Kiyamia Designs had it’s beginnings in 2008 when Sohan decided to take her creative skills back to the web. The name Kiyamia comes from a video game username Sohan used for a number of years and realizing that it was not a common choice, it worked well as a unique moniker on the web. The name comes from a combination of an Egyptian name Kiya and Sohan’s given name Mia. According to Wikipedia:
Kiya was one of the wives of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. Little is known about her, and her actions and roles are poorly documented in the historical record, in contrast to those of Akhenaten’s first (and chief) royal wife, Nefertiti. Her unusual name suggests that she may originally have been a Mitanni princess. Surviving evidence demonstrates that Kiya was an important figure at Akhenaten’s court during the middle years of his reign, when she bore him a daughter.
Sohan’s background in design goes back to the mid 1990s when she took it upon herself to help family and friends with small designs for businesses. She also received her first paid design in those days, the payment, an ice cream sundae. Well, the design was for an ice cream cafe.
Always an avid artist Sohan pursued a BFA in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History at the Art Insititute of Boston at Lesley University. Graduating in 2006 Sohan went on to pursue other projects, returning back to design and the web in 2008. With training in HTML and CSS she likes to work with the WordPress platform to provide functional and easy to maintain websites for clients.
As a true creative Sohan has continued to pursue her tactile passions for painting and calligraphy, creating a beautiful array of projects that you can glimpse in the portfolio. You’ll find watercolor, egg tempera, acrylic and oil paintings with digital pieces and flowering calligraphy. With years of experience in graphic design, drawing, painting, illustration and calligraphy there’s potential to create something fun and functional for all projects.
In addition to creative projects, Sohan also maintains the Living Light Blog at www.shinerightnow.com. She blogs about Kundalini Yoga and Reiki and shares free videos of Kundalini Yoga sets and meditations and using Reiki as a healing tool. as a multi-passionate healer, she also teaches Reiki and Kundalini Yoga in Austin, TX.