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Nov 11, 2023

New product: The bird poo enamel pin

bird poop lapel pin
At one point this summer I started thinking about how there are SO many pigeons in Toronto, and despite mostly living here since 2014, I still haven't been pooped on by one. And since people say that it's lucky to get pooped on by a bird, I wondered if this meant I was living my life short of luck? Sooo I decided to create my own luck! And this is how the Lucky Number Two enamel pin was born.

Nov 7, 2023

Catch-up 2023!

portrait of dorota pankowska in the fall, 2023 portrait of dorota pankowska in the fall, 2023
Hey! It's been a while since I did some writing on here. To start, here are some fall photos taken of me last weekend! I miss summer already.

So in the last couple of years I've moved away from full-time work to freelance work in the world of advertising. But I'm now leaning towards focusing on my business and the world of physical products - which is kind of funny because this is the year I made the #8 Art Director in Canada which is definitely a bucket list achievement for me!

This year has been super good for my online shop, so it's been inspiring me to dig even deeper into creating physical products. It's something I never get tired of (I just don't get tired of working on creative projects in general!).

Since the pandemic hit, I haven't really felt in touch with the creative community around here, so I hope that I can find new things to be a part of. Later this month I get to talk to kids about my "13 Animals" project (it's continuously finding new audiences!) and I realized I really like inspiring younger people to do the projects they're excited about.

I'm also going to be one of the Reviewers at Portfolio Review Night 2023! So once again, I'm looking forward to giving advice to young creatives.

To be honest, I've found it harder to be inspired this past year, possibly because there are so many distractions in the world lately - so much negative news, too much "content" to absorb, too many problems. So in a way, I kind of just want to shrink my world a little bit and get refocused. I've been cutting down on browsing social media, but I've found that I end up just filling that time with other things like video games, which might not really be all that different? Haha. Idk!

TTYL. :•)

Jul 11, 2023

Socks that are happy, and sad, and happy, and sad!

socks that switch from happy to sad dorota pankowska wearing smiley socks
The latest addition to Wask are some socks that you can wear happy or sad... or change it around as you go! Buy the "Cotton Eyed Toe" socks here.

May 23, 2023

blogTeaO - a bubble tea blog!

So ever since I started drinking a lot of bubble tea, I decided to start a blog that reviews various bubble tea locations in Toroto and the GTA. But only locals will understand the funny blog title!
Site: blogteao.com

May 16, 2023

A little bit of podcast fun!

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I recently had the pleasure of chatting to Dan Alan on his super fun podcast, Graphic Design Is Fun! Go check it out!

May 1, 2023

A ring that's also a real candle. 🔥

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The latest Wask product is a ring that has a candle in it! It's called A New Flame. You can read more about it on the Wask Blog!

Apr 6, 2023

The mug that cries.

mug crying coffee from its eyes
The latest Wask product is a coffee mug that has a smiley face on it, except its eyes are holes. If your pour too much liquid into it, it cries out. 😭 Buy the Flooded With Emotions mug here!

Mar 14, 2023

The "Death Wish" Birthday Candles!

cigarette candles on a birthday cake
The latest Wask product is these cute little cigarette candles that are suited for weird birthdays! Check them out here. :)

Feb 28, 2023

Teeny tiny baby push pins!

miniature metal push pins
I've wanted to make these tiny push pins since 2017. There are just certain things in the world that I want to see tiny and these have always been one of them! So they're finally real! You can buy the "Pinsqueaks Push Pins" on the Wask shop here. :)

Jan 16, 2023

Hi Michael!

Okay so my friend Michael Stevens (!!!) from Vsauce just made a Youtube Short eating the Wask silica gel candy! It was also posted on other social like TikTok and guess what? It was removed from TikTok for promoting "dangerous acts and challenges" haha - although the video isn't asking anybody to eat silica gel after all. But what's the most funny to me is that when I created this candy, I actually wanted to create some sort of "silica gel challenge" on the internet knowing it would be super controversial! I simply didn't have enough following to get something like that going haha!

Maybe it's not too late...? ;)

Nov 1, 2022

The Sinking Feeling Soap!

soap that gets sadder as you use it sad soap smiley soap with various changing layers
I finally got around to making this soap! It starts off happy but then gets sadder as it realizes its existence is coming to an end. Buy one here or read a little bit more about it on the Wask Blog.

Aug 19, 2022

The 'City to the Key' Keychain.

a key keychain with a city on the blade The latest Wask product features a “key to the city” type keychain. It’s a typical sized house key except on the blade of the key is the cityscape of Toronto! Buy one here. :)

Jul 11, 2022

Wask Studio in the news!

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Read a little bit about Wask Studio in the Toronto Star newspaper. :)

Jun 22, 2022

Hey hey heyy.

Here's the latest photo of me in my space. There's still a little bit of blue left in my bangs and I'm kind of over it now. (:

Apr 24, 2022

Work in progress creative space!

I've been working on my creative office space for a while and it's coming along! Here's how it looks today. :)

Apr 2, 2022

The notebooks are finally out!

I got this notebook idea a few years ago but always struggled with finding a manufacturer who can make it (without having to order like hundredsss of them!) so I'm really excited for it to be a reality now! It's called the Skewed Thoughts notebook since it features a "skewed" parallelogram shape instead of a regular rectangular shape. View it on the shop here!

Mar 19, 2022

My first gaming PC build!

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Really excited to share my very first PC that I ever built! She's so pretty. 😍

Here are all the specs:

• Case: NZXT H510
• Motherboard: MSI MAG z490
• CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10900K CPU @ 3.70GHz
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB Founders Edition
• Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series - H100i RGB PLATINUM SE
• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
• RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
• Power Supply: Corsair RM750
• Fans: 2x Corsair LL120 RGB Fans
• 2x SSD Drives: Samsung 860 EVO (1TB) / Samsung 870 QVO (1TB)

Mar 18, 2022

Updated Art Direction portfolio.

art director portfolio
I've recently updated my ad portfolio - view it here!

Mar 16, 2022

Latest product designs.

Above: Dirty Word Soap | Small to-scale eraser soaps!

Above: Touchy Feely Sticker Pack | To make your Rubik's cube heat-sensitive!

Above: Rule of Thumb Bandaids | Bandaids featuring mini rulers and sharp corners.

Above: A Bit of a Stretch Paper Clips | Regular paper clips except super stretched out.

Above: Make a Point Sticky Notes | Regular sticky notes but tilted to form a diamond shape.

Above: Dum As A Post-It Sticky Notes | Sticky notes inspired by the game Among Us

transparency grid washi tape Above: Nopacity Washi Tape | Tape featuring the Photoshop transparency grey and white grid.

 
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