I'm Alizey Khan, a 25 year old artist and designer born and raised in the UK, with roots in Karachi, Pakistan, currently living in Charleston, SC. With such a global background, I can't help but consider myself a citizen of Planet Earth.
I just launch my new brand Astralizey with my first fashion and accessory collection of products. My first proper collection is in development this summer, and I'm holding a Patreon Campaign to support its development.
The "Phases of Lunacy" collection will explore the phases of the moon through the classic moon bag, sublimation printed designs on apparel and select home goods, 3D printed jewelry that I designed and modeled myself, and handmade cast resin jewelry.
I've been painting astronomical landscapes since 2011, and am a fashion blogger with a strong personal dark fashion aesthetic and a passion for collecting space inspired apparel and accessory designs. I'm combining that obsession with my talent for painting outer space scenes and design skills to create the witchy, space inspired brand I've always wanted to wear that doesn't exist yet.
My flagship product at the moment is the hand painted moon bag. My prototype bag was featured on Reddit's front page last month; I'm very thankful for the interest the design has gained since then, and I am now working on my business full time.
Please consider supporting my Patreon if you already enjoy my work for the chance to get unique products on a subscription basis! I operate on a very small scale with each bag painted by hand, by me, and I would appreciate your pledged support to help me pay for things like high quality product packaging, restocking on leather paint and jewelry making supplies, placing large wholesale orders for bag blanks, and to pay my intern, Heather, who is utterly invaluable in helping me keep my business and books organized.
Astralizey's mission is to develop an innovative apparel and accessories line combining astronomical and occult motifs with modern and technical production techniques like 3D printing, resin casting and sublimation printing. By contrasting secular, scientifically inspired astronomical imagery with traditional pagan, alchemical and occult symbolism, Astralizey propose a balanced, secular but spiritual understanding of the universe that combines what we as a species now know about the universe around us with the intuitive sense of respect for nature that remains in our ancient traditions.
I decided to focus on wearable art because of the economic realities of art as a luxury good. As an artist, I honestly debate the true value of an original painting compared to a functional item that actually fulfills a role in a person's life. Combining the two by creating an original painting on a well made, useful handbag seemed like a natural solution. The rest of the collection grew from there, as I ultimately just want to have produced or designed everything that I wear on a daily basis myself!
WHY SPACE PRINT?
I like to wear things with designs inspired by the mysteries of outer space, because they remind me of my place in the universe and help reinforce a cosmic perspective on the world. Astronomy inspired prints also remind me of how far we've come as a species. Our ancestors once worshipped the heavenly bodies, like the moon, and we have now walked on the face of gods. We still have farther to go; we have so much yet to discover, we barely even understand our limitations! I think Carl Sagan said it best;
"The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky."
-Carl Sagan, "Cosmos"