Here is the process for my latest piece for Raffles design Institute Riyadh. I wanted to show through this illustration, the fun and exciting future one gets through attending design school. Raffles is an established well-known school, originated in Singapore and now has thirty something locations around Asia, so I wanted to represent this deep rooted school by placing on the roots of the tree, the tree then blooms with the endless possibilities and achievement possible.
The photos show the different stages I undertook with this piece, from creating the armature of the tree, to the different layers and stages it undertook :). Enjoy!
A couple months ago I was part of a group show at Naila Gallery in Riyadh, it was curated by Onqoud and hosted by the Thobe company Lomar. The theme of the exhibit was to represent thob, the Saudi traditional men’s wear, in an unconventional way.
I built 3 sculptures out of old magazines, news papers, and old photos. The thobe has been around for generations, it whitnessed the people of this land, and everything they have been through. The garment might have evolved but its essence still remains the same. People come and go, wearing these thobs everyday so much that it’s the document to the people’s daily life and interactions, so that these people just become a print on that thobe, and the thobe becomes the chain that links the past, present and future.
I placed the Thobes in a circular form with a bench in front of them, I asked people to sit down to mingle and talk to the thobes, to listen to their stories, thus completing that half circle and becoming part of the chain. At first people were hesitant to play a long, however, no sooner did they actually start to get to know them and enjoy their company.
The thobes are happily greeting people at the Lomar show room in Riyadh, where they are getting to talk to plenty of people everyday 🙂