Arta Ozola-Jaunaraja : CV
Arta grew up in a in a very favorable environment for being creative. Her parents Otto Ozola and Zina Ulste always supported her drawing, painting and working with different materials.
Arta graduated RLMV (now known as the Riga Design and Art School ) clothes modeling department, which she joined with the idea that she will definitely be a theater set designer or costume designer laer in her life. Arta remembers herself as a child drawing series of ballet scenes.
Arta has returned to fashion design repeatedly. After graduating Art Academy of Latvia, she spent several years working for a fashion magazine "Rigas modes" — both drawing designing layouts. Layout design was done manually, using rulers and a pair of scissors rather than computers at that time.
In the Academy, Arta studied both traditional graphics techniques and book design and illustration. In this last sphere though, most of her knowledge comes from experience rather than formal studies of the subject in the 1980's.
Many interesting projects in graphic design had already been done in the 1990's, before Arta met Janis. Most of those were for the printing house «Premo», which was rather exclusive at that time, owned by Gvido and Inguna Trepsha. Even now, they still look excellent due to advanced, sometimes experimental printing and post-production techniques used in the right place.
Along with graphic design for print, Arta has worked in fine graphic arts and participated in more than 50 international exhibitions.
In 2000–2001, when Janis went travelling wild to India, Arta was forced to learn all the digital technology and graphic programs and accomplish the whole cycle technically.
In 2003, Arta got a Master of Arts degree which did not oficially exist in the Soviet era when she graduated the Academy.
Arta's hobbies are Flamenco dance and parrots. However, it was promised to talk strictly business here, at least for now.
Janis Jaunarajs : CV, etc.
From 1980 to 1984 he attended Riga Secondary school of Applied Arts (now Riga College of Design and Arts).
Then for seven years, Janis worked various “exotic” jobs, such as a forester in a remote corner of Latvia.
From 1990 to 1994 Janis studied Interior Design in Art Academy of Latvia.
Since the very first grade, he did real-life projects mostly instead of learning exarcises. Though well-received adn paid for, those projects were seldom carried out because Janis' approach to the Interior design may have been too fundamental — most of projects required changing layouts, demolishing parting walls, etc. Clients did not want to see construction workers and carpenters in their property and did the other part of those projects mostly.
In 1994, while still studying, Janis began to be interested in graphic design and digital technologies. This sphere promised not only some freedom, but ability to design anything, as long as it can be printed, without worrying about costs, the plague of all architecture projects.
He got it along with his first “workstation” — an Apple computer and a 13" monitor for a price of a two-storey house at that time.
At such a situation, there was no lack of jobs, as he was one of the very few then, but he was condsantly overworking and all the income was invested in hardware again and again which could never pay off.
In 1996, Janis met Arta and got married. As far as for the business, this marriage doubled both their skills and quality of the work, but did not save from overworking.
Around 2000, Janis started to learn web design which promised even more freedom and ability to work for clients worldwide. However, it did not become his main occupation because the only reason Western clients choose freelance designers was the low cost and bigger companies preferred to work with their local designers even if the quality and cost was not that good.
From 200 to 2004, Janis was mostly travelling around — India, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia… The time he was at home he spent mostly writing and designing travelogues about those trips. At this time, he had a dream to make his living by traveling eith camera, writing and designing his own books. Several were published and sold but it did not prove to be a solution for living.
Janis has learned a lot about technical aspects of photogaphy when he was a teenager. Along with the artistic, design and image editing skills, it became very useful when it became needed for book covers and other designs. His greatest success in photography so far is the printed photographic album «Riga in Time. Space. Feelings» of his work and design.
Janis' son Jēkabs is studying Architecture. studē arhitektūru.