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Saatchi & Saatchi IS Poland Made the World’s First Relief Prints From Human Nails to Promote Stress Awareness



The prints were made in association with the PPA and SSP, two leading Polish psychologist associations

Saatchi & Saatchi IS Poland Made the World’s First Relief Prints From Human Nails to Promote Stress Awareness
Stress is becoming more present in our lives than ever before. Untreated, it can lead to serious mental health problems. Saatchi & Saatchi IS Poland partnered with two leading Polish associations of psychologists (PPA & SSP) to create an awareness campaign that focuses on recognising the first signs of stress. 
The campaign called “What’s eating you?” consists of 3 relief prints, and each of the graphics was cut into the real nail of a person suffering from stress. 

“We wanted to utilise one of the most iconic symbols of stress – sealed off nails – to encourage people to take a closer look at themselves and to seek help when they notice that things are starting to feel wrong”, said Piotr Osiński, the Associate Creative Director responsible for the project.

Karol Pomykała, the renowned linocut artist behind the graphics added: “What we did was a new form of relief printing – a relief print on the human body. It was extremely challenging and required the invention of completely new techniques. But it was worth it – the fact that real stories are cut into real nails gives an extra level of emotion.” 

The campaign was rolled out in outdoor and in Polish magazines. The original relief prints can be also watched in Warsaw’s art gallery – Bohema. 

Tomasz Bednarowicz from SPP concluded: “Constant stress is often called a silent killer. But everyone can defend themselves – the first step is to look closer at ourselves and then to react quickly when necessary.”

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