Originally from Bulgaria, Yordanka is now based in Berlin. Her influences include fashion designers like Prada, Conseulo Castiglioni and Josep Font, and she also loves Patricia Urquiola’s glass furniture designs. Her strong understanding of fashion illustration is bolstered by her experience working for a French clothing company in Bangkok, where she created material patterns.
After completing a degree in Product Design at the Technical University in Sofia, Yordanka studied Fashion Design in Berlin.
After researching the brief, Yordanka begins sketching and then starts creating in Adobe Illustrator. Here her images come to life, sparking further imagination and curiosity as she works. “I either start with a set of colors, or experiment with the coloring process at the end – it’s a highlight for me,” she says.
Simple shapes, clean lines and primary colors give Yordanka’s imagery a great deal of impact. By reducing complex objects to their ideal forms, her style is bold and easily accessible, while her pattern work draws viewers in even further.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Yordanka: I spent three very exciting and enriching years in Bangkok from 2006 until 2009. I ´ve had quite some time and was able to dive into the atmosphere which, beside the fashion obsessed people lead me to illustration. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Yordanka: I am actually a product designer. Question: Where do you live? Yordanka: In Berlin, Kreuzberg. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Yordanka: Heaped working-corner with all things at hand, all positioned and organized with Feng-Shui. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Yordanka: Words you can feel. Urban life. Antique stores, other illustrators, colors, patterns and the drawings of my little son. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Yordanka: Lying down. Question: What technique do you use? Yordanka: I work with the Wacom tablet and illustrator. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Yordanka: I would like to put illustrations on furniture. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Yordanka: I am a fan of Raymond Biesinger. And I like Miminne and Kavel Rafferty and Didier Cornille and others. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Yordanka: No, I don´t. Question: What are your hobbies? Yordanka: Music and basketball. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Yordanka: Singer or psychologist. Question: Who would you like to meet? Yordanka: Miuccia Prada, Roisin Murphy. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Yordanka: I am pretty happy with the time I live in. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Yordanka: Jazz, Funk and Electro. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Yordanka: Yes. Question: Do you collect anything? Yordanka: Old machines, books and posters.