As I read about the construction behind the MET’s Alhambra palace courtyard, I’m fascinated by the precision and creativity behind tile designs of historic Islamic architecture.
Stemming from its birth, Islamic art has revolved around geometric & calligraphy patterns. Geometric patterns signify a deep and reflective form of art; one that makes us ponder the meaning of our connectivity. Instead of exploiting the human body, the essence of Islamic art revolves around lines, algorithms, and thought-provoking abstract forms. The same can be said about the use of classical Arabic used in sacred scripture.
I am forever inspired by the skill, patience, and creativity of tile patterns & Islamic/Eastern Art. The walls of these historic sites symbolize the length of our human potential; an endless potential that has always existed since the beginning of time. Enjoy the following work that can be found in Spain, Uzbekistan, Pakistan & Iran (Photography from: http://www.islamic-arts.org).
Happy Friday! Here are some fun style ideas I grabbed from Pinterest . Art translates itself in so many different ways, one being fashion. Style carries with it self-expression, culture, and a personal story. I’m a true believer of self expression, and not following any trends but your own. Style transcends beyond what we wear and how we wear it. Leading me to say, true style goes well beyond labels and trends. Here are some examples of traditional Eastern wear mixed with a unique dose of self expression.
Our home is our haven. Our home is where the heart is. And the heart should be tranquil. Here are some quick and easy tips to sustain some feng shui in your living space.
1. Keep the clutter to a minimum:
The less the more. To be amidst clutter can rob us of breathable air, and create too many distractions.
2. Keep windows open, ventilate the rooms:
Fresh air and ventilation reminds us that nature is on our side. It also rejuvenates the body and mind. While taking a shower or bath, keep the windows open so the air can eliminate any mold build-up.
3. Wipe down windows and tables:
They say that the door is the mouth to the room, and the windows are the eyes. To keep the breathable air fresh, eliminate dust by simple swiping and polishing your furniture. Swipe down tables, windows, and doors to maintain a crisp and breathable space.
4. Light up the room with candles:
There’s something so whimsical and calming about having scented candles lit. While meditating or resting, candles provide an aromatherapy that helps calm our minds and awaken our senses.
Can you think of any other ideas for sustaining some feng shui?
Typography and calligraphy are a source of self expression. Not only is it a form of art, but typography gives new meaning to self expression in decor.
Past few months I’ve been busy brainstorming and creating new art/design pieces. Juggling a full-time job while working on art is ultra exhausting, but nonetheless enjoyable. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, no one should ever give up on their own talent…It’s through discovering and sharing your talent that one can find a lot of happiness. And learning to master your own passion can be rewarding in more then one way!
Check out some more designs on my Instagram and website.
Lines of the Lion
Inside the Mind
Lana Del Ray
The Universe From Within
One of my latest art pieces was inspired by the mysterious disjoined letters of the ancient Quran scripture, Alif Laam Meem.
If anyone has read the Quran’s 1400 yr old scripture, which has stayed consistent in it’s classical Arabic, they will know that the Quran carries timeless wisdom along with mystery. The disjointed Arabic characters, Alif Laam Meem, are one of the many mysteries.
There are a few philosophies about what these characters mean. Yet, scholars still manage to illustrate new philosophies based on new discoveries. It’s as if these characters are trying to tell us something. Perhaps it’s signifying how we should handle our interpretation of the “truth”? When we are unable to realize the exact meaning of something, this should not lead us to automatically reject it, make any strong assumptions, or adopt a strict stance based on our interpretation. These disjointed characters should not only humble our minds, but inspire us to seek greater meanings and fresh interpretations of all that remains a mystery.
I see Alif Laam Meem as characters that represent true art, a challenge that inspires us to be in awe and continuously explore the divinity of life.
The Mystery of Alif Laam Meem. See more art at dab-art.com.