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Each of these butterflies began from observations of Emirati women going about their everyday tasks.

Although the are fully covered in black abaya with a niqab or hijab, sometimes as a casual observer I could catch a glimpse of beauty escaping the cover: a hem of delicate fabric, a shine of an elaborate shoe or extraordinary shades of colour on their eyelids.

The fact that these signs of hidden beauty were unintentionally
revealed was more stimulating than any attractiveness that was free to see from a simple glance. It made me wonder about the women beneath the black material; what are their dreams, ambitions and colours that are hidden from me?

This sketchbook was provided by the Cultural Office of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum at 2014’s Art Dubai event.


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Hey there!

I thought that it would be nice to update you on the progress of my work. I was luckily able to enjoy my studio time in some decent doses this week and I am working on two new UAE butterflies. I have just finished applying washes of watercolour and ink. This weekend I am going to add patterns on them. I hope to finish them by Sunday, so wish me luck!


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We had such a nice afternoon of creative work together (more…)

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Original sketch in pen 18×12 cm    Print – Screen print on crème card

This is one of the sketches that I have made for Sketchbook Project. One day I took my sketchbook to school, well to be honest it is always with me but this this time it laid on my desk open, and my technician was very fond of my drawings. He suggested that it would look nice changed into screen print so I had exposed one and had a go with it. Generally I am pleased with the result although edges are a bit too dark for my liking. I think I may turn it into a postcards or something.

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