My new article Unity in Diversity– Reflections on Styles in Islamic Art is published
NAZARLI is a company I set up recentely. NAZARLI offers you stylish, elegant, simple interior decor items designed with respect to Islamic artistic tradition.
So I start with handmade decorative plates. High quality tableware made in England is on its way. Then it is going to be hand printed home textiles and lighting. Really looking forward to it and very excited! Hope you too)))))))
NAZARLI web site is nazarli.co.uk
Сайт NAZARLI на русском nazarlirus.com
Here are some of NAZARLI plates. For the whole collection – see web-site
Really like the glaze colour variation of this zillij panel from Alhambra! | Photos from http://patterninislamicart.com
Islamic geometry design cut out of tracing paper
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The design started from square Kufic calligraphy decoration of Isfahan mosques. Walls resuscitate and become book pages (if you can read Arabic, of course), and it looks so beautiful and delicate. Tile and brick patterns remind carpets put on walls. … Continue reading
Made some sketches on African theme. Don’t know how to use them for textile design yet, need to wait for some enlightment.
Original African textile designs are simple and have a sense of rythm. Tribal culture in general is very much based on ‘rythm’, probably reflecting a heartbeating. Have a look on my African textils collection on http://www.pinterest.com/marinaalin/african-textils/ if you’re interested.
I took my drawings of forest fruits – berries, hazelnuts, wild mushrooms, and pine cones – to create these designs. I wanted them to look sketch-like and airy. I wanted to treat gifts from the forest delicately. Forest was always kind to people providing them with food, and with wood to build and warm up houses. Woods are also a source of fresh air and a home for wildlife. Let’s be thankful to forests.
The inspiration came to me from the harmony of coexistence of natural and artificial shapes. The rectangular shape reflected by the sea I saw in Baku was a first impression that started the story. It was in December so the sea was cold. Then I started to develop the theme of cold harmony. Flowers emerge first in spring when nights are still cold. Steel that is always cold but has a beautiful shine. Grey-green winter sea, waves are coming and coming because of the constant wind. I also came across a picture of a Chilean man wearing woven poncho with a pattern of repeated rectangles which I liked very much. That is how the final “Cold Harmony” pattern was born.
P.s. Picture for the mood board by Joanna Perez Ray for HandEye and by Marina Alin. Painting by Albena Vatcheva
Design for plates
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Text BY ANNIE WATERMAN | HandEye| JULY 21, 2011 Photo COURTESY OF JOHANNA PEREZ RAY The Textiles of the Mapuche. “We are part of nature, and nature is part of us.” More words and photos