The driving sounds of bass and drums are a common occurrence in her studio. This music, reflective of her love for House, and Old School Hip Hop, is guaranteed center stage in her DJ mixes. She cooks some sort of veganish meal, eats, and then is prime for her day of innovation, and there is no doubt that “innovator” is what she is. It’s a day in the life of Miss Vanilla of Vanilla Medallions (Her Brand), Connecticut born and bred, Virginia educated, Jennifer Rasinski. Miss Vanilla has emerged as Brooklyn World’s most unlikely Multi-Media Mavin, a courageous beast of an artist not afraid to “genre bend”.
In 2002, Miss Vanilla started working with fabric as a medium, she states, “I credit as Influence my job at Ecko Unlimited where I was exposed to, and inspired by a lot of different artists, some who were skilled at working with fabric using it in all types of ways.” It wouldn’t be long before Vanilla would find her own unique voice, creating 3 dimensional objects which were larger than life soft sculptures. This work, known by some as Sneaker Pillows, pays tribute to the Hip Hop culture, and it’s love for the “GEAR”. ”Hip Hop has always inspired me since childhood; the dance, art, and culture. I pay homage to Hip Hop and what it has taught me in my work, and in turn use it to educate my audience.,” says Vanilla.
As a natural progression Miss Vanilla became interested in clothing and it’s construction, exploring the idea of the garment as canvas, and the wearer as part of a living installation. Her wearable art works have been seen on the backs of some of the East Coasts most exciting new artists, Raye Six, Ness of A-Alikes, Kilo Kish, Blue Nefertiti AKA Célia from Les Nubians to name a few.
Looking for meaning, as most artists do, Vanilla’s work has recently explored concepts dealing with inner conflict, self realization, love and that of “Positive Over Negative”, a full scale branded campaign featuring a curation of her wearable art designs, lookbook and accompanying media.
This thoughtful work questions what these concepts truly mean for us as humans on this planet. She states, “Ultimately, I strive to look beyond the limits of societal norm in my work as an artist, challenging the audience as well as the wearer and to keep things positive throughout the process.”
Miss Vanilla’s work is thoughtful, fun, passionate, and sometimes humorous. It’s often identified by its geometric shapes, vibrant colors, lines, and arrows that point the way to a journey through ancient cultures, particularly that of Egypt. “I strive for a universal quality of humanness in the world of my art … I hope that all people will be open to seeing themselves mirrored in it.”
– Novel Idea (1N MediaSalon)
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