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Dr. Leila Honari is an animator of Persian background, whose first profession was as a designer of traditional carpets. Her principal research interests lie in the field of cultural and historical animation. She focuses on making animated projects that weave social, cultural, cross-cultural, and historical themes within a symbolic context, examining motif and metaphor in relation to animated storytelling, using hand-drawn, painterly and patterned-form techniques.


Farsh-e-Parandeh (translating as Flying Carpet in Persian) draws holistically on her cultural and professional background. Farsh-e-Parandeh is an animated aerial-projected installation – a moving version of a traditional Persian carpet – that utilises a rig incorporating mirrors which is very similar to that used for the magic lantern. Following it’s premier exposition Farsh-e-Parandeh has been exhibited in the George Town Festival, Jalan Jalan on the Move, in Malaysia, 2018; and screened as part of the Australian animation program for exchange with various ASIFA chapters around the world for International Animation Day 2018.


Her practice-based creative art research extends across the subjects of women's studies and migrant arts in the field of animation and illustrative arts. Currently she is nearing completion on a short animated film concerning the evolution of Iranian womanhood, (working title “No-Body”) which explores the physical, cultural and psychological representation of women across multiple centuries.


Illustrative artwork includes the multi-part series “The Seven Realms of Love” and the young adult picture book “The Stolen Button”, with participation in group exhibitions across Brisbane between 2011 and 2019.


Leila leads the Art Direction major in the Griffith Film School’s animation program. Her teaching centres on concept design and creative development from a dedicated foundation of drawing, covering human and animal figures, interior and external environments, objects and landscapes, including colour, perspective, layout and form within the context of animation production.

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Leila is also the director of Sufi Art Group and one of its founders.  The Sufi Art Group aims to preserve the art and culture of love and devotion philosophy of Sufism as the concept revives people’s artistic needs may be met through more sublime immaterial processes. 

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