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Digital Weekender at Watermans – 11-12 Nov 2017

Jiayu Liu - What If We Embed a Wormhole in Culture

Jiayu Liu – What If We Embed a Wormhole in Culture

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 own wearable-tech!

More info here: https://www.watermans.org.uk/weekender/digital-weekender/

Image is of Jiayu Liu’s installation What If We Embed a Wormhole in Culturehttps://www.watermans.org.uk/events/what-if-we-embed-a-wormhole-in-culture/

 

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 large-scale sculptural 3d installation based on a hexagonal grid. The sculpture  is combined with projection mapping which displays a continuously animated geometric pattern upon the surface of the installation in a variety of colours. These patterns are based on those found in historical examples of Islamic art, therefore displaying the continuity in the tradition of Islamic pattern-making in this new digital and hybrid medium – digital Islamic art.

Numina by Zarah Hussain, Barbican, 2016

Numina by Zarah Hussain, Barbican, 2016

See the full list of artists long-listed for awards on the official website: http://lumenprize.com/longlist-2017

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

SEEING THE UNSEEN exhibition

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. Artworks include interactive installations, digital prints and animation, evoking an examination of the relationship between shapes and form.

Alongside the exhibition there are also two exciting workshops providing an insider’s perspective on both the creative and technical aspects of artworks exhibited as part of SEEING THE UNSEEN.

Digital Demo Workshop
Led by: Pruet Putjorn from University of Kent
Date: 21 July 2016
Time: 5 pm – 6 pm
FREE – Booking required
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Drawing Geometry Workshop
Led by: Samira Mian
Workshop 1: 23 July 2016 (11 am – 1 pm)
Workshop 2: 27 July 2016 (4 – 6pm)
£10 – Booking required
(All resources and materials are provided)
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Location:
Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, London, E2 0QN
(Nearest tube Bethnal Green)

Find out more: www.seeingtheunseen.co.uk

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, particularly pattern-making. To this end I have compiled the following list of books on the topics of Islamic art & Architecture, Islamic geometric patterns and Arabesque patterns which I have personally found helpful or inspirational. However, I would encourage everyone to try and attend practical workshops and courses where possible, as learning through a teacher is really the best method for learning Islamic pattern-making techniques. I have included some general tips at the bottom of this post.

[Note: this list is a work in progress. I will be adding to this list when I can and will also try to add my mini reviews (as seen in my instagram posts). Any suggestions are most welcome so please get in touch if you have any suitable recommendations. Most of the books listed are in English unless otherwise stated. I have provided Amazon links so you may see what the books look like but do shop around, as you may find better prices elsewhere]

Quick Links:

Books on Islamic Art & Architecture (general)

Islamic Arts (Art & Ideas)
Author: Jonathan Bloom
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 071483176X
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Islamic Art and Architecture
Author: Robert Hillenbrand
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 0500203059
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Making Sense of Islamic Art and Architecture
Author: Adam Barkman
ISBN: 0500291713
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
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Islamic Art in Detail
Author: Sheila R CAnby
ISBN: 0714124281
Publisher: British Museum Press
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 Arts & Crafts of the Islamic lands: Principles Materials Practice
Authors: Khaled Azzam and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts
ISBN: 0500517029
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
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Books on Islamic Geometric Patterns

Drawing Geometry: A Primer of Basic Forms for Artists, Designers and Architects
Author: Jon Allen
Publisher: Floris Books
ISBN: 0863156088
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Geometric Concepts in Islamic Art
Author: Issam El Said and Ayse Parman
ISBN: 0905035038
Publisher: Scorpion Cavendish Ltd
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Islamic Design – A Genius for Geometry
Author: Daud Sutton
Publisher: Wooden Books
ISBN: 1904263593
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Islamic Patterns: An Analytical and Cosmological Approach
Author: Keith Critchlow
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 0500270716
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Islamic Art and Archtitecture – The System of Geometric Design
Author: Issam El Said, Eds. Tarek El-Bouri & Keith Critchlow
ISBN: 1873938454
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
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Arabic Geometrical Pattern & Design
Author: J Bourgoin
ISBN: 0486229246
Publisher: Dover Pulications Inc
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Islamic Geometric Patterns
Author: Eric Broug
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 050028721X
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Islamic Geometric Design
Author: Eric Broug
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 0500516952
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Arabesques – Decorative Art in Morocco (available in English, French, and possibly Arabic)
Author: Jean-Marc Castera
Publisher: ACR Edition
ISBN: 2867701244
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Books on Islamic floral patterns (Arabesque/Islimi/Tezhip/Tezhib/Illumination)

Türk Sanatinda – Tezhip (Turkish)
Authors:  Ilhan Özkececi and Sule Bilge Özkececi
Publisher: Yazigen Yayinevi
ISBN: 6058565715
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Türk Sanatinda Desen ve Kurgu (Turkish)
Author: Prof. İlhan Özkeçeci
ISBN: 9786058565760
Publisher: Yazigen Yayinevi
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Rumi Çizim ve Teknikleri (Turkish)
Author:Sabiha Bayhan Koç
ISBN: 9758069284
Publisher: Ilke Kitap
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Türk Tezyini Sanatlarinda Desen Tasarimi: Cizim Teknigi ve Cesitleri (Turkish)
Author: Inci A. Birol
ISBN: 975644441X
Publisher: Kubbealti Nesriyati Yayincilik
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Motifler Türk Tezyini Sanatlarinda (English and Turkish)
Author: Inci A. Birol
ISBN: 9757663077
Publisher: Kubbealti Nesriyati Yayincilik
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The Illumination Models – Eslimi and Khataei Decorative Designs (English and Farsi)
Author: Mohammad-Reza Honarvar
Publisher: Yassavoli
ISBN: 9789643064396

Instruction & Application of Margins in the Illumination (English and Farsi)
Author: M Eftekhari
Publisher: Yassavoli
ISBN: 9789643063658

Symbols of Iranian Illumination & Carpet Designing (English and Farsi)
Authors/Diagrams: Mohammad Reza Honarvar, Ardeshir Takestani
Publisher: Yassavoli
ISBN: 9789643062279
View on www.iranibooks.com

Buying Books Online

If you are looking for a specific book it is best to put the title of the book into the Google search bar and then click on the ‘Shopping’ option just below this. The results shown will be shops and websites that have the book listed. Listings include those on Ebay, Amazon, Abe Books and many other online book shops, allowing you to browse in price order. For the rarer or harder to attain books, you may need to add the name of the author.

Books that are rare or harder to get hold of require a bit more detective work, but I suggest doing the above search every once in a while, as books appear for sale in the most unexpected places and at surprisingly exexpected bargain prices to boot.

For Turkish Books I have used the following two websites with successful postage to the UK:
www.turkishbooks.com (English & Turkish)
www.babil.com (Turkish only – but can use google translate to assist in alternative language).

Tips for pattern-making:

  • Try and attend a practical class, course or workshop. The traditional method for learning arts has been through an experienced professional/master, producing the work and training their apprentice. There is much merit to seeing an artist in action and being shown the way in which tools should be used in order to produce the best results. Being taught directly is immensely useful.(If you are looking for classes/workshops in London you may find courses offered by Art of Islamic Pattern and the Prince’s School of Tradtional Arts immensely useful. Also workshops offered by Ayesha Gamiet in Windsor. For a further list of workshops and teachers around the world please view recommendations by by Esra Alhamal on her blog: http://www.islamicillumination.com/blog/islamic-pattern-teachers
  • Do not be put off by books in different languages. If the book contains useful diagrams and graphical examples then you won’t need to worry much about the text.
  • Even if you have no one to teach you in a class-like environment, there are an increasing number of online tutorials and videos to also view. These include videos on YouTube and those by Eric Broug on his educational website: School of Geometric Design. There are also an increasing number of artists on social media sharing videos and tips with their followers. Here is an example by Ambigraph on his blog: Analysis of a Geometric Pattern from the Alhambra Palace
  • Try looking at as many visual examples as possible, including artefacts, architecture and prints. Examine these and look for what they have in common. When a flower or motif is drawn in a particular way, using a particular colour or combination of shapes and compositions this is a distinctive style. When specific materials and tools are used, these become part of the technique. Practice drawing these yourself, first by tracing, then by copying, then by customising, and then attempt to draw your own. Even if you feel you need a lot of practice, then keep practicing. The mantra ‘practice makes perfect’ is not just a saying, it’s a fact!
  • Reference nature – look at real life examples of plants and flowers and try and re-draw these, whether in a realistic form or in an abstract or stylised form.
  • Tracing is your best friend. Many Islamic patterns contain symmetry and repetition. This means you can draw one section and use this on top of a basic grid/layout to then re-trace a design in repeated form. The repetition looks more appealing due to the consistency this generates in the design. Remember to also keep elements proportional as this will make the whole composition look more harmonious.
  • Try and access books such as those mentioned above or look for resources online as these will also help you to pick up skills in pattern-making.
  • And remember to take your time. An artwork cannot be rushed. Patience is a virtue (again, not just a saying).

If there is anything more specific you would like advice on I am happy to answer questions. However, I cannot guarantee an immediate response. Hope this helps!

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 is still accessible) for those who may have missed a specific event or moment of it’s first being shared in a physical space.

Decode: Digital Design Sensations:

Read more about digital art and design activities, past and present,  on the V&A website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/d/digital-art-and-design/

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 digital methods.

And for anyone into mathematics or interested in reading more about Craig Kaplan’s research, you can find more information here: Craig S Kaplan – Associate Professor, Computer Graphics Lab

 

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 here: Geometric Design for Beginners

 

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 current tube strike this might be easier said than done).

The most striking piece that meets you as soon as you enter is the super large fresco painted directly onto the front facing gallery wall. Looking around it is almost as if you’ve stepped into a Christian art gallery. Unlike previous years there is a lot more of the icon based artwork on display, filling almost half the gallery. These works have been produced by the research students who completed PhDs and specialise in icon painting of Byzantine style.

Further into the gallery You have the usual sectioned display of works produced by each graduate illustrating the development of their work through their practical and theoretical studies.

Images below are just a small selection of the work on display:

The degree show is running from 10:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and closes at 1:00 pm on 10th July.

Read more about the graduating students here: http://www.psta.org.uk/news/87/

Learn more about the Princes School of Traditional Arts here: http://www.psta.org.uk/about/

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 here: http://www.tradigital.de/specials.htm

The speed of the animation is quite fast but after watching a few times you could probably give the pattern-making a go yourself using a compass and ruler!

A quick note to say that the Islamic Art Network also has a photo archive of architectural sites in Cairo that may be of interest: http://www.islamic-art.org/PhotoArchive/PhotoArchive.asp