Kerima Elfaza is a freelance 3D fashion and costume designer based in Bremen, Germany.
After completing her bachelor degree in Fashion Design at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, she studied Integrated Design at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen to take her master’s degree.
At this stage, her work is most focused on interdisciplinary projects in the field of 3D art, performances, future, textile and fashion design.
Who consumes fashion, wears responsibility.
The first line „Is(s) mir Wurst“, which means „eat sausage“ as well as „I don’t care“, and the second collection „Kopyright“ are both clever ironic ambivalent puns that openly criticize mass consumption.The protection of intellectual property constitutes an imperative in the age of Instagram in order to be able to preserve the diversity of artitistic designs in the fashion industry. „Kopyright“ combines an explicit cross reference to „fastfashion“ with challenging the plagiarism of discount clothing stores. Just as skilled „Is(s) mir Wurst“ denounces the socities’ opulent, careless consumption of meat. As source of inspiration served the vegan designers’ native Eastern German provincial butcher, whose meat products she literally scanned and subsequently printed onto her fabrics.
With the collections „Kopyright“ and „Is(s) mir Wurst“ she has participated an exhibition in Russia, Moscow, 2017. In 2018 she was awarded to top 10 finalist of „European Fashion Award FASH 2018“ with these collections.
Her latest collection „SECOND_SCAN“, published in 2019 as part of her bachelor degree, deals with integrating new media tools like 3D scans and 3D printing into fashion design. Also the collection is contemplating about updating hyperreality. And deals with questions such as ‚What kind of codes exist in modern societies? How am I able to fulfil the expectations of others? How important is my cyber profile & how much effort do I need to invest? A pixel image as a binary expression of singularity however, also compliance as the 3D Scanner is used as a tool of measure individuality. The skin as a scan, working as a print of present time. The scan of the human body then turns into a print of clothing which turns into a second skin.
„SECOND_SCAN" has been published in various design magazines for example the Vogue Italia 2019. Furthermore, with her collection „SECOND_SCAN“ Kerima Elfaza has participated in many exhibitions such as Die Digitale as a collective in 2019 in Düsseldorf and as an artist an exhibition in Künstlerhaus Dortmund in 2021. Also was „SECOND_SCAN“ part of the Exhibition of the Arc Gallery at Tresor.West in Dortmund in the end of 2022. In the beginning of 2023 Kerima Elfaza was invited to do a Solo Show in Tresor.West, which included a Performance with Brigitte Huezo and a Fashion Show with her latest collection under the theme club kids.
Additionally, she was part of many collaborations with artist and dancer Brigitte Huezo doing performances for excample at Performance Festival Transeuropa 2021 with the project „Portraits“, which she created a original face size scanned and 3d printed face mask.
Collaboration and interdisciplinary performance „DEADCODE“ with Brigitte Huezo in Quartier am Hafen in Cologne in 2022 was the latest show, which was a hybrid gaming performance production. Kerima Elfaza was working with A.I. and created with scans textile prints for the real life costume and also for the costume of the characters and the textures of the virtual world.
Additionally fields of her work was an exhibition with speculative artifacts and smart materials in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institut in Chemnitz in 2022.
Upcoming events in spring 2023 are for expample the Haze Gallery in Berlin, where Kerima Elfaza is doing there a fashion art fair with her latest collections and 3d printed and alumium/bronze casted jewellery.