Over the last several months, we've had the good fortune of working with a very talented graphic designer to produce amazing brochures, flyers, web graphics, and other designs that have played an integral part in allowing us to effectively and engagingly communicate our Child Creativity Lab programs and initiatives.
Earlier this week, we had a chance to sit with Hani to get to know her better, and we are extremely excited to share what we learned!
Tell us a little about yourself: What got you interested in art and volunteering with kids?
I remember before being accepted into art school, I was worried about what else I was capable of doing in the event that I was rejected! I couldn't imagine myself in anything other than design or art, and that was my only desire, which I had not yet realized at that point.
In my opinion, children are the most important things we have, and I would like to help promote the next generation...to build Earth a better place to live.
Why do you put your time and efforts into helping support the Child Creativity Lab?
The Child Creativity Lab is trying to enhance children's creativity in an environment that is free without judgment and focused in the form of self-expression. That's a great way to work with children, and I'm so happy to put my efforts at helping the Child Creativity Lab build a bright future for kids.
What inspires your creativity?
There are so many things that surround me that could be creative inspiration, like a book, music, a poem, a painting, a friend, a simple event, the nature, people or even the white space.
What are your biggest strengths and challenges as an artist?
Being a great artist requires a great spirit, uninterrupted persistence and passion. I'm just trying to bring up my self in this way. Hope, passion and persistence are my strengths.
What, in your opinion, is the hardest step in creating a masterpiece?
Honestly I have no idea about that, because I never create a masterpiece in my mind and therefore never have to think about it! I just know that I need to work hard with my obsession with art and sometimes there will be moments of genius and I'll have an overflow of great art.
Can you remember one of your first creations? What makes it memorable?
Yes, I remember it exactly! It was when I was 6, and when I painted a group of dolphins using pastel. My mom starred at me and ask surprisingly: "Where did you ever see dolphins in this way that you could draw it like this?" It was probably my first serious art work.
Do you have an online blog or portfolio of work?
Yes! Please visit my work at http://www.hanikhatibi.com
Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a new genre of art?
I always had a dream of playing cello, and I hope to get the opportunity to go for it someday.
Lastly, it would be great if you could add provide some images of your favorite work to show followers how talented you are and how lucky the Child Creativity Lab is to have you!
Thank you! Here are a few of my favorites.
Hanieh Khatibi or "Hani" is a visual artist and graphic designer who has 8 years work experience in graphics and advertising. She has managed social, cultural and commercial projects in the community and works with clients who demand corporate identity, brand identity, brand development, product design, campaign design and layout to create visual environmental connections with people and customers in the society.
Hani collaborates with creative groups of writers, strategists and illustrators to bring comprehensive concepts through a very effective creative process to all projects, with simple expression. She enjoys visual and identity development, introducing artistic conceptualizations to commercial communications.