Whether you call ARTE a fair, a souk, or a market, it is the best venue in town and the only one offering pure handmade arts and crafts. With two locations (Dubai and RAK), three times a month (2nd, 3rd and 4th Friday), ARTE works endlessly to bring our artisans’ creations to the UAE audience. Catch us this weekend, Friday 27th Feb at Times Square Center, Dubai.
In addition to our regular markets, we are excited to announce that we have a special event in March: ARTE is participating in the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, 3 – 7 March. For more details, please visit our website and keep an eye out for next week’s blog.
The focus this week: mirrors.
The colourful and varied vendors at ARTE blends together to form a unity in unique creativity— just like the crafts such as collage, decoupage and mosaic assemble a variety of items together. To reflect this craftsmanship, we focus our attention to a few artisans using different techniques of decoupage and mosaics to create magical mirrors.
Rajaa Kassem from Starfish Designs is a Palestinian-Lebanese national. A long term resident of Dubai, she is a full time biology teacher. The name Starfish is derived from her love of the marine animal and its ability to regenerate after injury. For Rajaa, her decoupage is more than a hobby- it acts as therapy for stress relief.
Images courtesy of Starfish Designs.
Coming from Belgrade in Serbia, Svetlana started “playing with mosaic” since she moved to Dubai two years ago. Taking a break from her profession as a mechanical engineer, Svetlana appreciates that she finally had the time to develop her love of mosaics. See her Facebook page for more designs and products.
Images courtesy of Svetlana Babic.
The Mosaic Box
South African crafter Stacey Daghash loves mosaic and “really enjoy the freedom that comes with choosing your own designs and colours to make something beautiful and elegant”. Wanting to share her passion with others, Stacey sources mosaic materials from all over the world and prepare the DIY kits to inspire everyone to explore their creativity. You can find more details on The Mosaic Box here.
Images courtesy of The Mosaic Box.
You can find our ARTE team at the registration desk in Times Square Center this Friday from 10 am to 7pm. The ARTE market opens at 12 – 7 pm. View our website for more details on ARTE, the team, the members and on where to find us next!