Clarissa Iskandar (b. May 1996) is a Textile Artist and Designer based in Baltimore, MD. She moved to America from Indonesia in 2011. She's currently enrolled in the Undergraduate Fiber Art program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for her BFA degree. Ever since she was little, she has always been passio… Read More
Clarissa Iskandar (b. May 1996) is a Textile Artist and Designer based in Baltimore, MD. She moved to America from Indonesia in 2011. She's currently enrolled in the Undergraduate Fiber Art program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for her BFA degree. Ever since she was little, she has always been passionate about art and fashion. She has always been excited for the next pair of shoes that she found chic and trendy. She would draw her women in pretty dresses, along with bags and shoes. During her first couple of years in American high school, she was bullied for having foreign accent despite her fluency in English. After realizing of what's happened, she began to look back at her childhood and aspiration for the arts. She used this chance to see the world through an outsider's point of view. She began to draw and paint portraits and landscapes. At the time, painting and drawing were the only studio skills she had.
During her first couple of years at MICA, she was experimenting with more mediums and variety of art where she took interests in ceramics, textiles, and sculptural forms. She is interested in loops, circular and triangular shapes in her environment. Some material manipulation can be seen in her texture work and hand stitched surfaces. The color variation of pink, black, white, and blue are present in most of her work as they're the colors that describe her journey.
After taking a garment and batik lessons in the summer 2016, she is currently committed in making more garments; leaning towards fashion and wearable art. As a designer, her designs are inspired by her childhood memory, the dolls she used to play with, and the women she wanted to be. Her style is feminine, sweet, and chic. She views fashion as her artistic home where she feels free to express her inner child and maturity at the same time. It is a book of stories of the people that continue to inspire her. After being diagnosed with depression and anxiety, her vision is to create fashion where even if you're feeling bad, you won’t look it. Eventually, she aims to show beauty and equality through fashion and the stories of her inspirations. Read Less
Grants & Awards
MICA Dean’s List, MICA Competitive scholarship 2015 & 2016, National Art Honor Society Scholarship, Most Original Design: Romeo and Juliet Presentation, John Hopkins University: Moment in Time 2014 exhibition, Honorable mention (Maryland Art Youth Month: 2014 flag design competition), Honor Rolls, Certificate of Merit. Read Less