Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

This evening I am incredibly excited, because tonight at the 2nd Annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival I was awarded First Place in the Art category!

The two pieces selected by the Foundation for their Festival were from my Notice Me series, which I have been working on since moving to the UAE in September 2013.

It began with my observations of Emirati woman going about their everyday tasks. Although they are fully covered in a black abaya with a hijab or niqab, sometimes as a casual observer I could catch a glimpse of beauty escaping the abaya: 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 on the inside of the black material; what are their dreams, ambitions and colours that are hidden from us.

I would like to thank the Al Qasimi Foundation and also my amazing husband for all his constant support.

I'm so excited, I can't believe it!Notice Me 5Notice Me 6


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Today I am very excited because two of my pieces will be exhibited at the 2nd annual Ras al Khaimah Fine Art Festival!

The Festival is part of the Al Qasimi Foundation’s efforts to make tangible contributions to the cultural development of both Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE, and this year it features over forty artists across film, photography and fine art. It also will showcase work by some of the students at RAK Academy, where I teach art.

The premiere of the exhibition will be a black tie event at the very posh Banyan Tree Al Wadi hotel, which I’m super-excited for, and the festival itself runs for four days. A little bird has said to me that there will be cocktails and caviar, and the thought of Simon in a tuxedo is very nice too!

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It was a busy weekend and, frankly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to manage to finish my two pieces mentioned in my last post, as I was feeling under the weather. Fortunately my lovely Simon, bless him, has been nursing me to good effect and I managed to complete one of them.

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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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Barbie Princess Dress

My friend’s daughter just had a birthday. As we are both dedicated crafters, Linda asked my to create something instead buying toys. Lately I do saw a lot for pleasure and we have decided that princess dress for one of her Barbies would be a nice gift. (more…)

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Ok, as I promised here it is – Puck crown. I have lots of fun while preparing it. You should see me going around school grounds and collecting branches. Level of attention – extra high; expression on pupils’ faces – priceless. I am honest; I know they think I got bunkers.

Tam, Tam, Tam…. Here it is, one and only.

And how I made it?

I started with creating an ivy wreath (what a difficult word by the way wreath is, impossible to remember). Then I add some twigs with buds (all connected with garden wire). Another ivy circle to make it stable and some stems on side. Finally I sprayed it gold and add some odd beads. Simple .

So as I am an expert of woodland headgears and appeal to all mighty druids, weird creatures, kings of forests and so on, if you need new and trendy wood- mythological stuff – you know where to find me.

Hej, hej, o straszliwi królowie lasów, mądrzy druidzi, zaczarowane elfiątka i inne stwory różnej maści – jeśli trzeba wam leśnych koron już wiecie gdzie nas znaleść.

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