words anastasia miari | images adriana krawcewicz
Self-titled ‘non-monogamous’ artist Adriana Krawcewicz is a Polish fashion illustrator with a penchant for music. It’s not enough that her mixed media illustrations—all angles and expressive faces—have made it to in-store displays at H&M’s London flagship store at Oxford Circus (think life-sized cut-outs of her hand-drawn illos). Or, that she has been featured in a new book (The Art of Fashion Illustration by Somer Flaherty) that pays homage to the art of fashion illustration. Krawcewicz has just won a scholarship to study with Urban Development, a London-based music foundation that supports developing musicians in the first stages of their careers. Influenced by Electropop of the '80s and '90s ilk, Adriana is producing music, writing songs, and creating her own visuals for a kaleidoscopic mash-up of her own experiences and passions; an on-going conversation between fashion and music.
where do you live — Paddington, London
favorite neighborhood dinner — I really love the vegan restaurant in Camden, "Inspiral Lounge"
luggage — leopard print Guess suitcase
gadgets — iPhone and iPad
favorite accessory — my golden watches from Gucci and DKNY
favorite charity — Nurture the World, a global charity that support poor children. A project I worked on with them will be launched this year, and the founder of this company has become a mentor and a friend.
favorite hotel — I really loved a 1920s style hotel I stayed in once in the heart of Manhattan. It was truly a special experience. But I also love to get pampered in the Irena Eris SPA at the Wzgorza Dylewskie hotel in Poland.
favorite apps — I'm an Instagram addict, I love Shazam too, and I recently discovered Sounds which is good for finding new music.
favorite airport — Heathrow Terminal 3 – for my flights to New York!
favorite airline: Virgin
home is...where my keyboard is! Or where I have time and space to cook a proper meal and where I can spend a geek day in my pyjamas.
where would you like to live — I'm a cosmopolitan at heart and definitely a city person. I like to live where there's easy access to trends, cultural events, inspiration and where there’s lots of diversity and loads of people from all over the world. I moved to London over 3 years ago and I’m still not tired of it. I also go back to Warsaw regularly but I can only really enjoy it for short getaways. The move to New York is constantly tempting me. I wouldn't mind having homes in a couple of cities!
where & when were you happiest — I really loved living in Warsaw, and I have lots of fun memories from there because my social life was so full. London, however, is where I’ve let my creative wings expand. It doesn’t get much better than attending London Fashion Week, exciting gigs and art events all over the city. I’m blessed that I can live here. I also love New York and one of my happiest moments was hitting up a jazz club there late at night...
what do you consider to be your greatest achievement — My risk-taking decisions: moving to London, re-launching my music career. Set in stone are my graduation from University of the Arts London, the illustration commission from H&M and the scholarship at Urban Development, but I feel the biggest step – to just go for it - was invisible.
what is your current state of mind — restless. I’m thinking about too many things at once, both creative and philosophical.
how many trips do you take a year — I do around 4-5 trips to Poland per year. In the meantime, I always end up visiting some city I love like New York, Berlin, Paris. I’ve found it quite hard to get away from London recently because so many things are happening here.
how many of those are vacations — I'd say one holiday to a city per year. Somehow it is usually linked to an event or a meeting with someone. I like to travel by myself to some cities. I find it very exciting and you have more opportunities to start dialogues with new people. I love the independence that travel allows.
without traveling, you relax by — going to the gym, meeting friends and going to galleries.
won’t board the plane before/without — a fully charged iPhone with fresh playlists and headphones. I always obsess about having some loud kids on-board and ruining the trip.
indispensable in your carry-on — iPhone and iPad - for music, films and taking notes.
take-off routine — I don't like to give myself too much time to pack. I tend to leave it a bit last minute. I am more focused and do it quickly.
first thing you do after landing — Try to find Wi-Fi and coffee, check email/social media.
travel is...something I am always yearning to do even more. I love life on the go.