Monday, 27 August 2018

Naqsh Collective

Today I was able to view the 5th Jameel Prize at the V&A in London. The Jameel Prize is a biennial award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic art. Part of the display was a wooden and brass shawl created by the Naqsh Collective who are sisters: architect Nisreen Abudail and graphic designer Nermeen Abudail. They have been exploring using embroidery design in woodwork, and preserving ancient traditions of Palestinian needlework in sculpture. This work is the culmination of five years intensive research and study which is now embedded in laser cut timber and brass to create a sculptural shawl.

That shawl . . . which was once swaying on her shoulderBrought warmth to her childThe same shawl she used to collect the olives from the trees of her land,That shawl . . . here are the remains of it . . . shawl.

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