Author of "Islamic Art & Architecture: Memories of Seljuk & Ottoman Masterpieces"
All work & photos are mine
Posted at: 2019-05-02 01:21:08
This project has been coming together since December thanks to a curious conversation with @sonia_sacd. I have been working on these architectural drawings for more than a year... For a long time I didn't know what would become of them. But I knew there were some contemporary issues I wanted to some how address. The octopus and its animalium class family members have proven to be an interesting conduit for this discussion of Muslim cultural expectations, my feminist sentiments and how I feel as a convert from a "western" background to an "Eastern" religion. I have spent 12 years straddling this strange bridge between the two sometimes as an observor, sometimes a translator but rarely as a worshipper. Please share your thoughts below!
Posted at: 2019-04-02 07:46:03
This project seems to never end... In a good way of course. More drawings of plaster carvings will à slippery creature that will make an appearance throughoit the project 🙂🐙🐙
Posted at: 2019-03-27 07:16:31
The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar is currently exhibition the treasures and history of Syria in the Syria Matters exhibition. As a part of the exhibition I was invited by the education department to teach the public about the Damascene style. This is what the student's were able to produce, and it is fantastic! True to the Damascene style each tile has its own quirks and strokes, but together it forms a quintessential tile panel akin to those inside mosques, madrasa, libraries and the richest of homes during the 16th century under Ottoman rule. Thanks to all the students who participated it made the week special.
Posted at: 2019-03-22 08:37:58
So much gratitude for those creative souls who took a chance on me this past week. Many students who joined my follow on course hadn't had me as an instructor before and for that trust you had in me I am thankful (and surprised!!). Your plates turned out wonderfully and hope you can make a wonderful place for them in your homes/studios etc. Special thanks to @azizaesque@artamnah@noorqussini@artandcultureqatar for the help advertising, shuffling me around and your patience :) excited for the next step!
Posted at: 2019-03-17 08:36:09
So this week and last week are incredibly busy with barely a chance to update and show what we have been doing. Last week's class was wonderful and our Damascene tiles will be glazed this week. @hobbyhouseqatar we had a lovely bunch of students with great snacks and a great host. This week I have started the Damascus plates course with students that have classes with before. We are currently testing techniques on tiles readying ourselves for tomorrow's plates. This evening I will begin a 3 day short course @vcuqatar can't wait to meet my students and hope to see you all there.
Posted at: 2019-03-07 07:31:54
Another class to announce! We will learn how to draw all the flower and motifs in the Turkish tradition as well as a little composition work! Register with the link below or in my bio! https://www.qatar.vcu.edu/36-drawing-islamic-biomorphic-motifs
Posted at: 2019-02-27 00:36:25
Good morning everyone! We are announcing our summer study in Istanbul. We will have a day trip to Edirne to see some wonderful Iznik examples as well the history if Islamic Art throughout many different monuments. There will also be a Konya extension trip if you choose. All materials, museum entrances and course fees are included in your course fee. DM me or email me for more info. This isn't your regular study trip, lots of surprises hidden inside 1 week!
Posted at: 2019-02-17 14:59:03
A wonderful memory during my graduation from @theprincesfoundation in 2016. I recently found out some of my artworks can be found on Google arts and culture! The vase I have shared in the next picture was a real labour of love. I learned many things alongside my teacher in trying to make a piece that respected the tradition but was new, innovative and my own composition. My lovely family was by my side for it all. They are pictured in the background. My grandmother joined also, she was born during WW2 in Surrey, England and left as an immigrant with her mother to join her father in Canada who had served in the Canadian military during the war. On her 60th birthday she met HRH Prince Charles and it happened to be the first time she had returned since immigrating to Canada in the late 40's. Talk about bringing things full circle eh?!
Posted at: 2019-02-10 10:41:14
The long awaited for follow on Iznik plate course. We will create plates using the Damascene style. You will learn motif construction, the traditional outline technique as well as colour glazing. At the end of the course you will have a finished, glazed plate to take home. Hope to see you there! Registration is limited. Please message me for questions and registration!
Posted at: 2019-01-29 06:51:02
***Disclaimer... I am not pregnant... Read below**Sometimes things break! Working in and with ceramics for over 20 years has definately taught me many things. When making a piece there 6000 things that can go wrong from the beginning of the process to the end. But usually the one that we don't even think of happens. Like pregnancy... Its amazing that anything comes out in one piece with all the possible outcomes. That being said, ceramics has taught me to trust the process and whatever will be will be and whatever won't, wasn't meant for you any ways. What happened to this tile you ask? In my luggage, well wrapped after using it as a class example for 3 years the corner was busted in transit. The tile behind is in one piece some how! Mektub, naseeb, however you look at it, this tile is now retired.
Posted at: 2019-01-25 15:48:23
One of the things that has become the most important to me artistically is calling back to the traditions that I try to preserve and reinvent so they can be apart of future generations. I know many traditional artists and educators feel the same. End source of questions, inspiration and motivation await when you find that corner, niche that has been lit for you. There is one for everyone, I believe. This is mine.
Posted at: 2018-12-18 07:00:49
I put these pieces down for 4 months and now they make sense... Now they are working and fit with what I think about ancestral memory and culture. Sometimes letting things sit is better than pushing through the brick wall.. Sometimes it not... Here's to the wisdom to trying to figure out which is needed more