"In The Hood" was created by the talented artist Vitaliy Bugara. He asked us to feature his work and we are proud to be able to call his artwork the first collection we launch. This is what he wants you to know about this work:
My name is Vitaliy Bugara. I am an illustrator from Ukraine. In 2020 I lived in Kyiv and created an illustration series dedicated to my favourite places in Solomenka (Solomianskyi District in Kyiv) where I lived at that time. That is why it is called "In the Hood". I tried not to draw only buildings and people. I tried to show the atmosphere and feelings of those places by "telling" stories about ordinary people's lives. They were full of peace, joy and happiness. Today Kyiv is under attack by russian invaders everyday. Many people had moved from the city. Nobody knows how Solomenka will look after the war. Nobody knows how life will look after it. I hope that we'll not only remember war. I really hope we'll remember peace before the war.