Karagiozis shadow theater

I grow up with Karagiozi shadow theater, and i always respect this self-taught hard-working artist that move from town to town every 3 days and start the story of Karagiozis all over again, for a new audiens. During the rest or durning the travel they create designs and manufacter their leather figures and sometimes new stories.

Every Karagiozpaichtis ( the master of puppet), had 2 trademarks:  His voice nad his figure, in heavt theatrical style, and deep respect for the tradiotions.

In those dat very rare i see Karagiozpaichti any more, and when i saw

Stefanou Papadimou thesis that was made for graphic design department of the TEI of Athens, i was very happy. Its about a research among the shadow theaters from their birth till we reach the Greek Karagiozis and an effort to give a personal identity to a shadow theater.

Let me transfer his own words:
Karagiozis is the greek shadow theater. The concept was to give a personal id
to a theater like this. Karagoz, Karagioz and Karagous was the shadow play in countries
such as Turkey, Tunisia, the Libyan sea, palestine, Syria and Algeria. Each country
had its own style of play and designing its puppets. The prevailing theories claim
that shadow theater came to Greece via Turkey.

For the logo i needed an element that defines Karagiozis from other shadow theaters,
and i found “sousta”, a patent that Greek puppeteers invented to turn the puppet over
in order to be seen both by two sides.

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Greek puppeteers created by their own the eaves and signs for their theater by using
handmade typography with decorative elements in order to publicize their plays.
I followed this technique to give an identity that has references to tradition.
Blue and red elements are combined as a conceptual reference of Greece and Turkey.

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Greek puppeteers created by their own the eaves and signs for their theater by using
handmade typography with decorative elements in order to publicize their plays.
I followed this technique to give an identity that has references to tradition.
Blue and red elements are combined as a conceptual reference of Greece and Turkey.

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The longtime research that I made before start designing was written down and two books were created. The first one is a research effort to find the logic series that shadow theater followed through time from its birth until we get our own Karagiozis and the second is a presentation of the most important figures of Karagiozis from 1850 till 1940.

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Stefanos Papadimos in Behance

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