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 chain stitch embroiderer, a muralist, a successful matchmaker, a Pratt grad, a loyal craigslist missed connections reader, and also a lot of other things.

image of me power washing silkscreen frames in the woods by rené macioce


✳︎ Great Better Best ✳︎ is my studio practice :) certified by New York State as a Woman-Owned business!

✳︎ ✳︎ Fool’s Errand ✳︎ ✳︎ making & designing goods, incl. hand-tufted rugs, a ton of t-shirts, bumper stickers, & hand-cranked chainstitch pennants

✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ COLD EMAIL ✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ recording podcasts with Olive 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

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Mojo Supermarket  ✳︎  BUCK  ✳︎  Wieden + Kennedy  ✳︎  Red Antler  ✳︎  CONTINO  ✳︎  Ologie  ✳︎  WITHIN  ✳︎  Burn&Broad  ✳︎  Colossus  ✳︎  Article Group  ✳︎  Farewell  ✳︎  Funeral  ✳︎  Marine Lane  ✳︎  Mirmade Productions  ✳︎  Something Special Studios  ✳︎  SITU  ✳︎  Tandem  ✳︎  Work-Order  ✳︎  Block Party Films  ✳︎  CMYK  ✳︎  Colossal Media  ✳︎  Noble Signs


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

press / features

︎ sent out a short but telling personal interview, hilariously (& aptly) titled “25W Mets Fan Seeks Man To Meet At Citifield”

︎ “Preservation” was included in “Design Without Borders,” a Pratt Institute publication about the first five years of the School of Design

︎ Vice: a quote about the ubiquity of tufted rugs made it into “The Handmade Rug Scene is Booming, Thanks to TikTok”

︎ “SECURITY DEPOSIT” was the culmination of a digital artist residency at Picnic Collective in July 2020

︎ AIGA highlighted some of my undergraduate work in this “Student Spotlight” profile

︎ my friend, olive, and i spoke to Prattfolio and answered the question, “What Question Can You Not Stop Thinking About?"

︎ Forge Art Magazine published an artist profile

︎ Scully’s Digest asked a few questions about my practice

︎ Dead Ramones interviewed me about the intersections of skating & gender

︎ Various Small Flames premiered my basketball x birthday cake-themed music video (p.s. stream “wisdom teeth” by marbling)

︎ a really old & kind review of “Quarry’s Light,” an album i co-wrote, on Gold Flake Paint

︎ & a video of me presenting my thesis at AIGA’s Education Warmups


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