Who am I and what do I do?
I am an Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Storyteller from the Cape Flats. I dabble in multiple mediums, always exploring ways to communicate visually, to inspire and motivate little ones to love to learn and lessen the gap in literacy in South Africa.
My Art Style:
My style of illustration and design is experimental and eclectic, with a dash of childish reverie and adventure. I think I’m like this in real-life as well.
I love inventing scenarios to create fantastical themes within my work, while also bringing through my culture as an African-born muslim. I love creating art that contrasts and challenges common perception, and telling the stories of the undermined in different techniques (collage, digital and linoprint to name a few.)
My life’s purpose:
My main drive is to use my abilities to combat literacy levels in South African children and people facing societal economic issues such as poverty, drugs and crime.
I believe design and illustration can make the world better and that’s what I try to bring across in every piece. It motivates me to tell stories that is not told, to speak about concepts like racism, sexuality and mental health in a healthy and child-friendly way.
Art and Design can bring people closer, a quick look at my own community is motivation enough.
Success to me is making an impact on a child’s life. If one story or illustration of mine can teach a child a thing, make their world brighter or trigger their imagination that would be enough.
I plan to create a series of Children’s picture books and use my skills to create cost-effective spaces where children can learn and play safely.
I am especially interested in collaborating with brands that support and promote literacy and learning for women and children in underprivileged circumstances. I firmly believe art can bring positive social change and would love to help organizations make our futures brighter.
I want to leave behind some of my passion and gumption and my belief that anything is possible. I want to have taught at least one person to love to learn and carry on the importance of what it means to care for the younger generations.