Earlier in the month we introduced our new blog series, Creative SA. In this series we will regularly feature South African makers.
For our third installment of the Creative SA series, we will be sharing the beautiful artworks of Leila Fanner with you.
Leila is a painter, illustrator and surface pattern designer who works from her studio in the small town of Riebeek West.
Similar to Nicole & The Striped Flamingo, the SA creative we shared with you in our previous post, Leila has had her own part in Design Monarchy’s brand evolution. In fact, it is Leila who designed our beautiful company logo in 2012.
Since we first interviewed her four years ago, Leila has placed greater focus on her fine art works – spending much time with paint brush in hand.
The elements that Rose and I most adore about Leila’s paintings are her bold use of vivid colours in combination with intricate pattern and detail. Her artworks often have a whimsical yet edgy feminine quality with a slight mystical feel.
Leila’s works, while rich in South African flavour, are completely unique. Her striking paintings feature a fresh interpretation on the local imagery and frequently feature South African fauna and flora. Leila also has the rare and remarkable ability to incorporate African elements into her paintings and designs without the usual “Greenmarket Square cheese”.
Leila will be taking part in the “Summertide” group exhibition this Sunday the 4th of December at The Gallery in Riebeek Kasteel. Also be sure to check out Leila’s Facebook page as she is currently having a studio sale.
We are also very excited to announce that Leila has gifted us with some of her goreous printed product to dole out as give-away prizes to some of our lucky blog readers. We will be posting all the give-away competition details tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled.