Jumshed Qaisar paintings at Mussawir Art Gallery

May 28, 2014

A little while back, I stopped by at Mussawir gallery and I couldn’t help but be completely drawn into Jumshed Qaisar’s amazing Islamic calligraphy pieces. Born in Lahore, Qaisar is a renowned artist specializing in his unique interpretation of Arab calligraphy. As well as all over Pakistan, his work has been exhibited in countries such as Russia, Kuwait, Moscow and UK. What I really loved about his pieces is how they are spiritually inspired yet still very beautiful, aesthetically. I like how he incorporates the lettering in a very unconventional way. Traditionally, calligraphy is created in a linear way from […]

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The Big Picture Opening Night

May 20, 2014

So imagine that you are in an art gallery featuring an array of local UAE artists. You’re nibbling on canapes as you chat with your arty friends. Everything is pretty laid back and chilled out and you’re enjoying looking at all the impressive artwork. You turn to your left and BOOM! A Dali. An ORIGINAL, honest-to-goodness Salvador Dali which is so close you can just reach out and touch it! No need to go all the way to Barcelona to have this experience; it happened right here in Pro Art Gallery, Jumeirah on the opening night of The Big Picture […]

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Chanel Cruise Show Illustrations

May 19, 2014

Just incase you have been living under a rock and hadn’t heard – the Chanel Cruise Fall show took place in Dubai recently. It was held on an exclusive luxurious island just off the coast which was made JUST for the occasion. If my tone appears to read tinged with an ever-so-slight tone of bitterness, it’s because I AM still rather sore I did not attend. (super exclusive invite only!) :’( (sniff) Oh well! I’m over it!! All is fair in love and fashion Now that I’ve got my emotional trauma behind me (!) Let’s talk about the collection … […]

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Tahir Sultan salon show at the Cartel

May 15, 2014

I must admit that when I shop for clothes, comfort is very low on my list of priorities! It’s just that word – “comfort.” It often has a very unglamorous connotation that doesn’t quite appeal to me and I just end up thinking of hoodies and clumpy shoes. Tahir Sultan’s brand new collection, however, is a game changer and proves that comfort and style CAN go hand in hand successfully! The Kuwaiti designer collaborated with urban conceptual boutique The Cartel on the 7th of May to showcase his collection for pre order. Before making a final decision on their orders, […]

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Abu Dhabi Book Fair

May 14, 2014

I was certainly a busy bee from the 30th to the 5th of May! This year, I had participated in the Abu Dhabi Book Fair to promote my work as a children’s book illustrator. I was also looking for potential publishers for my latest book project. (hint hint) I was really impressed by how huge and well organised the fair was. The illustrator’s corner was situated RIGHT next to publishers so it was perfect for my ongoing pursuit! The fair is not just for sitting still in the corner in silent bookworm mode, though! Infact, it was actually quite interactive […]

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Alright Mr Demille, I’m ready for my close up.

May 7, 2014

I’d just like to say that in terms of being camera shy … I was awkward wayyy before Kirsten Stewart made it cool. I know you may be skeptical as it may not seem that way with the abundance of photos I take!! It’s different when taking a photo with a camera – I’m totally cool with that! Basically – when in doubt, the secret is to adopt a “Liz Hurley Stance”. You know the drill – your weight on one leg, which comes forward. Hand on hip. Coy, close lipped smile and bada bing, bada boom!!! You just can’t […]

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