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Marian Bantjes


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After a decade working as a book designer and typesetter in Vancouver, British Columbia, Marian Bantjes decided to chuck it all and reinvent her practice. Widely hailed in the recent resurgence of ornamentation in graphic design, her connection to that tradition draws on her 20 years of work in painting and printmaking. Now a self-proclaimed graphic artist, Bantjes produces designs of intricate craft, elaborate patterning, and complex ornamentation. Her work has been widely acclaimed and her projects include commissions for a limited-edition cover for Wallpaper magazine, catalogues and bags for Saks Fifth Avenue, illustrations for such publications as Yale Alumni Magazine, Wired, and Print.

Part of Reinventions: Insights 2008 Design Lecture Series.