Kärlek Backpacks

Mushrooms by Kylie Rash

Mushrooms by Kylie Rash
Mushrooms by Kylie Rash


Kärlek: Hi Kylie! Tell us a bit about yourself!


KR:  My name is Kylie. I'm 26 years old and live in Middletown, Delaware with my husband, PJ, our dog, Benson, and our cat, Millie. I have an associate's degree in drawing & painting and in graphic design, and a bachelor's degree in behavioral science. Some of my hobbies include drawing, crochet, yoga, hiking with my dog, and caring for my many houseplants!
Kärlek: What was the inspiration behind your art?

KR: I really wanted something bold and bright to contrast the black bag, but to also incorporate nature in some way. There is a big leaf on the front of the bag that was inspired by my majesty palm trees that I have at home. I also included some mushrooms and flowers in the design to make it look funky and interesting. My favorite part of the design is the straps, which have some organic looking vine-inspired details.

Kärlek: Love it! :-) So, which mediums did you use and what made you choose them?

KR: I used Tulip brand neon fabric paint markers. Initially, I was using regular fabric markers, but they weren't giving me the bright contrast I was looking for. The paint markers that I found gave me the opaque color I really wanted to see. I also added an embroidered patch I had laying around which I felt fit the overall design, as well as a small enamel pin just for fun.

Kärlek: What did you enjoy most about using a Kärlek backpack as your canvas?

KR: Functional art is my favorite kind of art. Don't get me wrong, I love a good piece of art hanging on my wall, but it's even better when I can take it out into the world with me for all to see. This bag works wonderfully for that purpose.

Kärlek: Do you have any tips or thoughts to share about your experience?

KR: I went kind of all out on my bag, decorating all sides, but that's not always necessary - I've seen some simplistic designs that work really well. Don't be discouraged if you don't want to or can't fill up the entire bag with art.

You can see more of Kylie's work on her Instagram: @krashcreations