When the Starbucks coffee shop in Watford placed an advert on Facebook calling for a local artist to help them out, local Harrow College student Bartosz Cichowski was quick to accept the challenge and offer his creative skills.
The advert headline read ‘Looking for Local Artist to Design a Space in Starbucks’. Bartosz, a Deaf student on Year 1 of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Architecture, Interior and Product Design course, made contact and arranged an interview. Accompanied by the Harrow College CSU (Communication Support Unit), Bartosz met Shop Manager Luke Stoffberg who was very impressed by what he saw. Bartosz was commissioned for the job which was to design a chalk-paint image on a notice board within the popular coffee shop.
Days later, Bartosz visited Starbucks along with Communicator Debbie Jerrom. With his sketches to hand and a design plan in mind, Bartosz spent the day creating his piece of art using chalk-paint (which he had never used before). The completed design (see image) was revealed to the Starbucks staff team were delighted with the results. Manager Luke Stoffberg commented:
“It rivals the professional artworks that I have seen in the American Starbucks shops. I wish it could be laminated so it lasts forever”.
Speaking earlier at Harrow College today, Bartosz said:
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to do this work for Starbucks as many people will see my name on it. Art is my main talent and am working with staff at the college to decide which creative industry I can aim for.”
Starbucks Watford proudly shared photos of the finished image (see photo above) across social media.
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