Leila was approached by Emma from the Spectrum of Misconception last April 2020 and commissioned to create a few illustrations for their 2020 Christmas greeting cards. She thoroughly enjoyed the project as it presented her with a series of very interesting challenges. Despite getting very precise briefs, they gave her, all the creative freedom she needed to explore them. Emma was very friendly and easy to speak with and happily participated in the process from brainstorming for ideas to the final illustration.
Leila learned a lot about autism in the process. A subject she didn’t know much about. She learned that there are many different types of autism and that no two individuals with autism are the same. Every one is different and every autistic person is different as well.
Leila lives and works in the beautiful region of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Of both French and Egyptian origins, she has elected the United Kingdom as her home country since 2009. She has a Bsc in Chemistry, a Masters in International Business and a Diploma in Children’s Book Illustration.She has travelled the world extensively and is well spoken in five languages. She had a non linear career that included jobs in metallography, archeology, information technology, publishing, agrochemicals and fashion/lifestyle.
Since leaving the corporate world, she has illustrated books for a variety of clients, from printing companies to self published authors, as well as self published a few of her own. She has also created a few greeting cards and book covers.
She loves whimsical and soft paced stories that make you smile fondly. Magical stories with a simple plot. Nothing too sweet and nothing too funny either.
You can find more about her here: www.leilanabih.com
I have always had huge love for anything conceptual, strategic and creative.
I studied Fine Art at University which gave me the opportunity to explore further mediums in greater detail, leading to confirm my love for illustration, photography and strategy.
After University I took the opportunity to move around following various opportunities that arose, taking inspiration and aesthetic pleasure from each place I moved.
There opportunities lead me into Creative Consultancy and Marketing here in London.
Here I was lucky enough to work collaboratively and consultatively with some amazing brands and creative agencies globally.
Since then I have taken my time to focus on various personal and freelance projects, I find being able to give back, help and make others smile extremely satisfying.
I learned about Spectrum of Misconception through my Mum who works with Emma. I was asked to come up with various illustrations reflecting different concepts of how Autism is often perceived.
The conceptual side of things is something I have always found fascinating, connecting with people. learning about them and understanding to find inspiring and sometimes unorthodox perspectives of delivering important messages.
Malini Croxson is a self-taught artist who has been able to rekindle her childhood love of art.
'I am exploring the exciting world of illustration and hope my work is able to express meaning and tell a story.
As a mum myself, meeting with Emma and learning more about the challenges faced by young people and their families resonated strongly with me.
Working with the Spectrum of Misconception gives me an opportunity to convey an important message through my illustrations which I hope helps to raise awareness.'
Malini lives in Hertford with her husband and young son.
Laura is a student at Aberystwyth School of Art and a self-taught digital artist, having worked with the medium for over 8 years.
She worked with Spectrum of Misconception over the summer and autumn of 2018 to provide the project with cartoon illustrations.
As a local of Hertford, the town and people greatly inspire her characters and environments.
Her work has been shown both in Hertford as part of Simon Balle Sixth form, and in London in the 2018 National Students’ Exhibition.