Karlssonwilker’s not-so-square silk scarves

Abstract shapes and vibrant colours feature on the range created for Icelandic luxury brand Saga Kakala

Karlssonwilker‘s playful and witty work has embraced many mediums and materials but, perhaps unsurprisingly, they had never  worked on silk before. The Shizuka collection features seven silk scarves created for Icelandic label Saga Kakala. The prints are a development of the studio’s recent explorations into abstract, CG imagery.

Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz and Saga Sig
Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz

Co-founder Hjalti Karlsson, who is Icelandic himself, told us a little more about the project:

CR: How did you come to be involved with Saga Kakala?
HK: Saga Kakala is a company that specialises in luxury silk and cashmere scarves. It was started in 2013 in Reykjavík, Iceland, by Ingibjörg Gísladóttir. Ingibjorg contacted us about a year ago, and asked if we were interested in designing a line of silk scarves. We hadn’t done anything on silk before, let alone scarves. Colors on silk can be very vibrant. We said yes.

We designed the Shizuka collection, which just launched, named after Sandra Shizuka, our rock star art director, who has been with us for five years and continues to move mountains.

Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz and Saga Sig
Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz
Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz and Saga Sig
Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz

CR: How did the creative process differ from your other work?
Our approach was more in line with the work we do for musicians and record labels, which is experimentation with form; playful with no preconceived goals; quite time-consuming, yet very rewarding in the end.

Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz and Saga Sig
Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz 

CR: What are the images derived from/what do they represent?
All they do is celebrate distortion of illegible and semi-legible elements and gestures. The Shizuka collection is a study of shapes and asymmetric volumes, contrast, texture, shapes and colour – and we enjoyed it immensely.

Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz and Saga Sig
Photography: Elizabeth Smolarz 

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