Reaching the half way mark of the month can mean only one thing: it is time for ARTE in Al Hamra Mall, RAK this weekend. Support this market by taking a leisurely trip up to RAK on Friday 20th February. Al Hamra Mall has a bright and welcoming reception area perfect for showcasing our artisans’ creations. Find the location map here, the poster below and the future dates for this RAK market is on the bookmark.
Featured Artisans this week
ARTE prides itself on providing unique individual handmade items. It does not come more original than these quirky, unusual and interesting textile based characters designed by Maxim and Zineddine respectively.
Both artisans are very passionate about their work and their creations. Their enthusiasm for their unique take on soft toys is truly contagious and inspiring. Chatting to them after a fabulous day selling and shopping at the ARTE market was refreshing and motivating. Meet them here:
Pizo Products by Zineddine Messa
Pizo is one of Algerian artist Zineddine’s many nicknames. Describing his own work as “cute and weird”, Pizo’s enthusiasm is infectious. The neatly hand-stitched detail in his work hints to his experience as a precise draughtsman. It is an interesting mix: his felted textile characters are as thoughtfully constructed as the buildings he is learning to create as an architecture student. The inspiration from Japanese culture is evident in the characters’ similarities with the Japanese Manga (graphic novel culture) and Kawai styles (Kawaii meaning ‘cute’ or Kowai meaning ‘scary’). We are grateful that Pizo travels every month from Abu Dhabi to show is cute and weird creations at ARTE in Times Square Center. You can see more of his work on his website.
Images courtesy of Zineddine’s Facebook page.
Ánthrōpos morphē by MICESPLICECREATIONS
A new addition to ARTE, Russian artisan Maxim from MICESPLICECREATIONS has been living in Dubai on/off since 1994. He refers to his work as “sculpting with textiles”. Maxim begins by designing his characters in 2D, but admits he re-designs them once they are translated in to 3D. The larger- than- life sized bunnies, also reminiscent of mice-like features, are created from a raw canvas such as lined or cotton. Added details such as exaggerated long ears or Japanese origami cranes are added, which emphasizes Maxim’s ability in constructing and sculpting his textile art. Maxim also paints and draws on to raw materials such as wood, in a more graphic, monochromatic style. This all adds to the minimal sinister elements to his work. These ‘toys’ are equally suitable for the quirky adult audience, as well as for a new born, but they will sure be a welcome addition to any family home who appreciates unique talents. Follow him on instagram @ micesplicecreations .
Images courtesy of Maxim’s Facebook page.
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