27 | Graphic designer and illustrator | Cape Town 

Theme: 16 Days, 16 Voices 

Ishaarah is a 27-year-old graphic designer and illustrator from Cape Town who has worked with some of the most exciting brands in SA and the world. As a Muslim woman of colour, her lived experience gives her a unique voice which she expresses through her art.

Her illustration work led to Ishaarah being selected as part of the 2016 class of Emerging Creatives from the prestigious Design Indaba. She also helped develop the branding of the Zeitz MOCAA Contemporary Art Museum at the V&A Waterfront.

“Strangely I feel like my personal work has thrived in the time of the pandemic. The natural increase in personal time has benefited my work greatly and I think it’s helped to inform me that in order to make good work I need to look inward and not try to follow trends or get consumed by what others are doing” she says of her creative process during the lockdown.

Ishaarah is number nine in the 16 emerging young artists we are profiling this month. In keeping with the essence of the 100 Beautiful things initiative and honouring South Africa’s youth, we are devoting the next 16 days to 16 beautiful things created by 16 young creatives who will share their stories.

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