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Wan Jamila

Biography


Wan Jamila started drawing at the age of 4. She draws her own interpretation of people. She draws intricate patterns and human expressions based on her experiences and observations.

 
 
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Wan Jamila was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 13th of June in 2002, the elder of two sisters. She also has 3 other grown-up brothers. Jamila was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 4. She has difficulty in verbal communication and social interaction, however is fully aware of what goes on around her. She uses drawings as a way of revealing her feelings of happiness, sadness, anger and joy.

She went through early intervention program as soon as her condition was diagnosed. She went to a private primary school that provided a program to handle special children like her. There it was noticed that she was prolific in drawing people and events that involved people, in all her exercise books. In the school, she also showed her ability to dance. She could perform a complex dance after having observed a specific dance movement briefly. She could translate all the dance steps into drawings.

When she was about 10, Jamila became fascinated with the use of digital software that she installed herself. She used her forefinger to draw. She has produced thousands of digital drawings using this technique. At the age of 14, her mother decided to train her with proper drawing techniques with the help of a local artist.

Jamila drawings are a collection of her memories in terms of her emotions, her passions, and events. She draws intricate patterns and human expressions based on her experiences and observations. Her distinctive style shines through every piece of her work.

My Journey With Jamila

“I started my travels with an autistic child in darkness. It was something I wasn’t prepared for as it was a hard and painful journey. It was challenging having to balance the weight of working a double career as Architect and Lecturer and the responsibility of taking care of an autistic child. Along the way, I was blessed with friends that supported me mentally and morally. I was even more blessed with my youngest daughter (Jemima) for helping me to care for Jamila.

When Jamila was 7 years old in 2009, slowly I saw light through the darkness and began to delve into Jamila’s mind and realize her ways of thinking by coaching her daily at home. I was triumphant at last, when I managed to truly understand her. She is a visual thinker, not a language based thinker. She holds information in ways that people will hardly understand, and see things in ways that others might find unimaginable. It has allowed me to break free from the standard mould of teaching. This discovery has made her far more readable now than she was when she was younger. I learned to adapt to her, not to lead her.

It was becoming tougher when she moved to secondary school in 2015 at the age of 13. Here, I realized that I could not rewind the clock if I had missed the golden opportunity to explore her special talent. At this milestone, I decided to concentrate with what she can do, rather than what she cannot do. As such I made the decision to retire from my career and give full concentration on her gift. She might have developmental and societal behaviour in a different order than her begin or begun peers, but she is able to accomplish her own victories, when it is her time to do so.

The rocky travels turned into an exciting journey. The pain was a beautiful scar and a reminder. The challenge is a blessing in disguise. Without darkness, the stars can’t shine. I am glad I was given the opportunity to experience a journey with someone so unique like my daughter, Jamila.”

“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn” Dr.O.Ivar Lovaas

 

“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable”
Franz Kafka

“Autism did not stop Einstein, Mozart, Newton or Temple Grandin from reaching the stars”.

Early Years

Dr. Norizan Rajak

(Urbane Ethos Early Intervention Center, Denai Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor)


"I had the honour to be among the first of Jamila's playmates in 2008, when she was at age 6. Her favourite game was singing and playing patty cake-patty cake and to do sensory "artwork" using foam in order to develop reciprocity and turn taking in play. I still remember how surprised she was when I sprayed the foam on the table and we started doodling on it and she would laugh at my attempt to draw. That sense of humour developed well and she started to initiate games that she enjoyed and learned. Jamila is a joyful and free spirited girl who is set to soar to the best of her potentials. Arts is her language to communicate to the world and I hope there will be many good "listeners" out there who are ready to be engaged as well."

Noor Sa’adah Mohd. Noordin.

(Dyslexia Specialist)


"It has been my utmost pleasure to have been given the opportunity to work with my beautiful talented niece Wan Jamila in her early years in 2010, struggling to overcome her literacy skills.

As a specialist in Dyslexia, the task given was quite a challenge indeed for me as being autistic, she learns differently. Despite the difficulties and challenges, my special affection goes to Jamila for her hard work and perseverance, thriving her best when challenged. Her sense of curiosity and her ability to see the world in her unique perspective is indeed her source of creativity and brilliance!

‘ONE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO ACHIEVE BIG DREAMS’ . Keep soaring high my dear, the sky is the limit.”

Primary Schools

Sum Mooi Soo

(Renew Earthlife Therapy Centre)


“I first met Jamila back in 2009 in my therapy room. Back then she was a ‘frighten fearful child’ but somehow we managed to build a trusting bond between us. From then on, I witnessed how she came out off her fear around people and social surroundings. She grows with confidence, though still shy but she knows what she wants and work towards it. Her weakness becomes her ‘gift’ and she is now sharing the pureness rhythm of life with the world.”

Mr. Lee Peng Chiong

(Principal Sri Acmar Primary school)


“It is not the handicap, but the attitude of the normal. To the handicap is the hardest thing to bear. Every child should be given a chance. Nothing is impossible to achieve. Seek and you will find”.

Miss Judith Anthony

(Vice Principal Sri Acmar Primary School)


“A rather timid appearing little girl clutching her mother’s hand and walking through the gates of Sekolah Sri Acmar in the year 2009 soon became the talk of the school. Her extra ordinary talents in drawing and dancing were tremendous. She used to score A for her Art and multi praises from the audience who watched her dancing.”

“Although diagnosed with autism she managed to score a C for her Science in the UPSR examination. She also captured the hearts of the other schoolmates and teachers. Having taught her makes me feel proud of her achievements. The fruit of the labour of the teachers in Sekolah Sri Acmar shines like a star and she is non other than Wan Jamila.”

Jamila with schoolmates during UPSR Examination briefing by Principal at school.
Jamila with the dance team at Klang Executive Club for school concert.

Secondary Schools

She started drawing as a tool of communication in 2006 (at age 4), and now this gifted talent has paved her path as an Artist when she was only 14 years old in March 2017. At 15 (January 2018), she was invited to join a 3 nation exhibition (IMAGO MUNDI Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore) , which has brought her to a national level. In March 2018, her participation in ArtEDecor Exhibition in Matrade Kuala Lumpur, gave her further recognition as a national artist. Her journey as an Artist flourished in less than a year.

Her creation of art is purely from her soul without formal art education. She started drawing using pigment ink on acid free paper and develop into acrylic and mix media on canvas. She draws intricate patterns and human expressions based on her experiences and observations and draws her own interpretation of people. Her special inborn power of imagination and assimilation of patterns and colours make her art different and unique. She has created a unique genre in the art industry. Most of her drawings are a collection of her memories in terms of her emotions, her passions, and events she experienced. Her paintings are therapeutic and moves your emotions of happiness.

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Achievements

COMPETITIONS (NATIONAL LEVEL):

1.She won a poster (3 hours live drawing) weekly competition at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, titled “NEGARAKU” on 29 July 2017.

        

2.She won third place  (6 hours live painting) in National Abilympics Painting Competition on 28th July 2018. She was the youngest contestant (Age 16). The competition was open to ages (18 to 50 years old in 2021).

        

APPOINTED ARTISAN for Malaysian Buiding Society Berhad (MBSB) Corporate Calender and Corporate gifts:

1.Corporate Calendar MBSB

  

2.Corporate Gift MBSB

    

APPOINTED ARTISAN for Hulo Hotel & Art Gallery from 2nd February 2018 until 2nd February 2019:

      

    

APPOINTED ARTISAN for Lawabana Sdn Bhd in 2018:

  

  

APPOINTED ARTISAN for Danajamin Nasional Berhad for their annual event “Danajamin Mighty Run 2018”:

 

  

MEDIA COVERAGE (NEWSPAPER):

Her journey was covered in the local newspaper like:

1.Kosmo newspaper Malaysia  on 3rd April 2017 titled “Amature Autistic Artist With Big Talent”

2.Kosmo newspaper Malaysia on 14th August 2017 titled  “Wan Jamila’s Empire Of Art”

3.Kosmo newspaper Malaysia on 14th August 2017 titled “The Creation Of Art For Independence Day”

4.Malay Mail newspaper Malaysia on 14th August 2017 titled: “Merdeka Theme Brings Out Best In Artists”

5.Malay Mail newspaper Malaysia on 20th September 2017 titled: “Speaking Through Art”

6.Star Metro newspaper Malaysia on 7th July 2018 titled: “Exhibition by Autistic Artists, Luminance Art for Autism”.

7.Harian Metro Malaysia on 20th October 2018 titled: “From Wan Jamila’s Heart” (“Dari Lubuk Hati Wan Jamila”)

 

    

  

MEDIA COVERAGE (TELEVISION BROADCAST):

She was broadcast through television stations to draw live at the following stations:

 

26 March 2017 in TV9 “Nasi Lemak Kopi O “ (Painting: Three Ladies Series 5A)

11 July 2017 in TV1 , “Selamat Pagi Malaysia“ (Painting: Unity In Diversity Series 1_ Malaysian Flag)

4 September 2017 in MQTV60 (Indonesia TV station) TRAVELOGY – KEMBARA KRAFT SELANGOR 2017 – PART 1

8 January 2018 in TV3 “Malaysia Hari Ini” (A documentary by TV3)

“It spoke of Jamila only being a teenager of 14 has managed up till now as a rising artist. She holds an abundance of promising talent embedded in her, as her paintings catch the eyes of well known art collectors. Art Jamila’s journey expands quick, bringing the name of the country to the world.”

7 April 2018 in TV3, “Borak Kopitiam “ Live Painting of Cats in Baskets in TV studio, live painting titled Unity in Diversity Series 1 at The Ledge Gallery 1 Utama Kuala Lumpur and live sketches of mural painting (9′ width x 6′ height) titled Mermaid Series 1”

16 September 2018 in TV1, “Selamat Pagi Malaysia” for Malaysia Day Celebration titled “Patriotism Through Art”

20 October 2018 in METRO TV, titled ‘From Wan Jamila’s Heart (“Dari Lubuk Hati Wan Jamila”)

MEDIA COVERAGE (WEBSITE):

Blog article entitled “Kembara Kraft Selangor 2017

PUBLICATIONS (FEATURED IN MAGAZINES):

She was featured in several magazines like:

 

Gaya Travel (2017), “Selangor’s Passion Expressed Through Crafts From The Heart”.

 

Iris (January 2018), “Young Artist With Big Talent”.

 

“Dewan Siswa” (DBP) April 2018,“Young Autistic Girl_A Shining Star In The Sky”.

 

STAR Media Group_Kuntum. (April 2018), “The Magical Touch Of Jamila”.

       

PUBLICATION 1:

“My Journey with Artjamila (Part 1)” has been published and is available online at the following:

www.amazon.com
www.barnesandnoble.com

The links are:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/My-Journey-Artjamila-Part-Nonverbal/dp/1543746489/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543716287&sr=1-1&keywords=My+Journey+with+artjamila+%28Part+1%29

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-journey-with-artjamila-noorhashimah-noordin/1129948536?ean=9781543746488

 

Hard copy is available at Artjamila Gallery.

  • Please Whatsapp to 0193152662 (Ar. Noorhashimah – Art Manager) or
  • email to artjamila2002@gmail.com

 

The book will be exhibited at the following International Book Fair:

(a) 2019 London Book Fair, London, UK (March 12-14, 2019)

(b) 2019 Book Expo America, New York, NY (May 29- June 02, 2019)

(c) 2019 Beijing International Book Fair, Beijing, China (Aug 21-25, 2019)

(d) 2019 Frankfurt International Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany (Oct 16-20, 2019)

(e) 2019 Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah, UAE (Nov 6-16, 2019)

(f) 2019 Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico (Nov 30 – Dec 8, 2019)

 

 

 

PUBLICATION 2:

Childrens Story Book titled: “In Harmony Together: Harmony in the Eyes of an Autistic Child”, will be published soon.

Writer: Jemima Shaiful (Jamila’s younger sister)

 

Illustrator: Jamila (artjamila)

 

  

SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS:

1.Sharing for a good course_”Awareness for Autism” through participation in societies & associations for public seminars and forums:

(a)  Empowering AUTISM: Understand, Accept & Love” on 27 May 2017 and 11th November 2017 at Manipal Hospital, Klang,

Selangor, Malaysia.

(b) “Art as Therapy” on 26th April 2018 at Securities Commission Malaysia.

(c )“Humanistic Pedagogy (Journey of Life)” on 19 August 2017 organised by Montessori Association of Malaysia.

(d) “My Journey with Artjamila” on 24th March 2018 organised by “Persatuan Wanita Inspirasi Negara” at KL Journal Hotel.

(e) “My Journey with Artjamila” on 12th July 2018 at Luminance Art for Autism Exhibition organised  by Faculty of Art and Design,

UiTM Puncak Alam, Selangor.

(f) “My Journey With Artjamila” on 8th August 2017 at SMK Danau Kota, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.

2.Charity Exhibitions and Luncheon:

(a) Contributed percentage of sales to NGO’s like “The National Autism Malaysia” and many others.

ORIGINAL PAINTINGS SOLD:

She has sold 58 original paintings from March 2017 to September 2018.

(a) 12 of the original paintings sold above, were sold to a corporate customer for their corporate calender  and corporate gifts 2018.

(b) 3 of her original paintings above were sold to a 5 star international hotel.

(c ) She painted a 9ft (W) x 6ft (H) mural painting at SMK Seksyen 9, Shah Alam, Selangor.

(d) Most of her paintings were sold to corporate and Individual Art Collectors.

Interpretation Of Jamila’s Artwork

Jamila’s drawings are a collection of her memories in terms of her emotions, her passions, and events.  She has created a unique masterpiece of her memories in a form of collaged events. In a way, Jamila is telling us that life is all about making memories. Today’s little moments become tomorrow’s precious memories.

Her drawings can be divided into three major categories:

  • Happiness
    • Feeling Happy

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  • Sadness
    • Feeling Sad

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  • Calm
    • A portrait that resembles Jamila’s character (Grace)

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  • Restless
    • Feeling restless at school and wishing for her mother to take her home when was 8.

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  • Travelling
    • This drawing shows Jamila’s desire to travel with Malaysian Airlines.

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  • Beauty
    • Jamila likes princess.
    • Beauty is Jamila’s passion. Her drawings was inspired by women with long hair like Rapunzel from Disney.

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  • Cooking and baking
    • Pots and teacups represent Jamila’s passion for cooking.

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  • Fashion and modelling
    • When Jamila is happy, she is most likely to draw random fashion designs.
    • This drawing reflects Jamila’s interest in fashion and modelling.

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  • Dancing
    • Jamila likes to draw dancers.

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  • Flowers
    • Jamila likes to draw flowers from her garden.

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Travelling and having weekend outings with her mother and younger sister (Three Ladies)

  • Jamila loves travelling. Most of her travels during her childhood are with her mother and her younger sister. “THREE LADIES” was inspired by those memories.

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  • Dance concert at primary school
    • Jamila documents her precious memories on the dances in the school concert at the age of 8 years old.

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  • Multiracial people at the primary school

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  • Group photo during group tour
    • Jamila’s interpretation of group photos taken during her travels.

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  • Visits to aquarium
    • An abstract piece of Jamila’s memories during her visit to an aquarium.

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  • Yearly class party at primary school
    • Jamila documents her precious memories on the yearly school class party at the age of 8 years old.

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  • Schoolmates
    • Jamila’s schoolmates in her eyes.

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  • Family Activities
    • Jamila’s memories of family activities.

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