J O A N N A L A Y L A
Joanna Layla is an illustrator based in South East London. She graduated with a First-class Honours in English Language & Literature – a degree that sparked her interest in visual language and communication. Seeing illustration as a parallel discipline to literature threads through all her work – from design to her poetic interpretation.
She has recently created illustrations for clients including Grace Vienna, Hackney Museum, A Hackney Autobiography, UnFold, Dressed&Naked, Grace Savage, Lyric Hammersmith, Cardboard Citizens, and brands including The White Company, Bombay Sapphire and Amaka. She loves illustrating live and has created live artwork for Penguin Children’s Books, The White Company, and most recently a live interdisciplinary collaboration for TEDX with David Kam and Natalie Su Company. In 2016 she created illustrations for the 50th anniversary production of Cathy Come Home at The Barbican which The Guardian described as “Joanna Layla‘s elegant graphics …took us into the world of tenements, hostels and campsites as if evoking a whole society”.
Her ability to draw – and using life drawing and sketchbook work as the starting point for her work – brings a vivid quality, gesture and brush work to her illustration. She is inspired by fine art and literature and enjoys creating original works as part of her practice. Her work has been shown in galleries in both the UK and USA.
Joanna Layla has just been shortlisted for the Prize for Illustration 2017 at London Transport Museum with Association of Illustrators. And her new animation work with Lizzy Rowlatt will be debuted at Hay Festival this year. 2017 will also see new work for several publications including the Elbow Room journal and an exhibition of new large original works on paper.
C L I E N T S
The White Company & Little White Company
The Woodland Trust
Cardboard Citizens / Wellcome Trust
Central Saint Martins
Natalie Su Dance Company
Breast Cancer Care
National Youth Theatre
A Hackney Autobiography