Safeefah x Japanese Grass - Al Bait's Sider drawing

by Patricia Swannell

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This piece has been produced during the "Design Labs" initiative by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council.
Dimension LxWxH (cm): 56x76
Limited Editions Material : Graphite on Arches Aqurelle Paper
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Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council collaborated with Patricia Swannell and Kazuhito Takadoi from the UK-based Jaggedart Gallery, who share a rapport with the natural world, using and being inspired by organic materials and approaching their practice in a measured, labour intensive and serene way.

Despite each artist having their own distinct art language, the result of this collaboration was an inspiring dialogue and deeper understanding and appreciation
of Sharjah.

In the “Safeefah x Japanese Grass” Design Lab, three wall tapestries incorporating Emirati palm fronds and Japanese grass were produced by Takadoi and Irthi’s Bidwa artisans.*

The tapestries reflect the landscapes of Sharjah through the eyes of Takadoi, who is a UK-based, V&A acquired and Loewe shortlisted artist.

Artisans from Irthi’s Bidwa Social Development Programme* combined their knowledge of EmiratiSafeefah* weaving techniques with Takadoi’s renewed Japanese embroidery techniques to produce delicate woven elements that link Emirati and Japanese landscapes.


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New Solid is a vision to feel and live with art. It is the first show of Casa Nueva, a livable gallery space and apartment hotel initiated by designers River Valadez and Sebastián Arroyo Hoebens, built on the idea that art can be inhabited. We invite visitors to participate in the dialogue among transdisciplinary works from the contemporary art and design scene. It concerns functional art designed and conceived by artists from two magnificent cities, Mexico City and New York, in a correlation founded in geometry, technology, and crafts. The artworks, bliss for the contemplative eye and a joy to use, will invite the beholder to examine the floating and multidimensional character of concepts such as mass, volume, or weight. The location, equipped as a functional living space, can be found in the historical center of Mexico City. The event will be part of the Design Week Mexico festivities in partnership with Adorno, acting as the international design and logistics platform, as well as Ángulo Cero, an Art Gallery with astonishing designs located in Mexico City, and with the support of Yunuen Sariego, promoter and curator of contemporary art based in Mexico City.