Photo Jessica Sargeant

Zakee has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Her creative practice and brand,  Zakee Shariff was founded in 1997. For her coexisting as an artist and designer is a necessity.

Her work is inspired by her spirituality, travel, healing, music and street culture. She is interested in creating an emotional response and translating experience. Her wish is to empower women, heal, and touch peoples hearts.

Her art is the starting point and always where her heart is drawn to. She then intuitively abstracts from her artwork to create textile designs, that are then placed on simple but considered fashion and interior pieces.

With the design/fashion side of her work she works with stores across the globe,  through her on-line store and by appointment. Her aim is to work with communities of makers and artisans. She intends to create timeless pieces that are not dictatorial, have a strong sense of beauty and that one day can be handed down through the generations.

Zakee is a born collaborator and has collaborated with many organizations over the last 22 years of her career.

Like a beautiful dream, all that’s required to enter her world is a willingness to open up, let go, and enjoy the ride…