Interview with the amazing Lama Khayyat

December 27, 2012

Lama describes herself as a

Winter child

An MFA holder

University instructor

Designer/illustrator and a human being

We at Yislamoo have been very privileged to work with her on a congratulations greeting card entitled “Loolooleesh”

and a birthday greeting card with a very cute clown


When did you realize you want to become an artist/illustrator/designer?

Ever since I was little, I would always doodle on school desks and any piece of paper that gets in my way. I initially wanted to study art but was afraid of limiting myself to specific job positions, so I decided to study graphic design instead, and instantly fell in love with it.


If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?

I was always into psychology; it was my second choice after design.


In terms of your craft, which taught you more, school or life?

School gave me the initial push and encouragement to integrate my illustrations into my designs, but after graduating, I had more time to focus on developing my illustrative style and working with different mediums. So I say both!


How do you start working on a project?

I always have a doodle pad with me, I jot down ideas or sketches on the go, then later I go back to them in hopes to come up with something worth painting and creating.


Who is the most inspiring person to you?

My father, he is such a hard worker and family oriented person. I adore that man. 


What’s your favorite pastime?

I loved my childhood, from spending summers in California, to growing up with four siblings. It’s amazing how we as kids are amused by the simplest things, everything is somehow magnified and glorified, and it stays in your memory forever.

Also I can spend endless hours daydreaming about the beach; I love paper toys, and I’m a certified Pinterest addict.


Favorite food?

Sushi and mansaf (separately, of course).


Favorite musician?

Hmm, I have too many, but my ultimate favorites are The XX and Vampire Weekend.


Biggest fear?

Losing a loved one.


Biggest joy?

Spending time with my niece and nephew, children have an amazing imagination, when I’m with them I feel like I’m a child all over again.

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