I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m somewhat obsessed with the work of Durban-based artist and designer, Victoria Verbaan. Since I was introduced to her work by a fellow South African client earlier this year, I have incorporated it in many designs for clients as well as my own home.
I used some of my favourites in the master bedroom and bathroom at our new holiday home in South Africa and she’s released many more gorgeous pieces since then.
We recently connected with the incredibly talented creative to talk about her life, her inspiration and what’s in store.
– How did you discover your passion for art and what inspired you to become an artist?
I was very little. I drew very intricate and detailed hairstyles with a pencil. My teacher at the time called my Mum in to see them. I never stopped after that. I think it gave me the confidence to pursue what I love most, art. Painting and illustrating is my escape into a fantastical world. It allows me to challenge myself and explore life on a daily basis. It gives me the independence and individuality I need to be happy.
– If you could describe your work in a tweet, what would you say?
Hopeful, raw, sassy and playful at the same time.
– Who/what inspires your work?
Everything and anything! A face, a conversation, fashion, books, museums, galleries – getting out of the studio and seeing what’s happening in the world. Travel, colour in nature – there’s so much inspiration to be found. I like to constantly challenge myself with new product ideas and collections which continuously pushes me to research and source.
– What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever been given?
Focus on what you do best, never expect anything from anyone and never accept ‘it can’t be done’ for an answer.
– Something people don’t know about you?
I start to panic if I’m not in bed by 8:30pm.
– What’s on the horizon for Victoria Verbaan?
I’d like to work towards an exhibition and a possible collaboration which will hopefully have an interesting and unique outcome.
“to uplift and bring a smile is very important to me too, so if I can somehow do that with my work, that’s what I enjoy most!”
To share in the month of giving, we have a print up for grabs to one lucky HOH follower. Head over to Instagram to enter.
View Victoria’s full range at victoriaverbaan.com