My name is Victoria Verbaan and I have a business in South Africa called Victoria Verbaan & the Smoking Daxi which was born as a result of this great desire to build a brand that is fun and uplifting. The range currently includes fine art limited edition prints, tote-style bags, rugs, gifting and 2 fabric collections.
Art is what I love most. I studied Fine Arts at The University of Cape Town and then Art Direction and Graphic Design at the Red and Yellow School of Logic and Magic graduating as the top design student in the class of 2000. My work is the place where I have fun. It’s fairytale and fiction. Contradiction. Fashion, nature, emotion…without being too serious. I look at alot of ‘content’. Anything, anywhere, anytime…books, blogs, magazines, a face, colours, nature, cheap bits and bobs, the shop front window at Bergdorf. The alarming quality of Surrealism and of course Roald Dahl who has been a good friend for as long as I can remember. I love the challenge of my work and without it I’d be lost.
I have illustrated for Marie Claire Magazine, Vodaworld Magazine, Earthcote, Cambridge Publishing, Woolworths amongst others.