Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sofia Bonati is a self-taught illustrator currently living in UK. She creates delicate female portraits combined with textures and patterns. There's always something imaginative and mysterious in her works, and when you look at them the first thing that caughts your attention is the deep and thoughtful look of the women.
Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.