Elena Braida is currently physically wandering in California









                                                                                                                                       

1. Ajda Pratika, Buckwheat – from Landscape to Table, almanac publication, 2022, Topolove, IT
Graphic Design, curator, contributor

Ajda Pratika is a project by Robida: Elena Braida, Dora Ciccone, Francesca Lucchitta, Kim Lang, Elena Rucli, Vida Rucli, Vid Skrbinšek, Janja Šušnjar.

Leafing through this little booklet you will encounter different types of content: there are short fragments containing information about buckwheat and there are invitations to engage with the plant thanks to small actions and embodied exercises. There are recipes which accompany you through the year by considering phenological seasons, such as Winterly Rest or Pre-Spring. There are indications on how to cultivate the plant and how to take care of the garden, following the ten seasons of the phenological calendar. There are longer texts exploring Slovene cultural artefacts connected to buckwheat, such as kozolci, hayracks where buckwheat was dried and stored, or žrmlje, hand-mills, witnesses of the everyday labour connected to grains. Ajda Pratika also contains traces of Slovene cultural production linked to buckwheat, from traditional folk songs, to legends as well as older and newer poetry production. Beside poetic content, it also includes a more scientific collection of information, with data about the world production of buckwheat, the nutritional values of buckwheat flour or kaša in comparison to other grain and in-depth research about amino acids contained by the plant.
Ajda Pratika is not a finished object: on the contrary, you are invited to use it as a manual or source of information and at the same time as a journal that enables you to fill it with your observations, thoughts and experiences.

The project was created as part of the 27th Biennal of Design – BIO27 Super Vernaculars, Design for a Regenerative Future, which is produced by the Museum of Architecture and Design MAO in collaboration with the Center for Creativity CzK, Ljubljana (SLO).

Cover Design by Juna Horstmans, printed in risograph by Terry Bleu, Amsterdam, NL 
Book printed in offset by Grafiche Filacorda, Udine, IT

The book is available at San Serriffe - Amsterdam. For any direct purchases or questions, please write a mail.







2. Not Mine not your but ours, project reader, 2022, Amsterdam, NL 
Graphic Design, reader for personal use 

This ensemble of texts, research, essays, images and photographs has shaped over the year 2021/2022. What you will encounter in-between the following words has been a truly inspirational journey in order to get closer to butter. Whether theoretically or historically, with my body or through the mind, I not only learnt about butter but I acquired confidence enough to recognise the multitude shades this material is entailed and I did so mostly by pure imitation. Feeling, acting, greasing, softening, melting, cleaning, solidifying, moulding, over and over again with always butter between my hands, on my body.
I learn that conflictual matters within one ingredient and consequently our behaviour can be drastically sensitise trhough the investigation of its recipes, its tools and most important its space domain. Standing up straight and proud with a contemporary mindset but leaning meticulously towards the very foundation of its ancient traditions is the symbolic portrayal of the woman I tried to be and the attitude of the designer I want to become.

Cover design by Francesca Lucchitta, screen printed at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL 
Printed and bound at BBBookBinding Workshop at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL 
Contribution text by Dutch artist Sasha van Aalst 

In order to keep the butter fresh and the conversation going you are more than welcome to borrow the reader for 6 months in exchange of one response, a body of words, a visual essay (max two A4). Please write a mail.







3. The Carrier Bag of Recipes, BA thesis publication, 2020, Amsterdam
Self-published book

To write, to boil, to cook ideas, stir them all, spice them up with some references and again write and knead the dough out of it. To what forms can recipes lead? This is the central question of this thesis. Recipes follow a certain literary genre. Whether carved on stones or written along the horizontal edges of a notebook, they all conform to a specific 
structure. In the text I analyse these structures, to show the way in which the recipe itself unveils its deeper meanings, concerns, and secrets. Why, when, who and how are fundamental questions I ask, while I read out loud a recipe about macaroni from the 1495—or when I look at a Sumerian tablet where a Cuneiform system of writing states that epilepsy is a tease of the demons. Material form, literary form and social interaction are the flavours I want to bring up from each recipe I use as an example, hoping to find a way to understand how these three elements are melted together to form an interconnected circle. 

 

Designed by Amsterdam based Graphic Designer Kimberley Cosmilla (FR); 2nd edition printed in offset. The book is available at San Serriffe - Amsterdam (NL), at Zabriskie - Berlin (DE) and at Inga - Chicago (USA) . For any direct purchases or questions, please write a mail.

 


4. Inhabitant, project reader, 2019, Amsterdam 
Graphic Design, reader for personal use 

Texts and visual research including essays and development process of Inhabitant around the notions of: shelter, fashion architecture, skin as a boundary and point of connection, place of touch, felting, privacy & public. 

Cover design by Kaspar Sellin, screen printed at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
Printed and bound at BBBookBinding Workshop Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL