For their Spring 21 collection, the New York City-based accessories brand KARA has partnered with four artists, Andy Seymour, Janice Essick, Mike Harris & John Riddle, from the Interact Centre for Visual and Performing Arts. The collaboration will see KARA hand select pieces from the artists mentioned above, delving into their archive to unveil any patterns or colours they might want to interpret for their collection. The artworks will be collaged, forming a new print that will appear of various KARA pieces.
Pieces from each artist's archive will be sold through KARAstore.com and will also feature on KARA's social channels to promote the imagery. All proceeds from the sales will go directly towards the artists and the organisation.
In a statement, KARA's founder, Sarah Law, said of the brand:
'I first came across Interact Center Arts in 2019 on Instagram when some of the artist's work showed up in my feed. I was really struck by the spectrum of expression and diversity in the work and started looking into the different artists related to the program. KARA is about acknowledging and highlighting that each individual is made of many things and that within a community we project a diverse range of ideas, influences and beliefs. KARA also celebrates creative and unique forms of personal expression. Interact Center Arts is a beautiful example of both sentiments.'
This sort of collaboration is nothing new for KARA as, throughout the brand's history, KARA's Law has frequently invited individuals from around the world to document themselves with KARA pieces in a way that best showcases their own form of expression, wanting artists to put their own stamp on the clothes. All of this feeds into the purpose of highlighting creative and unique forms of individual expression; something KARA is very passionate about, clearly.