to create a thing to wear

on the back of their heads, patterns from special friends

on the back of their heads, patterns from special friends

Two days ago I needed a neckpiece to revive an old dress. So I made this. Alas, I decided not to wear the dress. I will, however, wear this one day. And it has inspired me to follow a new and exciting path. Read More

girls explore } apples off heads

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william tell had a sister. and his sister had a daughter

william tell had a sister. and his sister had a daughter

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in a new sketchbook five drawings about something obvious

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I think these five tell a story with a beginning, middle and end.

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eves explore almond kulture

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If you are in or around the pasadena area in california, you might want to check out my friend bianca's yummy milks and edibles at almond kulture

If you are in or around the pasadena area in california, you might want to check out my friend bianca’s yummy milks and edibles at almond kulture

I finally got my long-awaited package from Bianca: a care pack from a dear friend. Thank you, B. You have made me very happy, appeasing my hunger for mail and my passion for food.

For the past few month, my friend Bianca Simonian’s Almond Kulture was a mere Instagram/Facebook celebrity I adored from afar. I had no idea what it smelled, felt or tasted like. And now it’s here in my home.

Fall in love with Almond Kulture on Instagram or Facebook. Enjoy! Read More

three sketches about sisters and one about a leg-in-a-bag

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Not dedicated to, but for my sister Yasmine, whose birthday is today. Read More

pretty green bullet in canvas

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Hooray! The new issue of Canvas Magazine is out! I’m very excited because my interview by Anna Wallace-Thompson is in it. There has been a tiny handful of journalists whose interviews with me I’ve read and not made me cringe and go: who the fuck is this they’ve written about? I’m happy to say that Anna is now a member of that small coterie of writers who actually got me. You can see it here: 10.4_PROFILE_GHADA ALKANDARIRead More

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watercolor sketchbook } striped soup

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a bit of color and pattern in the morning is soup for the fasting soul

a bit of color and pattern in the morning is soup for the fasting soul

This is actually a new watercolor sketchbook I just bought from Green & Stone’s in London. The reason I’ve started yet a new one is that the one I was previously painting in is still at the Mathaf Museum in Doha. What could I do, I had the urge to do some watercoloring last night and this morning.

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girls explore } the old monkey

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eve honking her horn

eve honking her horn

Of course I had to take my little Eves to the countryside with me. Actually, these three were created in the cottage. I guess I can call them my Hadleigh girls. Or my Old Monkeys. This is a tour of the cottage through their playful antics. Read More

the old monkey } two days in hadleigh

back in the cottage enjoying the peaceful and rainy evening
let me introduce you to 'the old monkey': this is the entrance to 'my' cottage. the portico holds so much charm and its share of intricate cobwebs

let me introduce you to ‘the old monkey': this is the entrance to ‘my’ cottage. the portico holds so much charm and its share of intricate cobwebs

I miss it already. I don’t know what it is about these Grove Cottages that has such a pull on me. This is my third visit to one of their cottages in less than a year: I’ve visited Rose in Edwardstone, Brook in Dedham and now this little gem: The Old Monkey in Hadleigh. This timber framed building was a pub for over 400 years, known as ‘The Kings Arms’. Now it’s a residential cottage, one section of which is a bed and breakfast and the other this. I was not supposed to be alone on this short stay, but ended up being so. Despite my alone-ness (and loneliness), I did fall in love with Hadleigh and my house of two days. Read More

pinheads } playing with scissors and glue

pinheads march

pinheads march

I was sitting around last night enjoying my son K and his friend’s endless laughter at some low-tech video game, while my son Y entertained two of his friends. Z was in her room and me, I was sitting around enjoying life. And then I decided to create these pinheads. I honestly can’t remember what I was thinking or how this idea formed in my mind. It started with one head/neck combo shaped like a golf tee and sort of went from there.  Read More

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