Forest Gate mum is hosting her own art exhibition

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 May 2017

Asif Bhaiji, daughter Khadijah Asif Bhaiji and Tasleem Bhaiji

Asif Bhaiji, daughter Khadijah Asif Bhaiji and Tasleem Bhaiji


Logistics co-ordinator and exam invigilator is hoping her debut exhibition changes her career.

Asif Bhaiji, daughter Khadijah Asif Bhaiji and Tasleem BhaijiAsif Bhaiji, daughter Khadijah Asif Bhaiji and Tasleem Bhaiji

Tasleem Bhaiji, of Anna Neagle Close, Forest Gate, is hosting an art exhibition to inspire and motivate people to do exactly what they want at the Gate Library, in Woodgrange Road later this year.

The 30-year-old mum has always been a keen artist, but has never truly taken the leap, although she is hoping that can finally change her path with a showcase of her work.

“I just want to inspire and motivate people to do more and use the places the council has to offer,” she explained.

“I didn’t realise how much was out there to help us until I looked.”

The former St James Church of England Junior School pupil has always known she wanted to be an artist and is excited to have her own exhibition called Craft Creation.

“I always knew it as a way of escaping from the real world,” she said.

“The world is my oyster when I’m drawing and that’s what truly inspired me.”

Tasleem graduated from Birmingham City University with an arts degree describing it as the “best three years” of her life, but has since struggled finding her way into the industry.

“It’s always been there, but itching to come out,” she added.

“I tried to have a career with it and did for a short amount of time.

“I was working with a TV channel making cartoons, but for me it is all about using paper and I just wanted a free art experience.”

The budding artist and illustrator believes being “lost” at school and becoming a parent has drove her to doing her own thing.

“I just feel like this is my time and I just want to show other parents that you can make something out of nothing,” Tasleem said.

“When I became a parent I was really post natal and art is what brought me back to reality.”

The exhibition doesn’t follow a specific theme, although nature seems to take the forefront, as Tasleem likes to do art from everyday life.

“If I go out and I could see a bird and think that looks absolutely beautiful, so i’ll take a picture then take it home to work on.”

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