ISLAMIC GEOMETRIC WORKSHOP at the ISLAM & SCIENCE CONFERENCE, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester 19th October 2014
The aim of the workshop was an introduction to geometric patterns in Islamic art and architecture. The participants learned how to draw a 4-fold pattern with a straight edge and compass, exactly the same method traditional Islamic craftsmen did to create the timeless designs we can see today. Participants then applied their own creativity to their individual patterns with colours bringing different design elements and shapes out by using the underlying construction as well as the final pattern. They put all their individual patterns together to form a tessellation based on a square grid which gave birth to their beautiful artwork.
AYESHA WOMENS GROUP WORKSHOP
Pankhurst Centre, Manchester 17th September 2014
I had the pleasure to teach a group of ladies from the Ayesha Women’s Group at the Pankhurst Centre. Ayesha Women’s Group was set up in January 2014 for South Asian women who have experienced violence at any time in their lives. The Group meets every Monday from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Longsight Manchester. It is facilitated by Shabana an experienced Counsellor with the Manchester Rape Crisis and Shaz an experienced Group Facilitator with the Roby Centre Manchester. Both have many years experience of working with South Asian Women in a range of settings.
Referrals to the Group can be made by contacting Shabana on 07896 939599
The Pankhurst Centre itself is of historical significance as it was the home (now museum) of Emmeline Pankhurst - British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP ON ISLAMIC GEOMETRIC PATTERNS
British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester 3rd May 2014
The objective of the full day event was to provide students with an introduction and understanding of Islamic geometric patterns, and the creative nature of its incredibly sophisticated and fascinating art form. Eric Broug, Huseyin Sen, Mesut Balik and myself presented the event with a variety of workshops.
BRIDGING THE GAP – A SALAAM FESTIVAL
The New Art Gallery Walsall, 8th March 2014
A festival of building stronger community relationships in a spirit of peace and unity through diversity and celebrating International Women’s Day.
As part of the Walsall Connecting Schools Programme 2013-2014, I had the opportunity to teach a group of pupils aged between 7 and 12 how to draw the eight pointed star pattern from Islamic geometric patterns. The pattern was then traced onto tiles and painted by the pupils choosing their own colour to express their own individual creativity. After the firing process the tiles were tessellated to form "The Breath of the Compassionate" pattern which is the most commonly used pattern in Islamic Art and Architecture. This design is also used in other cultures and religions too.
The pupils had the opportunity to see their final creation come together at the Salaam Festival at the gallery on 8th March 2014 and was also displayed at the gallery during April 2014.
DISCOVER ISLAM WEEK
Warwick University’s Islamic Society, Warwick University 7th February 2014
A week of celebrations, debates, discussions and activities around cultural, musical, poetical and artistic diversity.