Karmaela represents balance, versatility and endless exploration of creativity…
My name is Michelle (most call me Mikki) and Karmaela is my contribution to the world wide web. Sydney based Graphic Designer, Visual Artist, general creative human with an Honours degree in Fashion and Textiles Design (University of Technology Sydney). In pursuit of transforming life’s pleasures from hobby to passion, I have set up this website to share my life’s work and love for creativity.
Inspiration is limitless, some examples of mine include artists such as Escher, Dali and Ben Heine, also designers such as Thierry Mugler and Gareth Pugh, as well as musicians including Infected Mushroom, Trent Reznor, Bob Marley, Beth Hart and Morcheeba. Other vendors for imagination include Mr Joss Whedon, weapons designer Gil Hibben, pop culture, dancers, athletes, society, technology, magic, and last but not least; every single human from all walks of life that I have the pleasure of interacting with.
Other than making art, I look for thrills, adrenaline and variety in life. I pole dance, boulder, ice skate, play violin, twirl light staffs, attend various festivals and consume an immense amount of food. I also enjoy life’s little pleasures like cars, cats and making a big deal out of little things such as human rights.
What you will find on this website:
An array of Visual Art including; portraiture, fantasy art and murals. From my first mural contribution at age 9 to the endless commissioned artworks for collectibles, charities, publications, exhibitions, restaurants and individual memorabilia. Various works are available for purchase or order.
Fashion Designs such as The Singularity Effect collection; showcased at UTS The Future Of Fashion 2013, as well as countless fashion illustration and design work available for your viewing pleasure or purchase. As the winner of Cooper St Creation in 2012, my design was realised for production. I have also designed apparel in fashion wholesale, directed and styled photo shoots and headed costume and wardrobe departments for short films.
I am a Graphics and Rug Designer by day, currently working for Cadrys Classic and Contemporary Rugs as a Rugs Designer, Colourist and Graphic Designer. Previous experience include Graphics, Apparel and Textile design as well as a Marketing and Content management. I have worked across a vast arenas of Graphic Design areas; including pre-press, point of sale, promotional graphics and packaging; as well as work in photography, catalogues, cover art and branding. My art has also been printed in various books and collectible cards.
Oct 2015 – Front End Website Development at General Assembly Sydney | completed 10 Week Course
Oct 2013 – BA Fashion and Textile Design at UTS | graduated with honors
Feb 2012 – Winner of Cooper St Creation competition by Cooper St | winning garment design: sample produced
Nov 2017 – Ferrari Passion Day 2017 Ferrari Maserati Sydney | Facepainter
May 2017 – Twitter Art Exhibit 2017 TAE | Artist contributor to fundraiser: Artwork ” Loop“sold on day 1 of exhitbition
Feb 2017 – 65 Roses Walkathon Fundraiser Cystic Fibrosis Australia | Facepainter
May 2016 – 65 Roses Walkathon Fundraiser Cystic Fibrosis Australia | Facepainter
Mar 2014 – Mosaic by RAW Sydney | featured artist/exhibitor: Video Interview
Feb 2014 – RAH Collective Launch 2013 by RAH Collective | exhibited: “St Mary’s Up Close“, “Escheresque”
Oct 2013 – Future of Fashion Showcase by UTS | runway collection: “The Singularity Effect“
Mar 2014 – Phollio | artworks: “Skytrek“, “Robrene“, “Sock“
Dec 2014 – RAH Collective | photography: “Plane Sight”
July 2014 – Deviantart | daily deviation feature: “Skytrek” (overnight engagment 900)
May 2010 – Unleash Yapa Youth Magazine Kuring-gai | cover artwork: “Illusions Part 1” published Issue 6
Apr 2010 – The Northern District times, Wednesday 14, April | painting donated to The Shack Youth Outreach
Apr 2015 – The Great Stride Fundraiser Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Australia | face-painter
Dec 2014 – Collectible Card Two Sets of 6 for Spodooki Cards | illustrator
Nov 2014 – Qupid (short film) | assistant wardrobe styling
Feb 2014 – Inspirational Quote Book via Elance | illustrator and typographer
Jan 2014 – Indoor Mural Project for Susan Cui | muralist: “Bay Window”
Dec 2013 – Collectible Card Set of 6 for Spodooki Cards | illustrator
Nov 2013 – Restaurant Mural Project for Tony Tokyo Restaurant | muralist
Apr 2013 – Fundraiser Event for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Australia | face-painter (combined funds raised $15,000)
Jan 2013 – Youth Centre Mural Project for The Shack Youth Outreach | muralist : “Skytrek”
Dec 2012 – A Parentless Turn of Events (short film) by Jai Production | head of costume design and styling
Oct 2012 – Pandorian (short film) by Lourve Production | head of costume design and styling
Jun 2011 – Artwork for The Shack Youth Outreach | sponsor: “Fairy Queen” (privately archived)
Nov 2010 – Artwork for The Shack Youth Outreach | sponsor: “Flamenco Dancer” (auctioned and archived)