I was recently browsing the local graphics art shop in Shoreditch, when the front cover of Nobrow magazine grabbed my attention. The fusion of traditional printmaking and digital collage stood out on the shelves and I realised it was the beautiful work by illustrator Eda Akaltun.
The talented designer was born in Istanbul but now resides in London after studying illustration at Central Saint Martins. Her delightful style is dictated by her impressive collection of paper ephemera, 50’s fashion magazines and vintage family photos. She also retained several pieces of print making work from her University days and these help to build textural layers in her collages.
Akaltun’s techniques and imagery formulate a retro look, but the combination of subtle surrealism and quirky details transforms her work to the 21st century. Her talent is further evident from her list of clients, working on projects for The Telegraph and Harvard Business Review and has exhibited in a variety of international exhibitions. Eda is also the founding contributor to Nobrow magazine and is one third of the Butter collective.
Earlier this year, Akaltun landed the much sought-after commission to represent the five best BAFTA film nominations, to be illustrated on the brochure covers for the awards ceremony. With an impactful aesthetic, the five designs cleverly captured the storylines of the films Drive, The Artist, The Help, The Descendants and Tinker Tailor Sodier Spy.
To view more or her delightful work, visit her website at edosatwork.com.