If you are in London this week, pass by the Royal College of Art for our
Work in Progress show, my work, and that of my super talented
colleagues will be on display, it's definitely not one to miss!
It's on from 23-27 July from 10.30-5.30 pm daily
at the RCA, Kensington
And you can get a sneak peek via our facebook page:
I hope to see your friendly faces there!
As part of a commission I had to research a little about the Cristobal Balenciaga,
a veritable master of the craft of couture. I spent an hour drooling over his sculptural
clothes, luckily none of it dropped on the paper I was drawing on.
You can see some beautiful pieces on the website of the Museo Cristobal Balenciaga.
The lovely people at Agenda Culturel in Beirut decided to take a stab at asking me some
questions, to which I had to respond through illustrations. I used the answers to create this
short story, another installation for the My life in the movies series. The images featured
are based on the seminal film Around the pink house by the Lebanese artists
The questions (translated from the original French) :
What is the main theme in your illustrations?
What are you working on at the moment?
What are your future projects?
What is your wildest desire?
Who are your favorite artists?
How do you describe Lebanon?
There is nothing greater than good free music in this world, and Safar Barlik
is a new artist from Beirut who just released his EP on bandcamp for you to grab.
It's the first time I'm singing on a recorded track, and it's pretty scary but
I hope I get to do it again because it's really fun!
I really enjoyed listening to the tracks and watching the process behind them,
Safar Barlik is a project that really captures the boredom and restlessness of
Lebanese youth today. The lyrics and melodies are deceptively simple but they
paint a picture of a whole generation of blasé Beirutis.
So please be kind with us newbies when you give the album a listen,
hope you enjoy it!
I have been taking photographs since I was fourteen, but never really featured any of it
on this blog though it is an important part of my practice. That is my goal for this year, to
find the common thread in all these different spheres I work in and love:
film, photography, illustration, music and rope it all in.
The photographs above are of my close friend and frequent collaborator Timi Hayek.
She recently graduated from Central Saint Martins in Fashion Print after presenting
a stunning collection based on her love and natural instinct for colors. All the clothes are
designed, handmade and modeled by Timi herself. We shot them at the printmaking
studios at the Royal College of Art on a rainy London day.
I love collaborating with fashion designers, and would love to continue to do so in the future.
Having grown up around the craft I truly appreciate the work behind it and am constantly in awe
of the power of garments to transform and express an identity. It is tough process to work with
someone who has such a strong identity and vision behind their work, but also a joy to be
involved in a project where the artist is so passionate and has put so much thought into every piece.
It is a challenging process for both artists involved, but I think when it does work,
the end product can end up stronger and will always be surprising.
You can have a look at more of Timi's beautiful work on her blog,
Continuing with my series "My Life in the Movies", I will be developing this project
over the next couple of months. These images were done for the website Daftar Tajreebi,
a platform for Middle Eastern creative culture which will launch soon! There will be an Arabic translation of these illustrations on the site. It was the first time I exclusively used Arabic
and it was really interesting how it gave the story a whole new meaning.
Be sure to check them out when the site launches!
More work with the lovely people behind Wilderness of Wish.
This time I got to use my photography and poetry, which I coupled together
to create a moving GIF which is on the site's front page
For some reason I was unable to upload the GIF unto here, so I put up on some
screenshots instead, but head over the site to see it in action and while you are there