Ishaarah Arnold

27, Graphic Designer and Illustrator

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Ishaarah is a Cape Town born-and-raised graphic designer and illustrator with 6 years agency experience across design disciplines - from illustration to branding to art direction to user interface design.

In 2014 Ishaarah graduated with a final year Cum Laude at the University of Stellenboch with a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Visual Communications Design. In 2016 she was selected as part of the class of Emerging Creatives from the prestigious Design Indaba for her illustration work; which has led to media features in publications like Visi Magazine as well as national radio and TV appearances.

In 2021, Ishaarah launched a ten-piece collection with global giant SHEIN. The collection features her latest illustration style where use of bold colours and continuous lines speak to the emotion and diversity of everyday life.


Artist Alliance Documentary

Ishaarah Arnold, a designer, illustrator, art director and maker of beautiful things. At the centre of Ishaarah's work is representation, the idea of softness illustrated and the redirection of the male gaze. Hear it from the artist herself, as the first part of five from the V&A Waterfront's Artist Alliance docuseries. As she shares her values for community and pays homage to the community of Cape Town through her work.

Artist Alliance Creation

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My piece was inspired by the sights and sounds of the V&A Waterfront - from the laughter of friends shopping together, to the joy of children playing, to the sound of seagulls stealing hot chips from the food court. My piece is a collage of experiences you can find at the V&A - all coming together as a colourful oasis under the purply Table Mountain