10.3.18

culture capital

'culture' themed illustration for dct abu dhabi . 2018

here's an illustration i worked on for abu dhabi's department of culture and tourism. i was invited by the dct team to work on a series of illustrations that highlighted the cultural scene in the uae's capital; from the recently opened louvre abu dhabi to the capital's first cultural center – qasr al hosn, as well as the city's various musical activities and traditional crafts.
the end result is a collage of illustrations presenting the vibrant cultural scene in abu dhabi. i'm not sure what the final illustration will be used for, but i do hope dct enjoy it as much as i did making it.

4.2.18

from barcelona to abu dhabi

'from barcelona to abu dhabi' invite . 2018

'emirian' displayed at 'from barcelona to abu dhabi' . 2018 (image courtesy of admaf)

'emirian' displayed at 'from barcelona to abu dhabi' . 2018 (image courtesy of admaf)

i'm truly honoured to be part of the exhibition 'from barcelona to abu dhabi: works from the barcelona museum of contemporary art (macba) in dialogue with the emirates', which officially opened yesterday. organised by the abu dhabi music and arts foundation (admaf), the exhibition is part of the abu dhabi festival programme, showcasing works from the macba collection alongside works by 20 emirati artists, including myself.
selected for the show was my artwork titled 'emirian', originally commissioned by uae unlimited and exhibited at the maraya art centre in 2016. check out my previous post here with details on the artwork when it was first exhibited.
i'm so humbled to be part of an exhibition that showcases works from the macba's collection spanning over ninety years, as well as exhibiting alongside many of the uae's prominent, established artists from different generations. i really wish i was there to see it all in person. a huge thank you goes out to the admaf team, and curator nasser abdullah for reaching out and working on showing my piece in my absence. really appreciate all the effort put into having me be part of the show.
for full details on the exhibition and programming, head here. 'from barcelona to abu dhabi' runs until 17 march 2018, so make sure to head to manarat al saadiyat to check it out.

20.1.18

the whole nine yards

'the whole nine yards' exhibition poster . 2018

'the whole nine yards' textile graduate biennial show . 2018

'captain emirates' 1 . 2017

'captain emirates' 2 & 3 . 2017

'captain emirates' 1 . 2017

'captain emirates' 2 & 3 . 2017

my first post of 2018! belated new year wishes to all the krossbreed lovers. hope everyone's having a good start to the year so far. i'm back in providence for my final semester at risd. i still can't believe that it'll all be over in five months. but until then, there's loads to do. as always, will be sharing updates and projects, both in and out of risd.
the 2018 edition of the textiles graduate biennial show opened yesterday at the sol koffler graduate student gallery. titled 'the whole nine yards', the exhibition showcases works from both the first and second year textile grad students. there's lots to see, both finished pieces and process works, giving a little glimpse into what happens in our studios.
selected works for the exhibition include my final collection from last semester. titled 'captain emirates' (hah!), the collection takes inspiration from various male archetypes , as well as male representations in the uae from over the years. for more details on the project, check out my previous post here.
thank you to everyone that came down to yesterday's opening. it was great seeing a busy gallery space and hearing feedback about everyone's works. i'm really glad that people are responding positively towards my work. gives me comfort that i'm on the right track towards my final thesis project.
if you missed last night's opening, and are based in providence, the exhibition runs until 18 feb 2018. the sol koffler gallery is opened daily from 12 - 8 pm. more details are on the exhibition poster above (which i designed myself. the graphic is an ode to one of my favourite films, mary poppins, as well as the various rejected yet humorous show titles that didn't make it).

20.12.17

end of fall '17

fall semester inspiration board (detail) . 2017

midterm presentation . 2017

end of semester final presentation . 2017 (image courtesy of mays albeik)

end of semester final presentation . 2017 (image courtesy of mays albeik)

end of semester final presentation . 2017 (image courtesy of mays albeik)

end of semester final presentation . 2017 (image courtesy of mays albeik)

end of semester final presentation . 2017 (image courtesy of mays albeik)


another semester done, and only a semester away before i graduate! it's so crazy how time flies. this semester was definitely a whirlwind filled with mixed emotions and a lot of frustrations. but i'm glad my textile peers and i managed to survive through it all and have a good semester in terms of the work we produced.
my main textile project for fall was working on a collection of 'wearable' pieces inspired by male representations in the uae from over the years. researching various motifs, objects and symbols from the uae's past, as well as recent social/political developments that have created new representations of patriotism and nationalistic pride, i created a collection of textiles that combine various male archetypes as well as creating homegrown 'superheroes'. some archetypes presented include the leader, the soldier, the comedian, the urban patriot, the chameleon – and when one wears these particular fabrics, they embody these heroic archetypes. 
for a semester's work, i think i ended up in a really good place to take this project further into my thesis in the spring semester. i really enjoyed experimenting on what were initally plain fabrics, bringing them to life with printing exciting patterns and symbols. stay tuned to see where this project goes and evolves during my final semester at risd (gulp!). 

2.12.17

have a cup of karak for uae national day

karak house for uae national day . 2017

karak house for uae national day pattern design . 2017

karak house uae national day limited edition cups (image courtesy of karak house) . 2017

karak house uae national day limited edition cups (image courtesy of karak house) . 2017

karak house uae national day limited edition cups (image courtesy of karak house) . 2017

karak house uae national day limited edition cups (image courtesy of karak house) . 2017

happy national day to the united arab emirates. the uae turns 46 today, and i wish i was back home to be around the festivities. i'm sending lots of patriotic love all the way from providence.
here's a little post sharing my contribution to mark the occasion. i was approached by dubai based restaurant/cafe karak house, to create an illustration for uae national day. the final illustrated pattern is being used as a limited edition wraparound design on their paper cups for serving 'karak' tea.
i'm really happy with how the cups turned out. it looks super festive, cool, and comes in two color options to add a little variety for consumers to choose from. make sure to head to karak house and order a cup of chai karak, and you'll get to keep (don't throw them away!) your very own limited edition cups. 
a big thank you goes out to the karak house team for reaching out to work together. i'm so happy with the final result. here's to possible collaborations in the near future.
lastly, i dedicate this post to the uae – i'm proud of being from the emirates, and to call you my home. may you grow and prosper always...

17.11.17

are you local?

are you local? . 2017
are you local? at weltformat dxb, dubai design week (image courtesty of mobius design studio) . 2017
weltformat dxb exhibition poster (designed by mobius design studio) . 2017



it's dubai design week and i'm happy to be a part of it in some small way, even though i'm all the way at risd. my dear friends at mobius design studio have worked on another edition of design house, this year being an exhibition of poster designs by creatives from the mena region. titled 'weltformat dxb', the exhibition is in collaboration with tashkeel, weltformat, engy aly, and pro-helvetia cairo.
the weltformat dxb show is comprised of 2 exhibitions – one of poster designs from lucerne, switzerland, and a second showcase of poster designs from the middle east and north africa (which i'm a part of). poster designs are in response to the theme of 'delusions and errors', presenting designers' explorations of embracing imperfections of various processes, malfunctions, and the unpredictability of different methodologies of working. 
my poster design is titled 'are you local?'. here is a brief description – there are standard notions of what it means to be from the united arab emirates. over the years, new social/political developments within the country have created new representations of nationalistic pride and patriotism, especially within the roles placed on gender. as someone who is from the emirates, i sometimes feel a disconnect towards certain representations of showcasing national pride. however, that doesn’t in any way make me less patriotic. i’m curious as to whether there can be other representations of what it means to be from the emirates, without conforming to cultural norms.
to those currently in dubai, i highly recommend you check out the show because it looks great. the exhibition runs from the 13th - 18th november 2017, at dubai design district (d3). also make sure to head to tashkeel to check out more posters which are being exhibited in their gallery space, as well as sign up for their really cool poster themed workshops. for more information head here.

31.10.17

halloween 2017

happy halloween . 2017

taking a mental break from school assignments to work on a quick halloween illustration. 
it's that time of year again! i didn't really partake in any halloween festivities over the weekend, because i believe halloween should be celebrated on the actual day. i unfortunately have classes on halloween, but if i have energy, might step out and celebrate.
wishing everyone a happy halloween. be safe and hope everyone's having a spooky time! & i hope you like the illustration...