Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2009

Oct, Nov, Dec

Judith Schalansky | Writer

Judith Schalansky
Judith Schalansky
born in Greifwald
2000 – 2007
studied communications design at the Fachhochschule Potsdam
1999 – 2005
studied art history at Freie Universtität Berlin

Judith Schalansky takes the risk in the provocation of the dare that inherently resides in fashion.

Her literary debut in 2008, Blau steht dir nicht (Blue doesn't suit you), about a young girl whose obsession with sailor suits follows her into adulthood, was preceded by Fraktur mon Amour, which treats the reemergence of blackletter type as a kind of guilty pleasure. With her metamorphosis from the persuasiveness of a typeface to the tactility of a garment, Schalansky teases out the method of our seduction.

Born in Greifswald, formerly East Germany, Schalansky studied art history at the Freien Universität Berlin and communications design at the Fachhochschule Potsdam. Her novel Blau steht dir nicht is published by marebuchverlag (2008, Hamburg). In 2006 her typographical compendium Fraktur mon Amour was published by Hermann Schmidt Mainz, and is now available in a new edition by Princeton Architectural Press (2008, New York). She lives and works as a freelance author and
designer in Berlin and is teaching typographic basics at the Fachhochschule Potsdam.