Interview: Mariam Zahra


Name: Mariam Zahra

Where do you live: Lahore, Pakistan

Known for: Art work, soft board designer.

Currently working with:
Designing soft boards/graphing children’s work into school magazines.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
When I started working in a school.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I have a traveler’s mind set. I don’t like to live at one place for a long time.

How would you describe your creativity?
It’s instinctive/natural.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
In 2007. When I joined a school.

What do you do at the moment?
I’m an English, Math teacher, soft board designer and I prepare early year kids for poetry competitions and drama.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Please listen to your heart, be yourself and don’t copy.

Tell us how it all started.
It started when I joined a school as a teacher.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Freedom of expression.

What is your favorite film?
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
I would eat with anyone who is a true friend.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
By traveling and eating.

What is luxury for you?
You can never have enough of luxury of any kind… So if you have a satisfying life, it’s luxurious.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
I got it from one of my colleagues that is “board queen”.

What do you fear most?
Being misunderstood.

What is a happy life to you?
Where I can be myself and people can remember me through my work.

What does a regular day look like for you?
I stay with kids all day long while trying to bring out their creativity through their verbal expression, writing and drawings.

Tell us about your dream project.
I am a day to day dreamer. I want everyday to last as an achievement.

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
All the characters from Dr. Seuss and Disney Land. They are a true inspiration for the children. When children get the right inspiration at the right time then their life gets set automatically.

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
I’m a teacher, soft board designer and an art person.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
Being recognized.

What inspires you?

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
I’m not a bookie but I love watching movies.


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