Karen Kanisha Fashion art is a statement making not only for her beautiful illustrations of dramatic ball gowns and dresses in various mediums such as color pencils, pens, felt-tip pens and acrylics.
Its skillful use of discarded scrap such as scrap cloth, paper bags and other materials is unique.
While the designer paints the stunning fashion art, her ultimate goal is to highlight recycling and creating sustainable art, using the remaining materials to create a collage, where pieces of fabric and paper are arranged and pasted onto the drawing.
Karen explains, “Through my art, I want to teach the importance of sustainability to the next generation.” Sustainability can be an enjoyable and creative process that everyone participates in, for a better future. “
Karen (InstagramMissKay_fluffy) used paper bags from international fashion and beauty brands, and even chrysanthemum petals to create aesthetically pleasing pieces that stand out from other fashion artists.
The 24-year-old said, “I’ve tried makeup leftovers like foundation, eyeliner, makeup, flowers, straws, bubble caps and nail polish.”
“As a fashion student, my illustration caught my attention,” said Karen, who once participated in the Choo Sketch contest for shoe icon Jimmy Choo.
“I started experimenting with my skills in illustration. The concept of sustainability caught my attention while I was working on my degree. I encountered a lot of issues like waste and pollution, among others.”
Karen intends to incorporate the concept of sustainability into her career plans, to increase “green” awareness in the industry and shoppers.
In fact, Karen designed the mini capsule collection out of recycled leather and diamond embellishments.
What attracted you to art?
Varied expression of artwork such as colors, textures, or shapes. Over the years, I’ve found art both therapeutic and expressive, which has me experimenting and co-producing fashion illustrations using sustainable materials.
How did your journey into the art of fashion begin?
It started when I was studying at University of Limkokwing, and slowly I developed my skills in illustration and collage using different mediums. Upon learning about the sustainability and (green) issues faced by the fashion industry, I began to experiment with using scrap fabric and leftovers in my fashion art.
What inspired you to create cutting-edge artwork?
During my degree, I came across tons of fashion illustrations.
I was keen to note how this was done, the types of illustrations, and how the illustrators incorporate their personality into their work.
I started developing my own style and incorporating collage art using leftovers to make my artwork more interesting and reduce waste.
Why did you choose to use shopping bags and strips?
I love to shop and collect shopping bags all the time. During MCO, while cleaning, I found a large amount of shopping bags, strips, and scrap papers.
I tried to transform these items into my artwork.
It turns out that making dresses out of paper bags is actually fun.
I’ve seen shopping bags being recycled but recycled is going to be somewhat challenging and experimental.
Why are you passionate about recycling?
I find recycling to be a really creative and innovative way to make new things using existing items, even reducing waste.
From a young age we learned to “not waste things”, and recycling gives us the opportunity to explore our creativity.
What are your future plans?
I am looking to create a sustainable fashion accessories brand, and will continue to showcase my illustrations and try more innovative and creative ideas.
My ultimate dream was to design a dress (for a celebrity) to attend the Met Gala in New York as they raise money for the Fashion Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.