‘One Song’ – a Poem by Jalaluddin Rumi

“What is praised is one, so the praise is one too, many jugs being poured into a huge basin. All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. Sunlight looks slightly different on this wall … Continue reading

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Islamic Art Spring / Summer Saturday Courses in Windsor

I am very pleased to announce my new Islamic art courses for Spring / Summer 2017! As well as the popular courses on geometry and floral patterns in Islamic manuscript illumination, I have added a brand new course on Mughal patterns, where we … Continue reading

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New Course in Ottoman Design and Illumination

If you would like to learn how to make an illuminated tile design like this, come join us on my Ottoman Design and Illumination Course with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. Dates: 13th-17th Feb 2017 Times: 10.30am-5.30pm Venue: Al … Continue reading

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Dome of the Rock / Al Aqsa Mosque

My most recent commission, completed last month. I loved exploring each intricate little pattern, interpreting the design into a miniature / illuminated painting. Very challenging at times, but definitely worth the effort. I loved combining my knowledge of manuscript illumination … Continue reading

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Hilye

For just over a year now, I have been working on my first illuminated hilye. A hilye is a traditional Ottoman calligraphic composition that includes Qur’anic verses and a description of the physical and moral characteristics of Prophet Muhammad (peace … Continue reading

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Student’s Work from the PSTA Autumn 2010 Course in Islamic Manuscript Illumination

Student’s work from the Islamic manuscript illumination course at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. Last Saturday marked the final session of a 4-day course that I taught in Islamic manuscript illumination at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. Due to … Continue reading

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Student’s Work from the PSTA Summer School 2010 Course in Islamic Manuscript Illumination

Dear blog readers, I would like to share some of my student’s fantastic work from the course that I taught last week: a one-week summer school workshop in Islamic manuscript illumination held at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in … Continue reading

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A Crash Course in Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Classical Technique

  Flower Basmalah (2007) by Ayesha Gamiet When I was a little girl, I remember flicking through art history books and viewing pictures related to Islamic art: intricate stucco carvings and mosaic work, vibrant embroidered textiles beside jewel-like miniature paintings, … Continue reading

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Adventures in the world of children’s book illustration

They Fluttered Like Two Butterflies by Ayesha Gamiet (2009) Although it has been a long-cherished dream of mine to write and illustrate children’s books, I’ve only recently embarked upon this wonderful and fantastic path. Last year, I took a series … Continue reading

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