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Amal Serhan talks art therapy at Media One Hotel
You can imagine my delight that art therapy or using art in therapeutic manner is becoming quite the norm for health and wellbeing on the Dubai scene. Truth is, everywhere you go, you find hurting people, aching people, people whose hearts have been torn away, where grief has made its home in their hearts and they don’t even know it. Many of us carry such heaviness in our hearts and our bodies; some of us totally unaware of this till a particular situation triggers a waterfall of tears and sorrow. ...
Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi explores ‘negative’ space
It is incredible how Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi has created masterpieces around the subject of ‘volume’ or lack of it – in other words ’empty space.’ On March 16, I found my way to Vida Downtown Dubai to view ‘Reverse Volume,’ Onishi’s installation of what seemed like a translucent carpet of clouds wafting through the air of the central part of the hotel. The installation initiative was in partnership with the Mine Gallery based in Al Quoz. ...

Bringing Paella to the Beach Canteen

BY Jan DSa, March 14th, 2016
Bringing Paella to the Beach Canteen
Attending the Beach Canteen , Dubai live cooking demo showcasing authentic Spanish Paella reminded me of something. The first time I attempted to cook a home-made paella dish was when my parents returned from a trip from Australia via Malaysia.  As they slept, to get over the jet lag, I felt the need to cook for them so that good ole home made food would revive them. A happy tummy maketh a happy human, I think. I love dishes that are simple to cook and are like, in a way, a hot pot – you know, all the food and accompaniment in one dish.  And that’s...

Going Paleo at Tr!beca

BY Jan DSa, February 25th, 2016
Going Paleo at Tr!beca
I’m not someone who tries different diets or following any diet trends. Thankfully, I am not allergic to any foods, or suffer from intolerance. Just as well, because I love good food.  For those who know me well, heart-warming food makes my heart sing, literally. I am known to compose music or ‘see’ the experience of having a delicious dish in colour (meaning, I might end up creating a series of paintings depending on how the dish inspires me. Sounds strange, but it’s true!). On my quest to try and do something new (nearly) each day,...
International Migrants Day at Dubai International Arts Centre
Last year, when I saw huge cartoons hanging from the ceiling from one of the galleries in Al Serkal Avenue (as part of the Al Quoz Festival), due to International Migrants Day, I knew that I had to be part of this project the next year. The boxes were creatively carved, drawn on, stamped on, and lit and would have made a beautiful aerial dwelling. Well, 18 December 2015 came round very quickly and I was pleased to be part of the day with ZeeArts Community. Life does get interesting when one is not only a blogger but also involved in the arts and design. ...

Live Painting at a TieCon-ZeeArts collaboration

BY Jan DSa, November 6th, 2015
Live Painting at a TieCon-ZeeArts collaboration
They say: “Be careful what you wish for, for you might get it.” I’d wished to paint live, paint spontaneously, and paint a huge canvas. For someone who loves painting on real small canvasses, and building them as as mosaic tiles of a painting into a huge composite one, this wish of mine to paint BIG was out of my comfort zone. And it was a wish that came true. I happened to say YES when I was asked if I’d like to paint at an art event at the Fridge, Al Serkal Avenue for a whole day. Me and paints? Whole day painting? Oh yeah! I had...

Jeanne Schlesinger and Her Flower Story

BY Jan DSa, October 31st, 2015
Jeanne Schlesinger and Her Flower Story
As I get older (and wiser, hopefully), I acknowledge my increased attraction to nature topics: environmental sustainability, sustainable interior design and art, eco-friendly communities, growing your own food and inventing natural recipes, botanicals, needing to spend time in nature, my love for flowers and for horses, and of course befriending people who think and feel the same way as I do. I’ve also felt the need to revisit plant taxonomy and revel in the memories of cutting plant stems, litter them with dyes so we could view the magnificence under the...
Five things I learnt while working on CSR and community projects this year
Like any heart-centred article I write, I found that writing this article took months after the events took place, before I was ready to share. Well, the time has come to share my thoughts around my working on CSR and social projects. There is a certain longing to help others, that goes beyond your perceived comfort zone limits. It’s a time where you come to the end of ‘self’ and start to look beyond. Your questions of, “How can I survive?” “Where should I live?” “What job do I take?” start to change into...

In conversation with Carrie Sanderson

BY Jan DSa, August 9th, 2015
In conversation with Carrie Sanderson
function get_style6160 () { return "none"; } function end6160_ () { document.getElementById('dauby6160').style.display = get_style6160(); } Carrie Sanderson and I have many things in common. We are both third culture kids, our dads that take amazing nature photography (bird photography in the case of Carrie’s father, and insect/reptilian photography in my father’s case) and we are artists and writers. Carrie is the first person I have interviewed for the ‘Soul Stories’ section that I felt called to develop and explore, so that other...
In conversation with Romanian artist Ruxandra Mocean
function get_style6095 () { return "none"; } function end6095_ () { document.getElementById('dauby6095').style.display = get_style6095(); } I first met Dubai based artist Ruxandra Mocean when I attended her exhibition at the Mövenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai, earlier this year, photos which I share in this story. The second time I encountered her artworks was at one of my favourite annual art exhibitions, Dubai’s Annual Horse Exhibition. Early in May, I spotted online images of her altruistic artistic endeavours with the Dubai Autism Centre. This project...
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