Fashion illustration workshop at The Archive

January 17, 2014

If there’s anything I have noticed about teachers, it’s that there are generally two types. There’s the bitter ones who have had big career dreams in the past but failed and so they ended UP teaching, much to their dismay. As a result, they’re disillusioned and don’t hesitate take it out on their students. These are the ones who are skeptical, negative and revel in giving you a good hard daily dose of their (not so) delightful “realistic advice.” On the flip side of the coin, there are the teachers who genuinely love to teach and let you in on […]

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Humphrey the Hippo

December 30, 2013

One trait that everyone always notices about me is that I am very imaginative. I always have a habit of envisioning bizarre humourous scenarios in my head and then when telling a story, I laugh much harder than anyone else in the group …followed by several minutes trying to explain why it’s so funny, followed by quizzical looks and an awkward silence and sparse hesitant chuckles. You just had to be there. In my head. This is why the art of storytelling appeals to me so much. I can finally put my imagination to good USE. I’ve always had a […]

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‘Twas the night before Christmas …

December 24, 2013

Even though I’ve been raised a Muslim, I still love celebrating all festive holidays and there’s something about Christmas in particular that is so enchanting. Don’t get me wrong, Eid is nice too – but we don’t have nearly as many sparkly looking props as you guys do !!! I adore christmas lights, gift wrap, gingerbread, glitter, hot chocolate, shop window displays … yep… the WORKS! Everything but the miserable winter weather .. I draw the line at grey skies and snow …no need to be THAT authentic! Therefore, I appreciate Christmas even MORE as a spectator from the sunshine […]

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The Middle East Emergent Artist Prize

December 22, 2013

Last Wednesday I felt very Holly Gollightly except instead of having breakfast at Tiffany’s, I had breakfast at Van Cleef and Arpels. (Close enough!) The world-famous luxury French jewellery house had an important announcement to make. They were to unveil the much awaited theme of the Middle East Emergent Artist Prize that day. A handful of journalists, bloggers and people from the media industry were invited for an exclusive press conference at the jewellery boutique in Dubai Mall that morning. In the sparkling warm glow of Van Cleef and Arpels, we all waited eagerly for the hot new news and […]

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Khaleda Rajab, Fahad Almarzouq and Linda Farrow collaboration

December 16, 2013

Now, don’t get me wrong … I like elegance! I like it just as much as the next person BUT do you ever feel this constant regurgitated idea of presenting yourself elegantly can have a tendency to get a little … Unimaginative? Uninspired? Or worse…downright predictable? The same Audrey-esque LBD , the same string of pearls, the same subtle accessories? I’ve recently been feeling a restless quench for something new and creative. Something fresh and innovative. Something that makes a statement. Something like THESE … Now that’s unexpected!!!! If you are looking for statement sunnies that make you stand out […]

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Fashion Illustrator Hatty Pedder

December 13, 2013

Ok, I have to confess … I have a crush. An “art crush” that is, on Dubai based illustrator Hatty Pedder. British born Hatty had studied in the UK at Central St Martins in London. She has exhibited her illustrations in numerous international locations such as Frankfurt and Mumbai, as well as working on a myriad of illustrated projects and commissions in Dubai as well. When I first came across her illustrated column “Caricouture” in Time Out magazine, the first thing that struck me most about her work was her amazing confidence in lines. A sense of chic simplicity is […]

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