I was looking forward to this trip to Beirut with my best friend Laura Boushnak. It was going to be a work/play vacation and I suppose we did both. We had many ups and one massively disappointing down, but here I want to only remember the pleasant times.
My family and I spent a lovely week in Beirut and the Lebanese mountains for my sister Yasmine’s wedding. I’ll share some moments here.
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 […]
So this is what happens when there are multiple custodians of the tapestry. I get a deluge of very similar posts. However. Each and every one is special because I know how much work goes into taking one of these shots. So I’d like to thank one mother, two aunties, and two cousins for taking […]
If you’re wondering about TheTravelingTap series, you can read about it here. It would be so cool if you could take part. So far I have four in circulation: one is in Goa, one is in Beirut, and one is in California. This one is in London, soon on her way to Barcelona. If only I […]
This poem by Rola El Hussein was taken from her book titled I Only Move to Have the Dust Wiped From Underneath Me. She writes in Arabic but I tried my best to translate the poem in her spirit. Thank you, Rola, for inspiring this illustration.
On a shopping spree in Beirut last week, my mom introduced me to Henry’s Handmade boutique. Inside, I met Henry, an accessory maker who works with leather, thread, coins and other fun trinkets. I regret not having my camera that day because in his tiny shop he had all sorts of relics from his childhood […]
A few days ago, I visited the Beirut-based artist Tamara Al-Samerraei in her studio, which she shares with artist Najah Taher. It’s situated in a culture-rich area of Hamra off the Beiruti high street. When I got there, I heard live music playing in a nearby street and Olivia Newton-John’s Let’s Get Physical blaring from […]
I finally ventured into my dad’s printing/scanning/uploading system and it all worked smoothly and now I’m a happy girl again. I feel so liberated. This trip to Beirut from Kuwait was quite swift and uneventful. Two hours and five minutes, an ideal time for any trip 35,000 feet up in the air. I’ve also sneaked […]