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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)

November 1, 2010

Plans Announced for Vesica Institute

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The Vesica Board today announced plans to start working towards launching the Vesica Institute of Traditional Arts. Whilst the company has yet to announce any more details, the Vesica Institute will focus on offering courses in Traditional Arts and Crafts – a field that very few art schools are willing to explore. A plan is being prepared to get administrative, financial and legal paperwork in place for next year.

“Whilst we have talked about the Vesica Institute of Traditional Arts before, it is still in the very early stages of planning. At this point, all I can say is that the Vesica Institute will, like the Vesica software platform, strive to excel and will offer the best in terms of traditional education,” said Asif Nawaz, Director and Chief Software Architect at Vesica Limited.

We anticipate that the management team will make more information available in the first quarter of 2011, potentially offering courses to students in the second or third quarter of 2011.

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