Zaan Claassens was born in South Africa in 1970. As a child she moved from Pietermaritzburg to Pretoria to Rustenburg to Jeffries Bay to Stellenbosch to Harare, finally settling in Cape Town. Zaan spent my last year of school in Oxford, Ohio as an exchange student and then returned to Stellenbosch, where she completed a BA Degree in Graphic Design. For the next decade, Zaan lived in Northern Alberta, followed by two years on the Island of Saipan. She then returned to South Africa via Ireland, and a few more years in Canada. She currently spends her time between South Africa and Canada.