Friday, December 10, 2010

Featured Artist - Shaikha Al Matrooshi

Salaam ..
few weeks back I started a section on my facebook page & Emirates Quilling Guilds page ... where an artist will be featured displaying his/her creations and more :)
so .. lets get started with our first featured artist ..

* بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم *

Our featured artist today

is non other than the talented lady of vibrant colors

Ms. Shaikha Almatrooshi

I met her at a workshop

and one look & you could tell this lady has this artistic ora around her

she amazed me with how quick she was working her way through paper strips and with details too

and only later I found out that she is in fact a true artist

so .. what say you?

shall we dig into her books and research about her ?

naah .. you don't have to .. we already did that for you .. just sit back ..

read and enjoy :)

Shaikha Almatrooshi - United Arab Emirates

We started by asking her about her early start with quilling?

* Shaikha :

it was around 2008 as I was looking for a special new way to make a Birthday card

and while I was searching, paper quilling method popped up, and I didn’t know what it was called at that time, but it was more interesting for me.

In July 2010 I attended a workshop at SLC and I think that was the beginning

Q: Did you start reading books after that? or what were your sources?

* Shaikha :

I don’t have the chance to read books about paper quilling as frequently as I wish,

but to me the internet is the easy way to read about anything,

and lets say Amna Al Fard is my main source :)

Q: Do you attend workshops or give workshops ?

* Shaikha :

Although I'm trying but I don’t attend many workshops

Though I'd love to give a decoupage workshop one day

Q: I've seen some of your work which is great, so could you tell us about the other hobbies or art forms you spend your time with?

* Shaikha :

I loved art as long as remember. I can say that I’m not a beginner but for sure I crossed a long way in the art path.My hobbies do not include art only, I love sports , reading , cooking and problem solving. My art life includes not only coloring which I still love but also Decoupage , fabric painting , glass painting , recently paper quilling and I think any thing that joins colors and imagination.

Q: We’d like to know more about you, do you work? study ? has art affected these aspects of your life?

* Shaikha :

For the mean time I don’t work or study but I can say that I have a small business with decoupage. Practicing my hobbies is affecting my life positively for sure, it’s what makes me go sometimes.

As a mother for two I sometimes get this moment when I forget how I can enjoy my time , so having a hobby made my life , gave me strength and it takes me to a special world where my hands are talking silently to make a piece of art.

Q: Have you gained any benefit from your art? what kind of benefit ?

* Shaikha :

The benefits of art in my life are many. Mainly killing my time . having a nice time with my kids as sometimes they like to watch and ask , which is a good mother-kids bonding time .

I love decorating my house , making gifts instead of buying them

and many many that I don’t remember now :)


Shaikha believes that art plays a large part in making our lives

She said : even if you can’t draw or don’t like coloring or you think you don’t know how, choosing your clothes is an art , choosing the colors of your food is another type of art.

I cant imagine my life without it .... can you ??!!

We agree Shaikha, and we thank you for your time and enthusiasm

and hope that inshaAllah we can attend your decoupage workshops soon :)

no don't go .. wait .. take a look at her work of course ;)

BIG THANKS to our artist * Shaikha Almatrooshi *

Best Wishes
Amna Al Fard

1 comment:

  1. Thats some gorgeous projects Shaikha. You are so talented. Love your colors and patterns too. The bowl with the large quilled flowers are a darling. Mashallah.
    Amna, thanks for introducing us to such a fab artist.
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