Karen Mabon is a total gem. By fusing bold illustration, pop culture, high-style and luxury design using bright colours, amazing images and gorgeous fabrics to create stand-out scarves that frankly, i’d rather hang on my wall than wear to the shops, she’s won a place in YOUNG GOLD TEETH’s heart for ever and ever. Karen’s creations inhabit the space somewhere between art and fashion. The narratives throughout her work are unexpected and feature hand-drawn characters inspired by the streets of London to Hitchcock’s classics.
Hailing from the Black Isle, Scotland, Karen Mabon’s amazing creations are inspired by the pop culture references, the likes of which kept her creative ideas flowing on rainy days spent at Edinburgh College of Art, honing her stand-out skills. Having also studied at London’s Royal College of Art, Karen has a fair few prolific names on her roster of collaborators, such as the likes of Margaret Howell and set-designer Fred Butler. Foxes dining out of dustbins, scenes from vintage lidos and Tippi Hedren freaking out in the face of a bunch of evil seagulls, every reference point is instantly recognisable and magical in its own way and these scarves are made from pretty luxe materials to boot.
The silky visual treats Karen rolls out from her 2012 established label are a joy to behold. I first stumbled fortuitously across them while browsing for goodies over at Howkapow, one of my favourite online emporiums for deliciously creative gifts. These scarves are a must-have for the good, the great, the creative and super stylish. I want every single one.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth