Artist In The Spotlight
Sarah Corynen is a Belgian designer who makes patterns and illustrations that are used worldwide in textiles, fashion, interior and paper products. Her works are humorous and bold, recognizable and full of colour. Animals, nature and everyday life are a source of inspiration for Sarah. Her drawings are always permeated with a light-hearted feeling and a very seductive playfulness.
Sarah Corynen’s playful graphic signature is the base for her limited editions. Her bold drawings and surface patterns are perfect for printing on textiles and t-shirts, painting on ceramic objects, weaving into blankets, colorful knitwear. All the products are made in small quantities to maintain a handmade feel with a sense of happiness and respect for the environment. There is joy in every letter of Sarah’s alphabet.
Sarah Corynen (°1970) studied fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. After she graduated she produced her own fashion label, which was popular in Japan, Hong Kong, France, Italy, USA... After the withdrawal of her financier, in 1998, she became an assistant for the Antwerp designer Walter Van Beirendonck and for 3 years she directed a Japanese Knitwear brand, based in Tokyo (Narumiya Company). Between 2001 and 2007 she has been teaching at the Academy of Ghent in Belgium (KASK) and at the Designskolen Kolding in Denmark.
In 2009 she started a handmade knitwear collection for men and women, and after the birth of her son Isaac in 2011 she added some styles for children as well. All the knitwear pieces were made to order, finished by hand and only available in small quantities. From december 2012 onwards a selection of styles was available at the Comme des Garçons store Trading Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
In addition to the knitwear she started focusing on her drawings and graphic artworks combining different media such as black indian ink, colored markers, cardboard, print, moving image, collages etc...
Sarah started her own creative studio in February 2014 and showed her drawings for the first time in Première Vision Paris. Also for home & interior customers she is presenting her flat surface patterns and original drawings (during Heimtextil Frankfurt and Indigo Brussels). She has built a worldwide clientele over Europe, Canada, USA, China & Japan.
Sarah Corynen lives and works in Belgium.