Art is something that embodies the essence of the artist. The artist him/herself can use their artwork to preserve their own cultural identity, or even the identity of a different culture. In the Islamic world, Arabesque is the essence of Islamic art. Distinctive for its aesthetically pleasing geometric patterns, Arabesque Islamic art has been adopted by many artists of various cultures around the world since the 9th century. Acknowledging the uniqueness of this decorative art, Adam Williamson and Richard Henry decided in 2008 to establish in the UK the “Art of Islamic Pattern”, an institute that teaches the beautiful Islamic pattern art. This institute has been turning heads with the art and creativity bursting forth from its students ever since!
Art of Islamic Pattern give courses inside the UK as well as internationally.
Scilla illuminating her drawing with shell gold on last weeks Summer School. A pattern recently analysed by @adamwilliamsonart a hexagonal repeat from Kerman, Persia cropped in a root 3 rectangle. #arabesque #islamicpattern #islamicart #geometry #islamicgeometry #gold #goldleaf #shellgold #persia #adamwilliamsonart
Islamic Art developed from simple star patterns dating back to as early as the 9th century. The most prominent feature of this type of art is the 8 pointed star.
The artwork created through these courses at the Institute is truly intricate and beautiful. The institute takes their students on several trips throughout the Arab world to study the patterns of architecture so they can incorporate them into their own workshops.
Spreading Islamic pattern art means spreading the culture it carries, for a more tolerant world!
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