My name is Ayesha Gamiet and I am an artist, illustrator and art educator, living and working in the South East of England. My work is inspired by traditional arts of the world and the beauty of nature. In 2018, I was awarded an ijaza (traditional apprenticeship) in Islamic manuscript illumination under Master illuminators Ayten Tiryaki and Çiçek Derman in Istanbul. I have a BA in African and Asian Art History and Archaeology from the University of London, and a Master’s Degree in Traditional and Islamic Arts. In 2014, I completed a second Master’s Degree in Education (with a focus on Art, Creativity and Culture in Education) at the University of Cambridge.
In 2018, I was commissioned by the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, to produce illuminated frontispieces for four volumes of poetry. One of these volumes was gifted to HM Queen Elizabeth II, and one to HRH Prince Charles. My work is also in the Royal Library collection at Windsor Castle.
My teaching experience includes training PGCE art and design teachers at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; teaching at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace; and teaching on the Prince’s School’s educational programmes in London, Cairo, Jeddah, Doha, and Abu Dhabi. I have exhibited within the UK and internationally. My travels and experiences in the rich world of Islamic art continue to inspire and inform my work.
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