Iranian born artist Leila Honari is a Persian carpet designer and animator currently lecturing and convening concept design courses in the animation and games department at the Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University. Leila's career as an instructor dates back to 1999 when she began teaching Carpet Aesthetics; the analysis of Persian carpet patterns and carpet designing in three different art universities in Iran for over seven years.
She is currently completing a PhD; her practice based research melds animation with her experience in Persian carpet design and patterns which builds links between Leila's background as a traditional crafts person and her current role as an animation scholar.
Her traditional Iranian training in painting, drawing and music also informs her practice to tell allegorical Sufi stories. It is over seventeen years that she is directing The Sufi Art Group in the field of visual arts.
Leila also has research interest in animation history and theory as well as Persian art and culture studies. She has presented her papers in the Create World Conference in 2015 in Brisbane, the AAANZ conference at QAGOMA in 2015 and the SAS conference in Singapore in 2016 and in ASPERA conference in June 2017 in Bond University, Gold Coast.
Leila’s research output includes publications, exhibitions, presentations, performances and screenings: You can find her CV here.