BIOGRAPHY



For me, textiles are more than pieces of cloth: they appear in many different forms communicating cultural, religious, social and political history. The meaning of textiles from another culture may not always be immediately understood but the potential is recognised which then creates curiosity.

Air, peace and tranquillity: words that are part of Islam and Islamic Art and Architecture, all influence my work. Although the style, colour and shape of Islamic Art vary, due to the country of its origin, Islamic Art and Architecture in general has a sense of spirituality. I feel peaceful, spiritual and inspired when I enter a mosque or pray. At the same time I am inspired by nature as well as the historical, fine and delicate cotton muslin or silk sarees of Bangladesh. The phrase “ Baf-thana” meaning “ woven air” is used to describe these textiles, which triggers a magical thought within me and inspires me to weave.

Therefore the textiles I weave are more than mere pieces of cloth; for me they represent the sanctity, beauty and serenity of Islam along with nature and are the revival of cultural form and technique.

Currently, I am weaving with fine natural materials: Egyptian cotton, Chinese silk, English merino wool and Japanese yarns. I dye my own colours using both natural and chemical dyes.

For the last five years I have been teaching textile technology as well as art and design. This has led me to research art, craft and design from different cultures through which I have designed schemes of work for teaching natural fibres, fabric construction and hands on creative projects using different materials.

Inspirations, Key Techniques and Materials:

My travels, Islam and Nature, Japanese Kasuri Technique, Bangladeshi Jamdhani technique, Fine Japanese and Chinese Silk, Egyptian Cotton, Merino wool, Spun silk, Gummed Silk

Current Position: Hand-weaver and Textiles Technology/Art and Design Teacher

 Education:

1999 - 2000: PGCE in Secondary Art and Design

Institute Of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H OAL

1995 - 1998: BA (Hons) Woven Textiles FIRST CLASS

Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Falkner Rd, Farnham, Surrey GU9

1994 - 1995: Foundation in Art and Design

Chelsea College of Art and Design, Hugon Rd, London SW6

Exhibitions:

Dec.2003-30 th Jan 2004: Crafts / All Set for Christmas

Ropestore- The Studio Gallery, Gloucestershire

September 2003: Maka Textile Collaboration

Como Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

May-Sept. 2003: Summer Show

Livingstone studio, Hamstead, London

Jan - Feb 2003: Designer Crafts 2003, Mall Galleries, London

Jan - March 2003: Yatra- A journey, a collaborative exhibition at the following venues:

Riverhouse, Walton on Thames; Farnham Maltings, Farnham

March - Aug 2002: Best of British Islam Festival 2002

ArRum, London

Jan - Feb 2002: Designer Crafts 2002

Mall Galleries, London

July 2000: PGCE Exhibition with countermarch and weaving demonstration/workshop, Institute Of Education, London

March 1999: Textile Exchange Exhibition

Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Shuri , Japan

January 1999: Society of Designer Craftsman - Annual Winter Exhibition

Mall Galleries, London

October 1998: The Cloth Show - New Designer Award

Business Design Centre, London

Awards:

Awarded MBE for Arts in London 2005

Mar 2004:
Alhambra Award for Excellence in art, Muslim News, Uk

Feb 2002: Elected to Full Membership, Society of Designer Craftsmen.

July 1999: Awarded Licentiate with Distinction, Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Invited to exhibit at Annual Winter Exhibition

Aug 1998: New Designer Award, TexPrint 1998

July 1997: The Ella McCloed Award for Best Woven Textile

Professional experience:

27 th-28 th 2004 : Weave Demonstration at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre

19 th Oct 2001 : Lecture on Islamic Art/Architecture and Weaving Workshop

Colwell Arts in Education Centre, Gloucestershire

19 th Jul 2001: Tie-Dye Workshop: WARWICK school, London

May - Aug 1999: Part-time Design Room Assistant, Parry Murray & Co., Surrey

Oct 1998-Sept 1999: Artist in Resident- Quintin Kynaston School, London

4 th Dec 1998: Textile Workshop: Paddington Green Primary School