Where Style Meets Paper with Karina Sharif
Every art form invites tactility. From the relationship a writer has with their keyboard, a makeup artist to their brushes, a dancer to their motions or a stylist' to their machines — there is always a touchpoint, an idea that needs to sweat itself out. Karina Sharif’s touchpoint, her per magnum opus, is paper.
Sharif moved from her smallish northern town in Ohio to New York City where she is now working with some of today’s leading creatives, photographers and brands from Dana Scruggs to Leikeli. To challenge the mind, practice and self, Sharif began working with paper to find new ways to bond, shift, maneuver and play with a medium which required more care and was slightly restrictive — while coupling this exploration with paper conservation efforts.
During our Instagram live interview, Sharif was asked about the design and shape of the structures she’s able to make with her #paperwearbykarina works. We were surprised to learn that many of the shapes are done on the fly by asking the model to contort or move in the piece in order for the shapes to create themselves.
Although Karina has created with brands such as Shutz, Rag & Bone, Away and Pitchfork — to name a few — she attests that independent work is where she loves to flex her muscles! Need some design or paper work, or looking to have your next project styled? Karina can be reached on Instagram here, or you can view her stunning library of work available at https://www.karinasharif.com.