Selection of Sketches for Kidswear Illustration

Early sketches and drawings for Autumn Winter Collection 2015.

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Here is a selec­tion of sketches and early draw­ing visu­al­isa­tions from my work on Kidswear Autumn/​Winter Collection 2015. I really like this stage of the design pro­cess as it enables me to brain­storm and explore dif­fer­ent ways to com­mu­nic­ate ideas and themes for the upcom­ing col­lec­tion.

It’s also really inter­est­ing to see what rough draw­ings do and don’t get taken on to the next stage to develop into the final pro­duct. It’s also a great men­tal exer­cise, hav­ing to come up with new ways to work in sea­son­al themes (e.g. weather, hol­i­days, fest­ivals, sea­son­al cloth­ing and events) and think­ing of new activ­it­ies for the icon­ic char­ac­ters to get involved in.

Kidswear Illustration 2015 Collection

produced under the Art Direction of Noo-Studio for Mesamis clothing company

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This Spring/​Summer 2015 Collection con­tin­ued with the hand-drawn aes­thet­ics from the pre­ced­ing Autumn/​Winter col­lec­tion and applied this style to cre­ate designs that depic­ted examples of children’s nat­ur­al curi­os­ity and their fas­cin­a­tion with explor­a­tion. Hence the char­ac­ters are act­ive, dynam­ic and express­ive of inquis­it­ive­ness, won­der and joy.

The Autumn/​Winter 2015 was informed by the pop­ular­ity of the pre­vi­ous year’s use of 3d mod­els. Thus it accen­tu­ated this more styl­ised approach with­in the illus­tra­tions. The designs were also spe­cific­ally designed so that more invent­ive meth­ods of incor­por­at­ing them into cloth­ing could be used (e.g. embroidered rather than prin­ted and/​or patches of dif­fer­ent tex­tured fab­ric embed­ded with­in them).

Kidswear Illustration 2014 Collection

produced under the Art Direction of Noo-Studio for Mesamis clothing company

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  • Karolful_Kidswear_Illustration_12
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This is a selec­tion of illus­tra­tions cre­ated for the Spring/​Summer 2014 Collection. The three brand char­ac­ters of Mesamis (Bear, Rabbit and Elephant) were designed as 3d mod­els and then used as the basis for all the images.

The Autumn/​Winter 2014 Collection was also inspired by the 3d mod­els. However, this series explored more hand-drawn aes­thet­ics. The illus­tra­tions reflect the core brand val­ues of Mesamis and con­sequently depict the char­ac­ters as activ­e and dynam­ic, as well as emphas­ising a close rela­tion­ship between child and par­ent.

« Wheel of Fortune »

series of group exhibitions called "Fingers Crossed"

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Karolful was invited to par­ti­cip­ate in a series of three pop-up exhib­i­tions in Manchester, each on one of the Fridays the 13ths in 2015. These exhib­i­tions are inspired by the notions of luck, chance, fate and coin­cid­ence. The first two took place in February and March at Rogue Studios and AWOL Studios respect­ively. These have been cur­ated by Katarzyna Jablonska and the final instal­ment is sched­uled for the 13th of November 2015. The poster image was designed by Alex Young.

Drawing inspir­a­tion from Greek Mythology, Karolina explores the motif of Rota Fortunae (Wheel of Fortune). It is a con­cept rep­res­ent­at­ive of the capri­cious nature of fate and luck and of how with­in our per­son­al nar­rat­ives we habitu­ally rep­res­ent time as a cycle between prosper­ity and dis­aster. For the pur­pose of this exhib­i­tion Karolful intro­duced a new tech­nique which blends a graph­ite mono­type with tra­di­tion­al pen­cil draw­ing. These draw­ings have been pro­duced in col­lab­or­a­tion with the dan­cers Louis Lever and Joe Thomas.

« Mirrored Minds » Exhibition

residency with TurnAround Dance Theatre

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In November 2014 Karolful was invited to join TurnAround Dance Theatre in their res­id­ency at Yorkshire Dance. They were devel­op­ing a new piece called “Mirrored Minds”, in which they explored how we use mir­ror neur­ons to learn, recog­nise and empath­ise with one another.

In January 2015 Karolina pro­duced a series of 4 draw­ings that were exhib­ited in The Dukes gal­lery in Lancaster. These were 30cm by 40cm mixed media pieces that com­bined digit­al lin­ear out­line with tra­di­tion­al pen­cil draw­ing.

« Pandora’s Box » Exhibition

solo exhibition 25th Sept - 5th Oct 2014, at Union 105, Leeds

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Pandora’s Box was an exhib­i­tion of mixed media draw­ings com­mis­sioned by Union 105 | East Street Arts. Karolful con­tin­ued to develop a new tech­nique of join­ing digit­al lin­ear out­line with tra­di­tion­al pen­cil draw­ing.

Inspired by two Greek myth­o­lo­gic­al motifs ; ‘Pandora’s Box’ and ‘The Fates’, this exhib­i­tion expands on recent dance install­a­tion per­form­ance by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and a col­lab­or­a­tion with a video artist Blessing Oyebanji. It encour­ages one to reflect on human nature and its influ­ence on people’s lives.