I’ve Always Been Fascinated By The Unusual And Conceptual, And These Product Designs I Created Are A Reflection Of How I Perceive The World (24 Pics)
I'm Dorota Pankowska and I've always been obsessed with all things strange and conceptual.
A few years ago I created Wask Studio, an online shop where I sell my original product creations which focus on stationery and other small household objects for the strange at heart. Every product I've ever made has some sort of unique twist to it!
Heat Of The Moment Candle
Light up the dark with the first ever thermochromic candle. The black candle drips white wax which later changes back to black after cooling.
I'm from Toronto, Canada. I went to school for photography but always found myself more interested in ideas rather than aesthetics. For work, I'm an Art Director in advertising, but I'm always creating various projects even when I'm not working. I'm obsessed with always having at least one creative project to work on at all times, and I especially like refreshing ideas that are new and original. In a world where more than half of the entire planet has access to the internet, people are sharing more and more ideas every day, so it's even more challenging and exciting to try to create something that isn't out on the web yet!
These pencils have had their erasers replaced by crayons, so that when you make mistakes, it can rub it in your face. Feel free to gift them to your least liked friends without saying a word.
Sinking Feeling Soap
Wipe that smile off your face with this sentient soap. Watch it get sadder as it shrinks — it's completely out of your hands.
When I first started Wask, I wanted to start with a mix of stationery + simple + conceptual. I started brainstorming what I could do with a paper clip! And that's how the Unbreak My Heart paper clips were born. They're simple - they look like broken hearts - but there's that little gimmick of them turning into whole hearts again once you use them on paper.
Think Twice Dice
These scrambled dice will shake things up at your board game nights. Sometimes you just have to disconnect the dots.
A Bit Of A Stretch Paper Clips
We had to pull a few wires to make these paper clips. Look like your standard paper clips, only looooonger!
There are different ways I come up with ideas: sometimes they randomly come from my mind drifting off (like when you're falling asleep), but the majority just come from brainstorming sessions! I usually brainstorm in bursts of 1 - 2 hours on a specific topic or theme. It includes hunting all of Google to see what's already been done out there for inspiration. I get burnt out if I'm overworked or too stressed out, and then I'll take a break! But I never stop forever. I want to keep making creative things for the rest of my life.
Rule Of Thumb Bandages
We created these adhesive bandages for good measure.
Featuring a mini ruler, these band-aids are great for paper - and paper cuts.
City To The Key Keychain
This keychain low-key blends in with your other keys, but features the Toronto skyline on the blade. Which city should we make next?
There are so many different reactions to my work, but that doesn't bother me! Sometimes it sparks fun and entertaining conversations. Even before I created Wask, I had a lot of mixed reactions on many of my previous projects. There's that saying that people always say, "any press is good press," andI have realized that it's quite true. What are the people that hate my work going to do? Nothing. But what are the people that love my artwork going to do? They might connect with me, support me, purchase an item, send me an opportunity, follow me, etc. The best part of sharing your work on the web is having like-minded people find you!
This minimalist ruler has gotten the short end of the stick, but its elegant beauty is not short-sighted.
Touchy Feely Sticker Pack
These Rubik's Cube stickers are a game changer. It's unfair and square, meant to make you hot and bothered as you try to solve it. The colours change from the warmth of your hands - so solve it quickly!
The parts of the creative process I enjoy the most are the finished product, which sometimes can take years, and creative problem-solving. Brainstorming ideas can be great fun! Although, it comes with many feelings of disappointment, especially when it turns out 90% of the ideas have been made already. I am still working on growing Wask, and there are a few new items in the process of making. My goal for the future would be to collaborate with brands in the future!
Held Up At Gumpoint Push Pins
Are your boring push pins driving you up the wall?
These gripping gum-tacks will definitely stick out in your collection.
Make A Point Sticky Notes
These sticky notes just took a turn for the worse. Instead of being square, they're diamond-shaped. One could say they're... edgy.
Hug Me Binder Clips
These binder clips feature little hands that will grip the heck out of your papers. Do your files need a hug?
Writer's Blocks Erasers
There's a new eraser on the block! This idea started from a sketch and we made it concrete. These erasers take the form of miniature cinder blocks so that you can both build & play.
Nopacity Washi Tape
Layer your world with this washi tape that lets you delete things in real life. Out with the opacity, in with the transparency!
Skewed Thoughts Notebook
We wanted to view a notebook from a different angle, so we created this notebook featuring a parallelogram shape.
Unbreak My Heart Paper Clips
These heart-shaped paper clips are heart-broken when you're not using them, but they'll turn into a complete heart once they're finally clipped onto some paper.
Tickled Paper Clips
These squirmy paper clips look like they're being tickled. Your friends will never guess that they were actually designed to look this way.
File Under Mouse Pad
Stay organized with this folder that you'll never have to put anything in - because it's actually a mouse pad. Sadly, it won't help you hide your paper trail of odd internet activities.
Sealed Fate Candy Packets
These packets feature the familiar "DO NOT EAT" messaging mimicking silica gel packets, but it's all a sweet disguise, since these are filled with candy.
Dirty Word Soap
Don't rub this eraser the wrong way - it's actually made of soap. This small, to-scale eraser will leave you at a loss for words and fulfill all of your wildest cleans.
Burn After Reading Bookmark
Made only for true book critics, it allows the worst of literature to be burned as soon as it's discovered. Each bookmark has 8 detachable matches and a striking strip at the bottom.
Grown-Up Grow Capsules
Remember those kids' magic grow capsules that you'd put into a glass of hot water and they'd turn into fun sponge shapes? Well we've made the adult version of that! But the secret results can't be displayed here.
1-Time Use Erasers
These miniature classic pink erasers are super tiny and perfect for someone who lives a minimalist lifestyle and hates clutter on their desk.