Linda Schultheis

Various print Projects

It seems the media tells us the worst on a daily basis. Whatever you hear, it‘s usually all the dreadful things. But isn’t there enough good in the world to outweigh the bad? Surely there is. Yet, most of the time, this good is overshadowed by negative headlines. Somewhere along the way, we‘ve stopped noticing all the beautiful things around us. We‘ve become numb.

 

Shouldn’t we ask for some more beauty? The BitteSCHÖN (beautiful please) institute is aiming to restore exactly this attitude in people. It is the small things in our daily life which help us remember how beautiful our world is.

The ambiguity of the German words (Bitteschön = You’re welcome, Bitte = Please, Schön = beautiful) is exactly what the project is about.

Primarily, BitteSCHÖN demands more positivity in every aspect of life. Secondly, it gives without asking. The project is about small things and actions, no political discourse, no pointing at anyone looking for their errors and failures.

 

„Point of view“ translates to „Blickwinkel“ in German (Blick = sight, Winkel = angle). Every person has a different point of view on things and the world in general which inspired me to a silk screen project. My goal was to have the audience become a part of the print.

I came up with an abstract graphic for my print so everybody can see whatever that want to see in exact this moment: Depending on the angle of looking at the print every person has a different experience.

Task: Words about creativity are to be interpreted with creativity. Part of creativity is the generation of a moment of surprise. My concept in laying out the piece was exactly this: To surprise the reader.

I used three different formats and two different types of paper for my design. The positioning of the text is unusual to say the least and it delivered a great deal of confusion at first. To avoid a confused audience, I created a color guidance system to give back a sense of orientation. A bar introduces each page and paragraph, noticeably shrinking towards the end of the text.

This project was for unaccompanied underage refugees. Our goal was to improve communication and reduce misconceptions between guardians and refugees. These children have seen horrible things and been through situations which no one should ever have to endure, especially not at their age. Most of them didn’t have a childhood as we know it. They had to be grownups immediately in order to take care of themselves. We wanted to give them back at least a small portion of their tender years in an uncomplicated way. We wanted them to have fun, interact with each other and ideally learn something, including basic German language skills. The product also had to be easy to reproduce and distribute, which led us to the idea of a game of pairs. Alongside this project their have been many more focusing on different areas.

(Team-based group work of five people)

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