ABOUT - SHORT BIO & CV

IMAGE © 2017 SARAH CORYNEN

SHORT BIO

I am a Belgian designer and artist, originally educated in fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, graduated in 1993. For many years I have been employed in the fashion industry and related fields. Gradually I started focusing more on the graphic and experimental side of my work and at the same time I limited my fashionwork to the knitwear medium. A few years ago I started a 'made to order' knitwear collection, at that time also available at the Comme des Garçons store “Trading Museum” in Tokyo, Japan.
In addition to the knitwear I make drawings, graphic artworks and objects using different media such as black indian ink, colored markers, cardboard, acrylic colors, etc. In the past years I have developed a body of work in which applied and autonomous art coexist. I mainly find inspiration in daily life situations, nature, animals... In all my work I try to maintain a graphical language that is bold, simple, brute, witty, straightforward and with a touch of humour.
In February 2014 I started my own creative studio and I showed my drawings for the first time at the textile shows Première Vision in Paris and Heimtextil in Frankfurt. Clients I worked with in the past are worldwide and produce fashion or home/interior products. For further reference I include a small selection: ASOS (womens wear UK), BODEN mini (childrens wear UK), CHRISTIAN WIJNANTS (designer fashion BE), PAPERCHASE (stationary UK), JIM THOMPSON (silk home fabric THAILAND), LA MAISON SIMONS (menswear CANADA), SCHURMAN retail group (stationary USA), PECLERS (press FR)...
My goal for the near future is to further develop this graphic style and aesthetic in self-initiated or commissioned projects (surface pattern design, editorial illustration, artprojects, limited editions, graphic novels). I welcome the opportunity to discuss potential collaborations or assignments with companies who feel they are a good fit for my style and aesthetic. Follow this link for more information.
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CURRICULUM


1993-1997
SARAH CORYNEN LABEL/ women’s collection mainly focusing on knitwear, the use of strong colours, graphics and purified shapes. Each season this collection was presented in Paris and was sold at several international boutiques (like Isetan Tokyo, Joyce Hong Kong, Fred Segal LA, Henri Bendel’s NYC).
1997-2000
ASSISTANT/ at Walter Van Beirendonck ’s office in Antwerp (1997-1998). Designing knitwear for women’s line, experimenting with shape and prints.
KNITWEAR DESIGNER/ for Anne Kurris Children Label (summer and winter season 1999-2000).
1999-2002
DESIGN DIRECTOR/ of Japanese knitwear brand at Narumiya Company Ltd., based in Tokyo. Designing 4 collections each year, inclusive of following up sampling and productions at knitwear-manufacturers in China, Hong Kong and Japan.
2002-2007
TEACHER AND CONSULTANT/ at the Fashion Department of the Designskolen Kolding in Denmark from 2002-2005, and at the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy in Ghent (KASK) from 2002-2007. Teaching concept, 3D-shaping and knitwear design. COORDINATION/ of Fashion department Ghent (2006-2007). Responsible for inviting guest-teachers, directing team, organizing annul fashion show, rebuilding fashion-program.
2008-2013
FREELANCE ARTIST/ developing hand-made knitwear collection, 'MADE TO MEASURE KNITWEAR' project (start winter 2009). KNITWEAR DESIGNER/ for Sofie D'hoore (winter 2011-2012)
KNITWEAR for Comme Des Garçons shop "Trading Museum", Tokyo, Japan (from December 2012).
From 2014 onwards
SARAH CORYNEN CREATIVE STUDIO.
Drawings, flat surface designs and patterns for the textile industry.
Fashion and interior. Independant studio.

GRADUATED 1993 | FASHION



In 1993 I got my master's degree in fashion design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
The collection "FISH" was inspired by the ocean, fish and all other underwater animals and creatures.
© 1993 Photos Johan Mangelschots.


© 1993 Photos Johan Mangelschots.
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