is a graphic designer, an illustrator, an art director, a sign painter, a lifelong new yorker, a friend to dogs, an aquarius, a rug tufter, a successful matchmaker, a Pratt grad, a loyal craigslist missed connections reader, and also a lot of other things.

image by René Macioce

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✳︎  Baby’s All Right  ✳︎  Black Seed Bagels  ✳︎  Block Party Films  ✳︎  Boqueria  ✳︎  Box  ✳︎  Brooklyn Book Festival  ✳︎  Colossal Media  ✳︎  Finale  ✳︎  Food IQ (Daniel Holzman & Matt Rodbard)  ✳︎  many bands  ✳︎  Marine Lane  ✳︎  McDonald’s  ✳︎  Milkweed Provisions  ✳︎  Momofuku  ✳︎  Noble Signs  ✳︎  New York International Children’s Film Festival  ✳︎  Red Antler  ✳︎  Select Aperitivo  ✳︎  Something Special Studios  ✳︎  Tandem  ✳︎  The Shed  ✳︎  Wax 9 Records  ✳︎  Wieden+Kennedy  ✳︎  my friends  ✳︎  my enemies  ✳︎  myself  ✳︎


✳︎ Fool’s Errand ✳︎ making & designing goods including hand-tufted rugs, a ton of t-shirts, bumper stickers, hand-cranked chainstitch pennants
✳︎ ✳︎ Cold Email ✳︎ ✳︎ recording podcasts about the non-linear path of “professional development” in hopes of demystifying the design & illustration world for early-career creatives
✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ marbling ✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ writing songs, recording 800 voice memos, playing a show every 1-3 months

press / features

︎ “Preservation” was written about in “Design Without Borders,” a Pratt Institute publication about the first five years of the School of Design
︎ Vice: “The Handmade Rug Scene is Booming, Thanks to TikTok”
︎ “SECURITY DEPOSIT” was the culmination of a digital artist residency at Picnic Collective, July 2020
︎ AIGA: “Student Spotlight” Profile
︎ Prattfolio: “What Question Can You Not Stop Thinking About?"
︎ Forge Art Magazine: Profile
︎ Scully’s Digest: Profile
︎ Dead Ramones: interview about skating & gender
︎ & a video of me presenting my thesis at AIGA’s Education Warmups


say hi @ basiakurlender(at)gmail(dot)com
@bshawww on instagram


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