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Isabelle Noor’s Smile of a Woman art exhibition

BY Jan DSa, November 24th, 2016
Isabelle Noor’s Smile of a Woman art exhibition
Isabelle Noor is on a mission. A one that mean look like it’s just a drop in the ocean but one with a magnitude of changing lives at a whole new level. Her journey is about bringing the smile of a woman to the hearts, minds and spirits of one and all who care to be part of her life journey. One 12th November 2016, this French artist exhibited the ‘Smile of a Woman’ exhibition at the Cartoon Art Gallery, Al Quoz. Opened by the French Consul General and the Director of Alliance Française, Bernard Frontero and curated by popular artist activist and curator,...

Lazy Brunch at Dusty’s Dubai

BY Jan DSa, October 25th, 2016
Lazy Brunch at Dusty’s Dubai
I was a bit concerned when I found out that the Lazy Brunch at Dusty’s Dubai was in the outdoor terrace, considering that it was still hot, after the intense summer heat. My concerns were laid aside when I found myself in a cool clime of the restaurant’s terrace situated in Al Fattan Currency Exchange House, where the tables were set up under umbrellas and the sun only did a peak about half way through the meal. Moreover, the cool breeze swept away any fears of my feeling too hot and sweaty as I settled onto the high seat, next to the water body...
A visit to the House of Bazaar by Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
The House of Bazaar opened it doors to the public at the Mall of the Emirates, as part of the World of Fashion 2016. Hosted by Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, the House of Bazaar piqued my interest as this was the prime place to experience a life of opulence in the area of handcrafted fashion, accessories, lifestyle, blended in with a spot of wellness.  Accompanying me to take the photos that you see below, was Sally Jane Images. Photos taken by her are marked as such. The Fashion Dome, also called the Central Galleria, became the focal point of the House...

Rise of the Upcycling Artists

BY Jan DSa, October 2nd, 2016
Rise of the Upcycling Artists
I first met Jeff Scofield, Art Director, Gallery 76, at Dubai International Art Centre (DIAC), when he invited a bunch of us artists under the ZeeArts Community umbrella to celebrate International Migrants Day at DIAC. (Read more about our painting session here). Since then, I’ve noticed the rise of the upcycling artists around town – artists who are passionate about bringing a new purposeful (repurposed if you like) message about incorporating seemingly ‘unrecycl-able’ things that would otherwise go to the landfill, into our artwork. ...

Bespoke corporate uniforms making process by Ronai

BY Jan DSa, September 24th, 2016
Bespoke corporate uniforms making process by Ronai
If you have ever wondered what it is like to design and stitch bespoke corporate uniforms, well here is an insight into the process as shown to me by Ronai at the Hotel Show. It is an eye opener especially if you are a fashion designer or a product designer as the approach towards making corporate uniforms is quite different; it’s almost technical and specific steps need to be followed so that the right results are achieved. To support the blog story, here is a visual representation of the process that Ronai followed to create dnata corporate uniforms....

A del-art-ful perspective at the Hotel Show, Dubai

BY Jan DSa, September 20th, 2016
A del-art-ful perspective at the Hotel Show, Dubai
There was so much to see at the Hotel Show Dubai 2016, so many art and design demonstrations to take part in, interesting people to chat to about their hospitality related products and services and more. I just ran out of time to speak to all of them but here are a few exhibitors that I caught up with. In this blog story, I have focussed on some of the art galleries, interior design companies and art consulting firms. As an artist, I love hearing what prompted them to set up shop, their inspirations and their goals for the future. The Hotel Show Dubai 2016...
6th edition of Against the Tides art exhibition opens at Cartoon Art Gallery
Cartoon Art Gallery boasted of a full house on Thursday, 1 September 2016 – the opening night of Against the Tides 2016 art exhibition.  Thanks to W2W events founder, Zareen Khan, 30 artists (including myself) showcased their concept of ‘Diversity’ through breath-taking pieces of artwork that occupied both the floors of the art gallery.  Artists included Sree Lakshmi, Sarrah Tambawala, Pari Sagar, Eizabeth Bruce, Samar Kamel, Sandhya Rajan, Batool Jafri, Nissa Riyas, Dima Al Malakeh, Taline Balian, Romy Ravindran, Parul Parasramka, Shiba...
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...
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