A few days ago I trekked to Muji at the Avenues to restock on color origami paper. Of course, as expected, they were out. But I found these square notepads with ecru-colored paper, ready and perfect for being stamped and folded. The new polyhedra are smaller, which I actually like. And I don’t think that Muji Kuwait will ever stop supplying these non-niche notepads. I hope not anyway. Read More
A few weeks ago I introduced Eve to my friend Fatima Fayez. The two got on like a house on fire, and now they are the best of travel buddies. Although Fatima was great at showing Eve around Kuwait’s finer sites, it is this trip that Eve will remember most dearly. Not only was she invited to be a part of Fatima’s friend’s bucket list of English landmarks, but she was the center of Fatima’s attention, and I know she likes that. Thank you, Fatima, for being so generous and patient with Eve. I know she can be mischievous and even diva-like sometimes. Read More
Yesterday my friend Wafa Rashed sent me all these delightful photos of Eve at Sunday night’s 1001 Eves tea party. The more she sent (this went on all day!) the fewer I included in my previous post, simply because hers were much nicer. Of the 53 Eves exploring Dar Nur, she found 39. Not bad! Thank you, Wafa, for these wonderful photographs! Read More
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
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
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
In August I was asked by Loft965‘s Nasser AlQatami to create an Eve for his September playlist. He explained it was an annual list which was traditionally broody and moody; a little like me, a little like Eve. Of course I said yes. He told me how his playlist titles were always portmanteaus so together we came up with Sombreve. It has a French ring to it, but I like it despite the fact. Click here to download the playlist. Oh and the whole point of all this is that I’ve been wondering what to play tonight. I’m usually so sure and prepared but not with this show. So this morning driving back from dropping off the children at school, Sombreve popped to mind and I immediately Whatsapped Nasser about it, and thankfully he not only said yes but had it delivered on a flashdrive and CD. Now that’s lofty service. Thank you, Nasser!
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.
Ten days left. Or is it nine? I’m starting to feel a bit of the buzz I usually get a few weeks before any exhibition. The butterflies I usually reserve for opening day. That’s when I can’t sit still and it’s best to avoid me. Cross the bridge for a map to Gallery Tilal. Read More
Jana came in this morning to photograph the complete Stories of Eves collection. I tried to set up the studio the best way I could to achieve maximum efficiency. I love to feel that I can win over time, so I’m always finding ways to reduce it. So much that I think I can be a little annoying. Jana and I worked like a machine and I am so happy with the results. The photos do my paintings justice. Thank you, J!