Artists & Geometers
There is an amazing community of artists who create art, sell products and also teach or tutor Islamic Geometric Patterns or other related art forms from Illumination to Calligraphy to Sacred Geometry.
Artist, graphic designer & teacher with a wide range of skills analogue and digital. Ameet has shared a fair amount of his extensive analsysis and instruction via social media & his blog and teaches regularly at the PSTA as well as working on commissions.
Esra has studied Islamic illumination with several tutors around the world, building up her knowledge of patterns and experience in the methods & traditions of Islamic Illumination. She teaches in London, Manchester and online via her online course and YouTube channel.
A Lebanese artist based in London, with many talents from working with natural pigments to creating beautiful handmade items of wonder and beauty. She also has several resources for constructing patterns on:
The eightfold rosette is the wrong construction, but all other Islamic Geometric Patterns are perfectly proportioned with some patterns from other traditions and art forms included.
Artist & researcher with experience in both the analogue and digital, creating a wide range of art in the form of laser cut patterns, light art, paintings and sculptures. ALso teaching in and around London.
Artist, author and PSTA Tutor with extensive teaching experience at the PSTA and outreach work in their international centres. Also authored the beautiful Curves book published by Wooden books.
Artist with a full time job, who still manages to offer beautiful cards, prints and original artwork for sale via her website.
Watercolour artist and geometer with an extensive portfolio based on her many travels and study trips.
Artist and graphic designer with experience in both the analogue and digital, teaching how to draw Islamic Geometric patterns regularly at VCU in Qatar.
Traditional artist and geometer with an interest in many traditional art forms. Occasionally teaches at Ardington School of Crafts.
Traditional artist with a distinct portfolio in geometry, calligraphy and islimi/tehzip. Also teaching Arabic Calligraphy in and around London.
Artist with a penchant for drawing and painting miniature Islamic Geometric Patterns. Has lead a few workshops in teh summer of 2019.
Ricardo offers workshops/zoom sessions on paper folding, origami & Islamic origami as well as producing amazing 3D art of his own. It's fascinating to see the insight people have gained by learning about compass & straight edge constructions through just folding paper with Ricardo.
There are alot of videos on Youtube and some very popular ones have spread construction & poor proportion errors widely. So the below are my recommendations:
İstanbul Tasarım Merkezi Istanbul Design Center
Online Reference Resources
An extensive archive of images of patterns in situ from around the world. As well as drawings, diagrams & analyses and earlier published materials.
This excellent database has three aims:
Provide a comprehensive collection of high quality images of geometric tiling patterns; Provide a means of locating images by means of their geometric properties; Provide an authoritative source for such patterns.
Places to Learn in Person
London based & worldwide
Founded in 2008 by Adam Williamson and Richard Henry, AOIP offer courses and workshops on Islamic Art & Design in London and on international study trips to a variety of locations, including Istanbul, Fez, Granada and Cairo as well as visits to USA and Australia.
London based with Centres worldwide
The Prince’s Foundation, School of Traditional Arts was founded in 2004 by HRH The Prince of Wales. It developed from the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts Programme (VITA) established at The Royal College of Art in 1984 by Professor Keith Critchlow. The PSTA's Open Programme offers lectures, workshops and short, practical courses in traditional arts and crafts. Other centres:
SAOG run short courses and symposia in the practice and philosophy of Sacred Geometry and the arts of the Quadrivium at SAOG Studios and Emerson College in Sussex, UK and worldwide.
Hosts a wide range of classes & courses, but is now the base for Mohamad AlJanabi, who runs courses there regularly.
Through The School of Design, Shaheen has been running short courses on geometry and other art traditional art forms.
A talented and experienced artist, who has held workshops in Birmingham as well as one to one tutoring. and kids workshops.
Facebook Groups & Pages
Alan Adams created this group as a place to share information and instruction on Islamic Geometric Design. An excellent forum where patterns & constructions are shared and discussed. Note also the file section where you can find many construction PDFs which teach how to draw patterns. Alan has created a website where all his resources can now be found:
Ayman Soliman created this group to share his and others analysis of Islamic geometric patterns and design.
A wonderful opportunty to learn from someone who clearly has a wealth of authentic and indepth knowledge. Many vidoes and step by step PDFs have been posted already.
Rajen has posted many detailed step by step tutorials on some amazing and unusual patterns - it's so good to see more complex ones that arent shared elsewhere.
In particular, I return to a pattern from Madrassa Attarine, This pattern has been published widely and done so incorrectly. So with many thanks to Rajen, we can now fix the inconsistences in the rosettes surrounding the central rosette.