A little update on the incredible work produced by my students over the summer in my Islamic art workshops. We held classes in Islamic manuscript illumination (or tezhib / tezhip, as it is known in Arabic and Turkish), geometry, and Islamic floral design / silk scarf painting. Classes took place at my beautiful new studio in Windsor, Berkshire, UK! We had students travelling from as far afield as Mexico City, the US, and Dubai, as well as London, Manchester, Derby, Reading, Slough, and Woking. What a talented and dedicated bunch! The next run of courses start on Saturday, 10th October 2015. We will be exploring geometry in illuminated Islamic manuscripts, recreating beautiful frontispieces by constructing patterns with a ruler and compass. Students will also learn how to make their own paints from pigment, and genuine gold leaf (shell gold).
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In the meantime, here are some images from my Summer 2015 Islamic art workshops:
Finally, here is a beautiful clip of the work of Margarita Puente, who travelled all the way from Mexico city to learn about Islamic art! In the clip, Margarita is burnishing shell gold for the first time – a truly magical experience!
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