The 3rd in the gang of Yotube Videos, for those of you who often ask for Video Tutorials. My thinking was that this book: Islamic Art and Architecture: System of Geometricby Issam El-Said and Tarek El-Bouri
is a wonderful resource and so this would be great to accompany it.
Hope you enjoy it, let me know how you get on with this Fig Leaf Motif pattern.
Hello Geometry fans, I have details of my first workshops in London. Some perfect for beginners and some for those with previous geometry experience, but basically all who are curious about the patterns they may have seen in the Islamic World and beyond!
You won't need to bring anything with you, all materials and equipment will be supplied. However if you're anything like me, you may have a favourite set of colours (felt pens, pencils, paints!?) that you are welcome to bring along with you.
Advance bookings via the Islamic Geometry workshop page, any questions or queries, feel free to contact me. Hope to see some of you there!
When I referred back to images of this pattern, the proportions were not the same as I first tried. So after many trials, I came up with a proportion I was satisfied with. Then followed this video. Enjoy!
First and foremost, I have to thank Muʿallim Mourtadi Noureddine for opening up the mystery of this design. His easy to follow video, with compass free perfect curves in chalk on a blackboard are just a glimpse into the skills these talented craftsman have.
مُعَلِّم = Mu’allim = master of a trade , teacher, instructor, tutor, pedagogue, educator
If you've been to Morocco, I'm pretty sure you would have seen this pattern: carved into plaster, mixed with floral motifs; in zellige mosaics, sometimes with a double or single weave; on the walls of a minarets, palaces and those that surround mighty gates. I grew to love it as I saw it time and time again in Fes.
Finding the video, was perfect, I gave it a go immediately and then had to make a version. So here it is, enjoy and do share your attempts, any which way you can.
I couldn't be this indulgent on instagram, so with thanks to the wonderful google autobackup, I can access and share the 1001 photos I seem to take! From constructing a pattern to painting and sometimes gilding it.
My geometry sets arrived today, so I wanted to make sure they were fit for purpose: The purpose of constructing supremely accurate geometric designs on a budget.
Buying compass sets for workshop use isn’t going to have the same criteria as buying one for personal use. It wouldn't have been feasible to buy anything over £10 , after all I needed 15 and I don't have a money tree in my garden.
After much deliberation, I chose the Helix Precision Plus Drawing Set A33002.
Based on two big reasons plus one minor:
1. The thumbwheel. Compasses with a thumbwheels are super useful in making those tiny adjustments and them staying put at the exact radius set. This set came with two compasses, both having a thumbwheel. Perfect. The large one has quick release mechanism. So win, win and a medal too.
2. The pen clamp. We don't always want to use the HB lead, and in my case, I never use it! So a pen clamp is vital, I can then construct with any pen or pencil of my choice. Freedom.