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by Delaram Ghanimifard

Have you ever wondered what is it like to be an illustrator in Iran? Travelling to Tehran this summer, I met some of Tiny Owl’s fantastic illustrators. Here I thought of sharing the experience with you. My first visit was to Anahita Teymorian’s studio in Tehran. She works there and teaches children (5-12 year olds). Anahita is the author/illustrator of our two titles: A Bird Like Himself and The Clever Mouse.

Anahita Teymorian

Anahita Teymorian (Taymourian)

I have learned that there is many different ways in which you can spell an Iranian name in English. Anahita spells her surname at least in two different ways. But that’s not important. What counts is that she has thousands of stories in her head. Anahita has several published books and many ideas jumping up and down in her mind, enthusiastically waiting for her attention to them! I spent an hour in her studio and heard a dozen of beautiful stories that she had in mind. She had illustrated one or two frames of some of these and left them unfinished. Others were just thoughts waiting for her brush to make them alive.

I’m not going to spoil the stories, but here’s a peek at some of those ideas:

Personal Album

Personal Album, Anahita Taymourian
Personal Album, Anahita Teymorian

The two frames on the wall, are part of an unfinished work, Personal Album. This is one of Anahita’s favourite titles and she hopes to finish the book soon. The two frames are probably the first and the last in the book. You could never guess the beautiful story behind it.

The Girl in Rain

idea book, Anahita Teymorian
idea book, Anahita Teymorian

“Everywhere she went, the girl was always in the rain, until she closed her umbrella.”

This is one of Anahita’s stories, in her book of ideas. It is yet to become a proper picture book, or even a couple of completed frames. The girl has to wait in the rain for a while.

There is Room for Everyone

There is Room for Everyone, Anahita Teymorian
There is Room for Everyone, Anahita Teymorian

I was very happy to see that we at Tiny Owl are making one of these gorgeous stories into a book! She was working on the details of each illustration, making them perfect. This is one of Anahita’s best books and we will have more news on it very soon, so watch this space for it.


There is Room for Everyone
There is Room for Everyone

Now I just can’t wait to see the completed work!

Read an interview with Anahita here.

More to read about A Bird Like Himself:

  • A Bird Like Himself as described by the Guardian reader. Link
  • Hazel Mitchell’s words. Link
  • A review by Medicated Flower of Fashion. link
  • A review by: Outside in World. Link
  • A review by; Creative Steps. Link
  • A review by: Let Them Be Small. Link
  • A review by Jill Bennett. Link
  • A Life lesson through a story. Link
  • A picture report from EDBF. Link

More to read about The Clever Mouse:

  • A review by Books for Keep. Link
  • A Picture report from EDBF. Link
  • A Life lesson through a story. Link

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