Chrząszczowa photographed works of handicraft for Warsaw’s Institute of Industrial Design (IWP). She arranged the items on a neutral background in a manner typical for catalogue photos. As part of the same project, but for her own purposes, she also documented old cast-iron doorknobs.
Seeking out and photographing cast-iron doorknobs was Chrząszczowa’s pastime. Made during her many trips, the photographs form a collection of miniature handicraft objects shaped to resemble animals, plants, spirals and so on. The pictures were taken over many years, with a selflessness characteristic for collectors of everyday objects.czytaj więcej
Shoes and accessories, 1954
To improve wearer comfort and hygiene, especially in the hot months, the Institute of Industrial Design (IWP) promoted new shoe design techniques. Brogues, sandals and flip-flops, made using lightweight fabrics and thin leather, were to replace the customary all-year non-breathable pigskin pumps. The catalogue in which Chrząszczowa’s photographs were featured opens with an introductory text explaining the basics of shoe design.czytaj więcej