TED-ED Lesson on Islamic Geometric Design by Eric Broug

Here’s a quick (just over 5 minutes) video lesson on Islamic geometric patterns – a brief history, some core principles of how they are created and an array of examples both demonstrated and from real architectural sites around the world. This lesson was made by Eric Broug, a world famous author of Islamic pattern-making books… Read More »

Islamic art – Interactive learning for adults and children

For an in-depth view of the history and aesthetics of Islamic art alongside thousands of examples of artworks visit the Discover Islamic art website: http://www.discoverislamicart.org/ Areas of the subject are split by smaller topics based on time periods, dynasties and decorative styles. You can also search through the databases and collections from various museums around… Read More »

Introduction to Arduino

A practical workshop where you can learn basic methods for producing interactive design using Arduino will be hosted at the V&A on 27 June 2015! To book click here > (tickets cost £80/£64 concession) If you are not so keen on spending the £80 needed to book the V&A workshop then why not try a… Read More »

Digital workshops and drop-in sessions in London

If you’re looking for opportunities to learn more about Digital art, design, technology and innovation then the following workshops and drop-in sessions in London may be just for you. Best of all, they’re free! Digital workshop – The British Museum’s Innovation Lab. Sunday 21 June, 11.00–16.00 Find out more here > Digital Design Drop-in –… Read More »

Tiles – project on digitising Islamic art tiles at the Met Museum

Here’s an amazing project by two interns working with Islamic art tiles in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. They used a combination of Processing and OpenFrameworks to make this interactive iPad app: Read more about the project here: Exploring Algorithms in Islamic Art through Augmented Reality

Printing fun at the 3D Printshow London, Sep 2014

3D printing has really picked up the pace in the last few years, and events like the annual 3D Printshow is catering to the interest and demands of both businesses and individuals. The show features a line-up of commercial solutions for businesses, printing services for all types of clients (large and small) and platforms for… Read More »

Laser cutting for Textiles at Central Saint Martins

A week of laser-cutting fun! I joined the Central Saint Martins (CSM) short course on Laser-cutting for Textiles, located in Granary Square alongside the Regent’s canal.  This was a week long course introducing students to the process of creating electronic (Adobe Illustrator) files to be used for laser-cutting, the various effects and techniques that can… Read More »

Princes School of Traditional Arts Degree Show 2014

I managed to catch the Degree Show at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA), an exhibition of work produced by graduates of the postgraduate programme. As you may have guessed, there are strong ties between traditional arts and crafts Islamic art. In fact ‘traditional arts and crafts’ is often the description provided for the… Read More »

Iznik: Ottoman Ceramic Design at PSTA

The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (based in East London) runs a number of practical short-courses. I recently attended the Iznik: Ottoman Ceramic Design course where a small group of students learnt how to apply focussed and delicate brush strokes to ceramic tiles and plates. The class firstly taught us that concentration and a calm… Read More »

Design Museum London

A visit to the Design Museum (London) is full of a surprising array of objects. I was not sure what to expect but the collection of well designed examples included stationary, print work, clothing, shoes, parts of buildings, architectural scale models, mobile apps, mobile devices, and conceptual solutions to everyday problems, from the mundane to… Read More »