Three And a Half Questions With Tulip Hazbar

Three And a Half Questions With Tulip Hazbar

Last month, we interviewed graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist Tulip Hazbar who was leading a learning lab in TUMO Yerevan. Born in Syria and raised in the United Arab Emirates, she is one of three sisters, all with names beginning with the letter T — Taleen, Tulay and Tulip.

What are your favorite tools and mediums to work with?

I use design to meet an objective or solve an issue, and I’ll choose whatever medium allows me to do that best. There is no favorite anything to me. If it works, it works, and I would use it — whether it be digital or hand-drawn illustration or typography, video or animation. I try to be practical with my choices. But I definitely like illustration — it’s something that I enjoyed doing even before I became a graphic designer. I love typography and film, and in my work, I do installations and play with sound. So, I pick mediums to serve specific purposes and communicate ideas.

How do you overcome creative crisis and where do you look to for inspiration?

Taking little breaks every once in awhile is a good idea. Allowing yourself to watch a movie, go for a walk, and talk to friends from inside or outside the realm of work. It’s a matter of reminding yourself that it’ll get figured out. You just need to do it properly, put in the time that it deserves and give yourself the time to breathe.
I turn to music for inspiration. I like compiling what I listen to into playlists. I do it every month, and always find it interesting to look back at what I was listening to earlier in the year. I started doing that in 2012.

What would you say about your work experience?

I like that teens come here for technology, art and design education. There is something really beautiful about a place where everyone is welcome to come and access this learning.
Teaching a lab at TUMO has been my longest teaching experience ever. I don’t like lectures and giving theoretical lessons because students can read that in books. My goal through the vinyl cover project was to create a practical work environment, and for students to get the sense of working in a professional design studio.


Tulips hands, adorned with six silver rings, tell stories that stretch from Aleppo and Dubai to Yemen. Initially, a jeweler in Aleppo refused to sell her the ring that she wanted because it represents a man who has been in prison. By the end of their conversation, however, she convinced him to sell her two!