Marta Ryczko
Marta Ryczko is a graphic designer from Toronto who likes to spend her days printmaking and making zines. She makes a poster everyday at Marta Does 365. You can also view her portfolio Here

A little bit more than a week ago, I reached my 900th post of my 1000 days of design. I don’t even know how I managed to reach this and now, as I’m in the last 100, I’m wondering if I should continue the project after I reach the thousandth post. My annoying competitive streak is telling me to keep going, but I don’t know if it’s overkill and I should move on to something else.

Anyways, you can follow the next 100 days here.

A lot has happened in the last 100 days. I took part in the Brooklyn Zine Fair (which was seriously the best zine experience I EVER HAD), did a lot of screen printing, started riding my bike again, but most importantly I quit my job at the National Ballet in order to go work at a small studio called Sovereign State

It was a stressful decision for me, but I think it’s one of the best ones I made in my life so far. I am working on projects that I never imagined I would get a chance to be a part of and I finally have the design mentor that I always wanted. I have also been insanely busy with freelance work, including setting up a catalogue of Jack Bush’s work. It’s funny because I still don’t feel like a “real” designer and yet people are trusting me on all these big projects. I’m excited for the future (for once!).

I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of months. One of the major changes in my life was switching to a new job. I started working at Sovereign State about a month ago and it’s been amazing since. The nice thing about my new job set up is that I have a few days off each week meaning that I have more time to focus on my freelance clients and on my own personal projects.
I’ve been back at Open Studio printing away during the week and I have some new prints and some reprinted pieces up for sale at my shop.
I am having some pieces up at the Prints & Inks 2014 in Ottawa this weekend, so if you are there, check it out. I will also be taking part in a curated show at Typology sometime in the fall and will provide more details as the date gets closer.
Lastly, I am still powering through my 365 project and am almost at 900 posts. I think I’m just going to keep going past 1000, but maybe only update it Mon to Fri. It’s crazy how that project has become such an inherent part of my life.

I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of months. One of the major changes in my life was switching to a new job. I started working at Sovereign State about a month ago and it’s been amazing since. The nice thing about my new job set up is that I have a few days off each week meaning that I have more time to focus on my freelance clients and on my own personal projects.

I’ve been back at Open Studio printing away during the week and I have some new prints and some reprinted pieces up for sale at my shop.

I am having some pieces up at the Prints & Inks 2014 in Ottawa this weekend, so if you are there, check it out. I will also be taking part in a curated show at Typology sometime in the fall and will provide more details as the date gets closer.

Lastly, I am still powering through my 365 project and am almost at 900 posts. I think I’m just going to keep going past 1000, but maybe only update it Mon to Fri. It’s crazy how that project has become such an inherent part of my life.

Yesterday I reached day 800 out of my 1000 days of designs and I gotta say it feels pretty good. I was feeling kinda stuck and uncreative in February, but I think I came out of it okay. The above images are some of my favourites from the last 100 days.

You can follow the next 200 days here.

Happy New Year!

Technically already two years have passed since I started the 365 project, and two weeks ago I reached 700. Less than a year left until I reach 1000. I never thought I would let it go this far, I thought I would give up two weeks in. But here I am, chugging along! These are my favourites from the 600s.

Follow the project at martadoes365.tumblr.com where I make a new piece of art/design each day for a 1000 days.

New work!A typographic exploration of the seven deadly sins that I did for the RIP Morgan Freeman show at 1313 Gallery back in October. You can view the whole set here.
12” x 12”, screen printed on 100 lb. white textured stock. Each print is an edition of 5.

New work!
A typographic exploration of the seven deadly sins that I did for the RIP Morgan Freeman show at 1313 Gallery back in October. You can view the whole set here.

12” x 12”, screen printed on 100 lb. white textured stock. Each print is an edition of 5.

New Zine!A collection of digital and traditional collages that I have done for my 365 project are now available in a handy zine format.
4” x 5”, 24 pages, laser printed on warm stock. You can pick one up online through my etsy store.

New Zine!
A collection of digital and traditional collages that I have done for my 365 project are now available in a handy zine format.

4” x 5”, 24 pages, laser printed on warm stock. You can pick one up online through my etsy store.

Tomorrow is Canzine, the most wonderful day of the year! I can’t believe that this will be my fifth year tabling! I remember my first time and how nervous I was because I thought I didn’t have enough “street cred” to be there. But the wonderful thing about zines, comics and self publishing is that anyone can do it (that’s the whole point!), even if you’re awkward like me. So tomorrow make sure to come and say hi to me and the hundreds of other people who will be tabling.
Canzine takes place at 918 Bathurst St. from 1—7pm$5 admission, FB Event page.

Tomorrow is Canzine, the most wonderful day of the year! I can’t believe that this will be my fifth year tabling! I remember my first time and how nervous I was because I thought I didn’t have enough “street cred” to be there. But the wonderful thing about zines, comics and self publishing is that anyone can do it (that’s the whole point!), even if you’re awkward like me. So tomorrow make sure to come and say hi to me and the hundreds of other people who will be tabling.

Canzine takes place at 918 Bathurst St. from 1—7pm
$5 admission, FB Event page.

martadoes365:

Day 627: Today I printed over 200 of these to give away at the R.I.P Morgan Freeman show, which is happening tomorrow at 1313 Gallery in Parkdale. Hope to see you there!
martadoes365 is an ongoing daily project that consists of making one piece of design for 1000 days.

TOMORROW PEOPLE!

martadoes365:

Day 627: Today I printed over 200 of these to give away at the R.I.P Morgan Freeman show, which is happening tomorrow at 1313 Gallery in Parkdale. Hope to see you there!

martadoes365 is an ongoing daily project that consists of making one piece of design for 1000 days.

TOMORROW PEOPLE!

Yesterday I spent a few hours printing the first of a new typographic series for the RIP Morgan Freeman show (opening night Oct 3 at 1313 Gallery!). I was going to print this series digitally, but I really wanted to have more control over the colours and having the ability to use fluorescent and metallic inks really makes a difference. I’m excited about how these are turning out so far.

So to reiterate, October 3, RIP Morgan Freeman at 1313 Gallery in Parkdale. It’s going to be weird and great!

Yesterday I reached 600 on my 365 project. These are some of my favourite designs/posters from the last 100 days. I am also going to be pursuing this until I reach 1000, which is a nice big number.

Take a look at the rest of the designs/posters/whatever HERE.

I’m moving in a week so I’ve been cleaning and packing up all my stuff. I collect a lot of printed material that I find inspiring and sometimes I forget what I have. I wanted to share this awesome packaging for Opal which is an Icelandic black liquorice pastille. The candy company was founded in 1946 and Atli Mar was commissioned to design the packaging. It’s so awesome that they have kept it to this day. It’s simple and graphic, without all the visual pollution that is found on most packaging these days. 
When I first got to Reykjavik, I hated the taste of liquorice, but by the end of the trip I was munching on it non-stop. I haven’t opened these since 2011 and they just sit on top of a frame on the wall. Sometimes my eye wanders to them, and I’m reminded that good design is often very simple.
Anyways, back to packing!

I’m moving in a week so I’ve been cleaning and packing up all my stuff. I collect a lot of printed material that I find inspiring and sometimes I forget what I have. I wanted to share this awesome packaging for Opal which is an Icelandic black liquorice pastille. The candy company was founded in 1946 and Atli Mar was commissioned to design the packaging. It’s so awesome that they have kept it to this day. It’s simple and graphic, without all the visual pollution that is found on most packaging these days.

When I first got to Reykjavik, I hated the taste of liquorice, but by the end of the trip I was munching on it non-stop. I haven’t opened these since 2011 and they just sit on top of a frame on the wall. Sometimes my eye wanders to them, and I’m reminded that good design is often very simple.

Anyways, back to packing!

I took some time today to add some of my zines to my Etsy shop. I will be making a lot of new things during the next couple of months, including some cards for the holidays and other silly occasions and new posters. Keep checking back!

I took some time today to add some of my zines to my Etsy shop. I will be making a lot of new things during the next couple of months, including some cards for the holidays and other silly occasions and new posters. Keep checking back!

So I’ve been attending a ceramics class on Mondays throughout summer. I mostly focus on trying to master the wheel (I feel like I’m close, except not really), but I always reserve some time for hand building.
A few weeks ago I wanted to make something that I could practice glazing with, so I made a really crude skull mask. It looked really shitty before I painted it, but I was quite happy with the way it turned out after the glazing. If I have time, I will work on creating two more companions for this guy. You can see more shots HERE.

So I’ve been attending a ceramics class on Mondays throughout summer. I mostly focus on trying to master the wheel (I feel like I’m close, except not really), but I always reserve some time for hand building.

A few weeks ago I wanted to make something that I could practice glazing with, so I made a really crude skull mask. It looked really shitty before I painted it, but I was quite happy with the way it turned out after the glazing. If I have time, I will work on creating two more companions for this guy. You can see more shots HERE.

Today I finally did something that I promised myself I would do a long time ago: I finally opened up an etsy store. I’m not sure how it will pan out, but if I fail, at least I can say I tried. For now I just have prints and posters, but I will be adding more stuff like my zines and books. So take a look at what I have (and maybe even buy something?) ;)

Today I finally did something that I promised myself I would do a long time ago: I finally opened up an etsy store. I’m not sure how it will pan out, but if I fail, at least I can say I tried. For now I just have prints and posters, but I will be adding more stuff like my zines and books. So take a look at what I have (and maybe even buy something?) ;)