The Power of Collective Individuality with Karen Schijman
It’s a sincere challenge with any group of artists to make sure that every voice is heard. Each member of a creative collective is crucial to maintain artistic integrity, and to guarantee that the group reaches the potential built within it. For a musical group this is ever more important, so that every instrument, chord, and note are struck to create the final harmony. Harmonies come from different notes playing fully, so each member must be unique and play full out.
When Stylist Karen Schijman was faced with styling The Mowgli’s for their latest album Through the Dark she had to balance the distinct styles of seven different artists, while creating a cohesive look. “Working with a band of seven people is not an easy task but they all have such great personalities and talent, they can make the clothes their own,” Karen explains. It’s important to her that they adopt these styles all their own, making the fits look like a natural extension of their own styles. As Karen explains, it’s all about “maintaining a balance of making everyone happy and letting them all still have their individual personalities shine through.” When certain aesthetics require a limited color palate, Karen is able to work with shape, texture, and accessories; it’s all about creating cohesion out of individuality. And for Karen, that’s par for the course.
The Mowgli’s are currently on tour down the East Coast, and will continue their tour through the US (with a few stops in Canada) through May 31.