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May 27, 2011

Summer workshops at Vesica

We’ve just released the schedule for our Summer courses and workshops in 2011.

The following 2 courses will be offered in June / July:

For more details or to book please visit

February 15, 2011

Painting Techniques Inspired by Ottoman Textiles

A workshop by Nausheen Sheikh


The Traditional Crafts are derived from the intertwining of wisdom (hikmah) and craftsmanship (fann or sinaah). Traditional textiles and costumes enable one to wander through the history of the world, from the rise of civilizations to the fall of empires, with a blend of diverse cultures, legends and religions.

Traditional textiles continue to resonate humble beauty and the substance of art is beauty and this is a Divine quality.

Join Nausheen Sheikh, Director of Research and Documentation – Islamic Art and Textiles at Vesica, for a workshop that will take you on a timeless journey through the history, techniques, symbolism and application of these Traditional textiles.

Traditional textiles are rich in pattern, colour and texture. This workshop will introduce students to the harmony of colours and an understanding of pattern created by Geometry and ‘Islimi’ – also known as the Arabesque – and the textural quality of textiles. This will be achieved through traditional painting techniques.

Expected Outcomes

  • To create a painted paper panel of a textile design inspired by the traditional textiles.
  • Design sketches and colour schemes inspired by traditional textiles.
  • Diary/sketchbook of the design process with stages and thoughts.
  • Textile design panel

Workshop Date, Time and Location

Date: Saturdays from 26 February to 19 March.

Timings: 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Office of Vesica Limited, 16-24 Underwood Street, London, N1 7JQ

Closest tube station: Old Street

Fees: £250 (materials included)

To Book call Vesica on 020 8133 8050 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

September 23, 2010

Vesica R&D Director to Teach Traditional Textiles Courses

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Nausheen Sheikh, Research and Design Director at Vesica, will be teaching Traditional Textiles Courses at the Nour Festival of Arts at Leighton House Museum in London, UK.

The courses will include hands on explorations of traditional Middle Eastern textiles. Participants will be tutored to create their own textiles in a course that explores the following areas:
  • Colour combinations in traditional textiles from primary and secondary resource materials;
  • How to achieve harmony and balance in the colouration of patterns;
  • What is ‘texture’ and how it is created;
  • Introduction to the Biomorphic forms, ‘Islimi’ motifs and their application to geometric patterns;
  • Exploring various embellishment techniques.

Workshops run from October 6 to October 27 and at £45 for each session. Advanced booking is required. Please call 020 7471 9153 to book.

For more details, please visit

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