lb o j’zazz’s intro to art clay silver workshop } yesterday i made a pair of earrings

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yesterday we made things

yesterday we made things

I’ve been wanting to take one of Lubna Saif Abbas’ workshops for ages, but they always fell on days that I couldn’t attend. This one, however, was on a Sunday afternoon. Perfect. And what made it even more perfect was that I love playing with clay and I love silver and it sort of blended many of my interests into one 4-hour-long workshop given by architect-turned-metal-clay-guru Hawra Bahman. And I also met some really nice people. If this kind of thing floats your boat, you can follow LB o J’zazz on Facebook for more classes like this one. Or check out their blog here. Read More

concertina } a play in ten acts

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concertina } a play in ten acts

concertina } a play in ten acts

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khaldoun’s book } december 12th, 2014

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dessert

dessert

I’ve been wanting to get back into life drawing for a while now, and I’m so out of practice. So I decided that the best model for this would be my new nephew Khaldoun. Little did I know what a difficult subject he would be. No matter how much I enjoy looking at him, the little monkey won’t stay still! And neither will his mom. But that’s what life drawing is about, capturing the essence of the subject in the least time you have. I’m also discouraged by how rusty I am. It was very hard for me not to draw the lines that I have become so familiar with in my paintings and sketches. But I think Khaldoun’s Book will be a good exercise for me. It’s nice to think that throughout this sketchbook, my nephew and I will be growing together. Read More

playing on a lazy thursday afternoon

an 'oh fuck' moment
starting something new is always a little daunthing

starting something new is always a little daunting

I had so many things on my to-do list this morning and did none of them. Not one single tick. Instead, I drew a picture. Read More

yesterday

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watercolor sketchbook } i rainbow think, i rainbow am

picking at her rainbow face
watercolor rainbow think rainbow am

i rainbow think therefore i rainbow am

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girls explore } eves discover zeri crafts

pick a color, any color
how lucky we are to have this delightful oasis in the midst of salmiya's hustle and bustle. located on a quiet street overlooking the gulf, zeri crafts could not have been located in a more apt location.

how lucky we are to have this delightful oasis in the midst of salmiya’s hustle and bustle. situated on a quiet street overlooking the arabian gulf, zeri crafts could not have been situated in a more apt location.

Christmas time is upon us, it’s snowing on prettygreenbullet and I’m in the mood for a bit of shopping. As much as I’ve always appreciated hand-crafted items, my last trip to London, specifically the Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair in Chelsea, intensified my desire for all things handmade with passion and love. So in the spirit of Christmas shopping-and with the help of Eve-I’m going to dedicate a few posts over the coming weeks to my very gifted friends.

I’ve been an avid fan of Laila Alhamad’s Zeri Crafts since its foundation in 2010. I remember her telling me about it over brunch at PQ (where else!), and witnessing a systematic demise of our indigenous culture, it was so refreshing to hear her speak about contemporizing the age-old craft of Sadu-weaving. Last week the Eves and I visited her Open House event and it was as lovely and inspiring as ever. I had some zesty ginger tea and gobbled down three date balls, taken from Laila’s sister (and my dear friend) Sarah Al-Hamad’s date book Sun Bread and Sticky ToffeeRead More

leporello } sometimes life is more manageable in sections } part III

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girls explore } eves discover caitley symons textile & design

caught in color
girls, don't get stuck

girls, don’t get stuck

Christmas time is upon us, it’s snowing on prettygreenbullet and I’m in the mood for a bit of shopping. As much as I’ve always appreciated hand-crafted items, my last trip to London, specifically the Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair in Chelsea, intensified my desire for all things handmade with passion and love. So in the spirit of Christmas shopping-and with the help of Eve-I’m going to dedicate a few posts over the coming weeks to my very gifted friends.

I’ve known Caitley Symons (she’ll always be Cathy to me) of Caitley Symons Textile & Design since 1986, back when we were both sophomores in Mrs. Seaton’s Graphic Design class at Cairo American College. We hit it off over our love for Duran Duran and hanging out at the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar. A typical weekend together would be visiting the old souq on a Friday: pushing against the tide of post-Friday prayer believers, haggling with shopkeepers over silver jewelry, buying yet another pair of leather sandals, imagining we saw Sting in a sheesha cafe, and taking pictures. Always taking pictures. And I can’t help seeing this history in Cathy’s printed fabrics. 

A few weeks ago two Eves arrived at Cathy’s Asheville, North Carolina home. I have named them the Mountain Eves. Join them here as they roll in yardage, frolic in fabric and just be…Eves. Read More

reversal sunday

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butchering schiele

i've always enjoyed the quality of oil pastels. here i used parcel paper i bought from ace
this morning, creepy crawlies

this morning, creepy crawlies

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I visited the Egon Schiele Radical Nude exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery. One of the ways you can tell I really love a collection is if it makes me want to go home and draw or paint. And this one did. Of course I wouldn’t even dream about my work coming close to Schiele’s, but it is my work, inspired by him. And perhaps one day I will inspire others to want to go home and draw or paint. So here is my delayed reaction to Schiele’s wonderful works from that day. Read More

zeri crafts notebook } two flowers we

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two flowers we

two flowers we

Two flowers we. One is him and the other is me.

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airplane timelines/UK days part five } beirut > london > kuwait

later on at the crucifix lane club with that night's friends. i remember sherief and emma's names, that's about it. but who cares, really
on my way

coming

I decided to consolidate and ended up with a messy title, but it’s the only way I can do this right now and move on to other things. I’ve decided to sandwich the last of my UK days in between two Airplane Timeline entries. It makes more sense this way. Bon appetit!

Oh and I’ve decided that the perfect anthem for this trip is this:


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uk days } part one

taking a break by a disembodied head
friday, november 7 } what a bonus to have seen one of my close friends nazira twice! although we met quite recently (end of 2012) we quickly developed a deep friendship. although we live thousands of miles apart, she's one of the few who helped me through me and *him*'s slow deterioration and ultimate demise

friday, november 7 } what a bonus to have seen one of my close friends nazira twice! although we met quite recently (end of 2012) we quickly developed a deep friendship. we live thousands of miles apart, but she’s one of the few who significantly helped me through the slow deterioration and ultimate demise of my relationship with *him*

I am finding being in the UK rather difficult this time. I don’t know if it’s my long stay (two weeks) when I’m missing my kids already, Naz leaving tonight or the loneliness I’m feeling without *him*. It’s not like I hadn’t been here before without him in my life, but somehow it’s sadder this time round. And it’s not like I care as much as I used to. I don’t think it’s about him specifically; it’s about not having someone special to share these moments with. Especially if you’re staying at a romantic inn (with his and hers shower robes) called Langshott Manor Hotel. Read More

stories of eves } creating eves

this is my london workspace located in my brother's kitchen/dining room

this is my london workspace located in my brother’s kitchen/dining area

I’m creating thirty eves that I’m going to be sending off to a select number of individuals who I feel are going to take an active part in her story. Of course it’s an arduous process of drawing, cutting (hate the cutting!) and writing details on the back. Then there’s the posting which I actually look forward to. I think the post office is my favorite place to be. Read More

my friends & me } david habchy

me and the mediterranean

me and the mediterranean

I finally met one of my Instagram heroes David Habchy in his coastal hometown of Jounieh, Lebanon. I plan to publish a whole post about meeting David and his Waraq collective partner and co-founder Hussein Nakhal. But for now, I must make do with posting his Instagram shots from this morning because I only have internet on my phone. Check out his remarkable gallery at @davidhabchy. Read More

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