Quite Quaint is a tribute to my larger than life parents.
A father who lived his life breathing art in forms of beautiful Arabic Calligraphy, Sketching, Visual graphic design, Writing.
He would be happiest visiting art galleries and meeting his artist friends, when he spoke of their work his eyes shone and words gushed with passion.
He made beautiful art and filled countless sketch pads with his artwork, but never exhibited it, the dream of displaying his work one day... left with him.
Although, while working at ‘Indus Valley Art and Architecture school’ there are many whom he supported and helped find grounds and gain confidence to display.
A mother who has perfected every craft she learned. Watercolor/ oil painting ,sketching, Ceramics, Quilting, Embroidery, Stained Glass painting, Etching, landscaping, Flower Arranging/ Ikebana, Dress designing, Block & Screen printing, Candle making...and the very latest Mosaics.
It was their dream and natural inclination to send me to Art school, however in my rebellious teenage years I started taking for granted, that very environment I had grown up in, I did not think Art was worth my while so I took a more practical approach towards doing Information Technology (If you know the show ‘The IT crowd’, I was not very different from Jen, but today I can send emails, receive emails, delete , enter and so on) 😉
So I grew up, worked in a stuffy corporate environment where my desk was deemed the most colorful and creative in the building, people noticed me not because of my work but what I wore, ( Always a rebel of the corporate dress code ) how I jazzed up my presentations with quirky cartoons and unnecessary bouncy balls ( I look back and laugh at my failed attempts ) 😛 , And lead a nation wide wall art competition that got my department the first prize.
Winning that prize with my team and designing that wall was a definite FML moment for me after 6 years of banking.
When I realized that was the most fun and fulfilling moment I had at work. (face palm)
Revelation: I was an artist at heart, what is an apple to do?
Fast forward, as I grew slightly more and moved to Dubai, the thick skin started shedding and after being around some wonderfully talented men and women, I got reminded of my mom and dad and their passions and talents and how enriched their lives and minds were knowing that they did what they loved most, and it started dawning slowly and surely what my calling was.
I have a long way to go and don't have even 0.5555 percent talent and finesse of my dearest parents, but...
Thanks to, all the Art exhibitions, music festivals, theater and book stores my father took me to, throughout my childhood till I got married.
And thanks to the endless rounds to cloth markets, jewelry stores, carpet sellers, tailors, embroiders, workshops, social engagements my mother took me to
I have, so to speak an ‘eye’ for detail and craftsmanship
I, am a mix of their passions... ‘the Quaint one’
Read my blog posts and learn a little bit more about my very diverse family and growing up