About Me: Tableware, fine art, and stationery are just few of the wonderful products designed by Farida Zaman, illustrator and designer. Farida’s clients include advertising agencies, product manufacturers, and publishers and she is represented by Storybook Arts Inc., in New York state for her children’s book illustrations. Her beautiful artwork has appeared in school text books, children’s books, magazines, packaging, and clothing. Her colourful style and whimsical expressions add life and vibrancy to all of her work. Farida’s artwork is global – she has done posters for London Transport, produced images for the Latin Grammy Awards, designed packaging for The Body Shop, sold prints at the American Crafts Museum in New York, designed greeting cards for UNICEF in Geneva, and creatwed menus for restaurants in Toronto. This reflects her background and upbringing: she has lived in the United States, Canada, South Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe along with wide travels in North Africa and the Far East. She draws inspiration from the colours of Marrakech, textiles in Bangkok, the markets of Istanbul, New York’s energy and London’s cosmopolitanism.
Through her children’s book illustrations, Farida has given book readings at libraries and children’s book stores, run workshops for art classes at elementary and high schools, and taught enrichment programs to help her audience understand illustration as an integral part of story telling. She has done readings and art demonstration classes at schools in London, New York, and Toronto.
Farida trained at London’s Chelsea School of Art and graduated from the Wimbledon School of Art. She is a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York and the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators. Following her studies in London, Farida lived in Geneva and the New York area. She now lives and works from her home studio in Toronto where she lives with her daughter, son, and husband.
My Interests: Fine Art, Photography, Home Decor, Reading, Writing children's stories and painting on ceramic surfaces