30 x 25cm, Shamsa (or 'little sun' in Persian), Gouache and shell gold (23 carat) on hand seized Paper.
Last Autumn I went on
an Islamic illumination course at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts run
by Ayesha Gamiet, http://ayeshagamiet.comhttp://www.psta.org.uk/publicprogramme/.The course was fantastic I learnt so much. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience on many
levels.It was so satisfying to see
Ayesha at work and observe the patience, discipline and skill required to make
the work.I feel like I gained real tacit knowledge on
the course.As with all highly skilled
activities one learns most through observation and participation.All the books in the world aren’t as good as
simply watching a master at work and then trying to copy them.Many
insights were gained on the course such as learning that rubbing agate stone on
my forehead before burnishing the painted gold adds the lustre that illuminates
the image.I found this process magical
and would never have learnt this on my own.