Aya may be young but she is wise beyond her age! She manages to balance her studies, work, and love for fashion all just fine and make it look so effortless. We came across her Instagram account and were delighted to discover her refined taste in fashion and most importantly her unique hand lettering.
And because we're always looking out for new talent, our collaboration was fired up right away.
The Mashallah piece is her first of hopefully many more collaborations to come.
Give us a brief introduction about yourself
My name is Aya Barqawi and I am a graphic designer/ blogger/ photographer and content
creator, so just a whole bunch of things mashed up into one. I started blogging because I love to be creative and to bring fun and new ideas, inspiration or trends into the web. My inspiration is driven by a very minimalistic, modern and clean view. Just simplicity overall, that is where I’m most comfortable.
I am also specializing in typography and brush pen lettering and am also available for custom lettering and branding. I basically live to be inspired and am constantly looking for new inspiration and some new exciting project to engage in.
When did you realize you want to become an artist/illustrator/designer?
I didn’t! Not a graphic designer at least. Ever since I was a little girl, my goal has always been to end up in the Fashion industry somehow, which is still a goal of mine. But the lack of any fashion schools in Amman (which is where I live) kind of forced me to step out of my comfort zone and choose, what I thought to be, the next best thing. Little did I know at that time, that I was going to be completely obsessed and love with graphic design, especially the whole typography and branding side of it.
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
I think I was blessed and annoyingly eager enough to explore all my options, which lead to me doing a whole bunch of things together. I think that personally, as a creative individual, I cannot just do the same exact thing for the rest of my life. Otherwise, that wouldn’t be creativity for me, it’d just be routine. So being involved in more than one creative outlet at the same time, never makes me wonder “what if?”.
In terms of your craft, which taught you more, school or life? Please elaborate
Definitely life. Growing up around my mother who always designed and created her own clothes was a huge source of inspiration for me. It was mesmerizing for me to see right before my own eyes something being created out of nothing. Similarly, in the graphic design field, I’ve learned a whole lot more actually working with other designers and understanding the inspiration behind their works, going to art galleries and just taking a moment to appreciate the art around me at a given moment in time, because we ARE surrounded by creativity 24/7.
How do you start working on a project?
Research, research, research! I dig real deep and try to explore the theme of my project right down to the smallest, most excruciating detail. I feel like that is absolutely necessary in order to create a final result that actually embodies what you’re trying to say.
Who is the most inspiring person to you?
My mother. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, as cliché as it sounds, s he was the person that opened my eyes into this whole creative field. She was, continues to be and will forever be my biggest source of inspiration.
What’s your favorite pastime?
If I’m feeling active, it’ll be some sort of outdoorsy thing with my sister, so either a run or rock climbing (which is actually indoors now that I think of it haha). When I'm not, I put on some music and I letter away, it’s just therapeutic for me.
Mashawi and Mansaf! Yes, I’m the classic Jordanian.
It’s hard to choose because it depends on my mood. In the mornings it’s always something classic so either Fairouz or Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong etc. As for more contemporary artists, I love Milky Chance.
Not being able to achieve my goals to the fullest, so basically failing.
Being around my family.