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The story behind the Painting - Surat Al-Ikhlas

The story behind the Painting - Surat Al-Ikhlas

The Surat al-Ikhlas is the final chapter (112) of the Quran. It's especially close to my heart because it's one of the first that I learned off by heart in Arabic many moons ago when I was studying in Fez from our wonderful teacher Professor Abdel-Hadi Honerkamp. He was one of those rare teachers that leaves a beautiful mark on your life - an American revert full of wisdom, incredible knowledge and fluent in Arabic, who couldn't but help going off track and telling a story in every lesson. Whenever we went back to the UK for a visit we all had to bring back...

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The Hamsa Hand - History, Meaning and Traditions

The Hamsa Hand - History, Meaning and Traditions

During my time in Morocco, the hamsa hand, or hand of Fatima (after the daughter of the prophet Muhammad) as it was often referred to there, was a common sight. It brings back happy memories and is something I've always had an affection for resulting in various jewellery purchases over the years! So I thought I'd do some investigation and find out more about its origins and meaning, which led to a little craft project to make my own. 

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An Arabic twist on crafts

An Arabic twist on crafts

With a few exceptions, Islamic art remains fairly traditional in both style and techniques. One of the things that inspires me to try new designs is that there are lots of amazing ideas, creative techniques and skills out there, but not many have been fused with Arabic & Islam yet. As an artist, designer and general crafty-bod, this so much scope and potential. Here's a recent experiment of mine and the beginning of some idea sharing. Please come and join in the conversation. 

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