|"I don’t think you can choose to be creative, it chooses you,” says illustrator Dana Avni. Pictured is above are her drawings showing her signature sure line and use of vivid blocks of colour.|
Our fashion correspondent in London, Limor Helfgott, speaks to talented young illustrator Dana Avni about her new work, studies and plans for the future
|Illustrator Dana Avni. Photo by Amit Shlomovich|
Avni describes how a childhood incident made her understand how she was always determined to find her own way creatively, even from a very young age. When she was at kindergarten, her teacher handed out white pages with a stencil of an orange tree, a variety of coloured chalks, and asked the children to draw. All of the other children coloured the oranges in orange, but little Dana painted them blue.
|Avni captures creates movement and emotion in her drawings|
Looking back, the young illustrator says that experience didn’t deter her. The teacher surely was better off letting her paint the oranges blue rather than having to repaint the bathroom walls, but for Dana it was an early realisation that no one could stop her from creating in the way she wanted to.
|A light-hearted thread of humour runs through Avni's work|
Currently studying visual communication at Minshar, School of Arts in Tel Aviv, Avni is completing her fourth and final year. She has also started her own business with her partner, Hen Lazimi, also a visual communication student at a different school. They are creating new sketchbook covers and have big plans for the future: “This is only the beginning,” she promises, “There is much more to come”.
|Whimsy and good drawing enhance Avni's illustrations|
|Avni likes to post her new work on social media|
And what are the plans for the future? Dana and her partner are now planning to move to Berlin this year, to start a new creative life there. One thing is certain, whatever happens, she will always remember the blue oranges, where it all started.