by Zainab Nasir
Rabiya Owais of Beeyas and Lady Wine Eyes
Your city: Karachi
What drives you?(What makes you so passionate about your work)
There are times when communicating or expressing a certain feeling becomes difficult through words; when I feel something strongly I find peace in drawing it out and preserving that feeling in the form of art. My passion for art is because of the creativity I can inject in my work using my thoughts and feelings to create something which people can connect with.
How did you get here and how long have you been in this profession (or been doing what you do)?
As a kid, art was my favourite hobby. I just always used the creativity of my mind to improve my skills. ‘Beeyas’ was introduced in March 2015 as my official Facebook page; motivation from my family and friends was a major reason which led me to it. Currently, I draw out any thought or feeling which I believe would have an impact on society. Last year, July 2016, I started working on inspirational art captions and blogging under the same domain with the name ‘Lady Wine Eyes’.
What has been your vision and what do you most love about your work?
I want my art to act as a voice and leave an impact on society; my vision more specifically is “to communicate through what’s unsaid yet felt”. What I love about my work is that it is potentially the greatest way of creating connections based on how people interpret it; this helps me connect with people possessing various thoughts, feelings and ideas. I feel this is the best thing as it gives me inspiration to work better.
What do you think is your biggest achievement throughout your professional journey?
Beeyas has been largely a non-profit field of work; my greatest achievement has been self-growth and building connections with people solely through art. Not only has it allowed me to become confident and strong but has also taught me to be patient and appreciate every moment of life whether positive or negative.
My work has also helped me connect to a lot of people either professionally or emotionally; working with projects ranging from story boards to media graphics for companies and photographers at a professional level, emotionally I have also been able to connect with minds that appreciate art and have led lives full of pain, rage, happiness, love or disappointment.
What are your current projects and what do you plan on doing in the near future?
Currently I am working with computer graphics and enhancing my digital art skills. I plan to work with photographers in near future and do travel art projects.
A word of advice you would like to pass on to other women struggling with their start-ups?
I would like to encourage all women in the society to pursue what they love; whether its handicrafts, photography, cooking, writing, music or anything, it does not always have to give you monetary benefit; just plan to start and work with dedication. It will take time, but people will see you stand out and trust me; it is the best feeling when you leave an impact which makes you visible. Even if it is a small impact, it is still there and that reflects that you are on the right track of achieving your dream.