Digital Weekender at Watermans – 11-12 Nov 2017

An exciting programme of installations and workshops to take place at Watermans Arts Centre this weekend (Sat 11 Nov, 10.30am – 10pm & Sun 12 Nov, 10.30am – 6pm). As part of their annual Digital Weekender event, the line-up is not only mesmerising but inspiring with the chance to enjoy interactive sound installations, experience an immersive performance and get involved in making your… Read More »

Digital Islamic art – Zarah Hussain’s Numina longlisted for Lumen Prize 2017

The Lumen Prize is an annual international award for digitally created/produced art. Entries are long-listed before being put to a panel of judges for selection of awards in a number of categories including 3D/Sculpture, Interactive, Moving image, Web-Based, VR-AR, Still Image and Student awards. Included in this year’s long-list is Zarah Hussain‘s public installation Numina, a… Read More »

SEEING THE UNSEEN Exhibition 20 – 30 July 2016 (London)

20 – 30 July 2016 SEEING THE UNSEEN is a unique exhibition showcasing the hybrid nature of art as a reflection of ever-changing and hybridising local and global communities. Six British artists engage with digital technologies as part of their artistic practice fusing traditional aesthetics of geometry, floral motifs, and calligraphy with contemporary digital mediums…. Read More »

Books & Tips on Islamic art and pattern-making

If you’re interested in learning more about the styles, compositions, colours and the techniques used to create some of the most beautiful examples of Islamic art around the world, then this list of books may help you on your journey. I have been asked a number of times for recommendations regarding resources on Islamic art,… Read More »

Digital Art & Design at the V&A, London

The V&A has for some time been collecting and exhibiting digital/computer art, including interactive installations. I came across a video of an exhibition that took place at the V&A in 2009. The great thing about online documentation of events, collections and knowledge is that it can be found at any point in time (assuming it… Read More »

Online Lecture: Computer Science meets Islamic art pattern-making

Don’t worry, this is one academic, Associate Professor Craig S Kaplan, who knows how to bridge the gap between traditional Islamic art and computer science and technology whilst still making it an interesting lecture! There are examples towards the end of how these patterns have been applied to various materials and structures using technological and… Read More »

Geometric Design – online tutorials

Geometric Design for Beginners is a series of tutorials available on Tuts+ providing instructions for producing your own geometric patterns. Posted by Joumana Medlej, these are step by step instructions designed for beginners but continue on to more complex patterns. Easy to follow and a convenient resource for working at your own pace. Read more… Read More »

PSTA Degree Show 2015

The annual MA and PhD degree show at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in Hoxton is in the last few days of it’s opening and this year the work produced by students is quite different. So if you thought you’d seen it all before, don’t be mistaken and try and pop-in (although with the… Read More »

Qur’anic Illumination – Flash animation showing construction example

I’ve just come across the Tradigital website (an Arabic publishing studio associated with the Thesauraus Islamicus Foundation and Islamic Art Network) where I have found a very helpful animation of how one Qur’anic illumination pattern is constructed. The design is based on 6-fold geometry from which a 12-pointed star pattern is produced. Watch the animation… Read More »