"Surely, We have revealed this Qur’an during the Night of Power. And what will make you know what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and Jibreel come down therein, by the order of their Lord, with all the commands. Peace it is, till the rise of dawn." - Surah Al-Qadr verses 1-5
Doing it all over again.
"Who I Am Inside"
This is the second in a series I’m doing where I’m combining princesses with the seasons pieces by Alphonse Mucha. I’m trying to tweak the outfits a bit to make them more my own/to fit the art nouveau genre a bit better. In addition, I’m trying to make them more realistic but still recognizable.
You can get this on Society6, Teepublic and Redbubble—it’s available on a host of goodies: shirts, prints, etc. Signed prints coming to my Etsy store soon!
P.S. I chose this outfit because it fits the art nouveau style better, and, frankly, I would not have enjoyed drawing her military one. So I didn’t.
If I start drawing things I don’t enjoy to please others, then it becomes just a job, and that’s the last thing I want to happen. Everyone wants me to draw everything exactly how they want it—and then they feel entitled to criticize me for not capturing their vision—but it would be impossible to capture everyone’s’! So, I draw what I like and that’s really all I can do. :)
"Let Me In"
Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart
This illustration is a parody/mash-up of sorts that I (Megan Lara) created— I based it exactly on Mucha’s art nouveau pieces “The Cowslip" and "The Feather,” which I quite often see as a diptych. I have several different versions of this available as prints and things! I packed a ton of references into these pieces, some more subtle than others. :) I hope you enjoy it! I had a blast creating it. :)
The original version, with the exact layout based on Mucha’s pieces, can be found as a print on Redbubble.
The cropped version, which I think frames better than the original version, can be found on Society6 (currently has a promo for $5 off each item and free shipping!) as a print, mug, pillow, tote bag, etc!
The version I created for t-shirts (in order to get rid of the boxy design, I used several of Mucha’s flourishes to make it more aesthetically pleasing, and added text) is available as a shirt on Society6 ($5 off plus free shipping until midnight on April 13th-also available on things other than shirts), Design By Humans and Redbubble (kid’s clothes available on Redbubble and Society6 btw!) and Teepublic (the cheapest option!)
AND finally, signed prints available in my Etsy store. :)
Strewn across wire hangers, twelve-square-foot embroideries intersect and zigzag across the exhibition space. .
Each ‘window’ , its motifs, stitches and patterns, represent a central region of Palestine: Upper and Lower Galilee, Jaffa, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Hebron, the coastal strip of Gaza and Central Gaza and Beersheba in southern Palestine. Following a tradition from mother to daughter for centuries is passed, each panel provides an insight into the heritage of Palestinian art embroidery, one of the enduring and tangible aspects of Palestinian culture.
Each panel was been carefully planned by Malak Abdul Rahim and highlights decades of research of Palestinian handicrafts, embroidered by the finest embroiderers of Inaash. Mona Hatoum carried out this work work in collaboration with the Lebanese initiative Inaash (Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps), a non-governmental organization that provides Palestinian women in Lebanese refugee camps an opportunity to practice their traditional embroidery techniques, and safeguard the art-practice and cultural memory they exercise. Each region of Palestine developed distinct patterns, passed on from mother to daughter, for centuries. "Twelve Windows" stands in remembrance of these distinct cultural identities, and their relationships.
However, Hatoum has folded in staggered, and bisecting wires that hold each embroidery piece via cloths pins. To view each piece the viewer must navigate both the visual and physical obstacles each panel provides. In chorus with the rest of the exhibition, allusions to threatening schisms and rifts are made…
The last image is a piece called Reflection which sits adjacent to 12 Windows. Reflection is another delicate work that plays upon transparency and lightness. A photograph of the artist’s mother sewing, taken in 1948 in Beirut, is printed on three layers of tulle. This technique gives the impression of three dimensions and movement; the subject seems present, just as it fades away.
*Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any english coverage of the exhibition she is showing this work in, and so I’ve had to rely on google translations of several german and swedish texts. Consequently i’ve had to rely on some heavy grammar and content edits by myself. If anyone can translate the original exhibition text and press release into english or arabic, please do so!
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Thanks TriniChow for posting this!
People will stare. Make it worth their while → Temperley London | Pre-Spring ‘13
I’m not going to talk about the first part of this ask, because there have been a million answers regarding it and I feel like I wouldn’t be adding anything new. Instead, I want to address the second part of this ask.
Israel and western media have been really successful in creating this dichotomy between Muslims and Jews. If you only listen to mainstream media for your news, you’d think that Muslims and Jews have been enemies since the dawn of time. This is absolutely 100% false.
While the Jewish communities in Europe were suffering from pogroms, huge Jewish communities thrived in the Arab and Islamic world. There was a massive Jewish community in the Maghreb Area, and other smaller ones in Egypt, Iraq and Yemen. Maimonides, one of the most famous and influential Jewish philosophers, physicians and Torah scholars lived and flourished in the Islamic world all his life.
I’m not saying it was all rainbows and sunshine, but there is no natural enmity between Muslims and Jews.
This is why it angers me when people try to claim the issue of Palestine as a religious one, or that of a holy war between Islam and Judaism. When people say this, know instantly that they have no idea what they’re talking about. Zionism started as a secular movement, and originally wasn’t even going to be in Palestine, or even have Hebrew as its national language.
It’s not a coincidence that the first significant clashes and violence between Zionists and Palestinians only happened following the 1917 Balfour Declaration (Basically the British promising the Zionists a homeland in Palestine) and it becoming clear that the Zionist immigrants wanted the land for themselves.
The reason Israels neighbors hate it, is because it’s a settler colonial state embedded in their midst. They hate it, because to exist, it had to engage in ethnic cleansing and war crimes. Plain and simple. It has nothing to do with Judaism. Israel does not represent Judaism.
And it’s also not a Muslim thing. Do Israeli bullets differentiate between Palestinians? Palestinian Christians, Druze and of every other faith are equally oppressed under Israeli occupation, and have all taken part in resistance against Israel. Framing Palestine as a Muslim thing is erasing of all non-Muslim Palestinians and should really stop.
Everyone hates a bully.
And Israel is basically the Dudley Dursley of the Middle East.