Sketchbook:
Atieh Sohrabi

Joy You Can Wear

Atieh Sohrabi is a Brooklyn, New York-based illustrator. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Sohrabi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and product design from Islamic Azad University. The first book she illustrated, Kochololo, was awarded first prize in the fifth Tehran Biennial of Illustration in 2002. Since then, she’s illustrated more than 40 books for children, lending a carefree sophistication to each of her subjects—whether they’re people, flowers, cats, or fantastical creatures.

Sohrabi’s illustrations for Zócalo use the natural world as a motif for colorful garments—joy you can wear. There is a current of exuberance that travels through these thoroughly festive outfit illustrations. Designed for a voluptuous wearer, Sohrabi’s work feels like a combination of artist and writer Maira Kalman, and sculptor, painter, and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle.

These illustrations invite you to imagine where they might be worn, and who would be doing the wearing. Would it be city dwellers bringing some spark into the concrete jungle? Or could these bursts of colorful camouflage fit in among actual wildlife?

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