Wedding bells and cards, the Bespoke way

Congrats to regular ARTE-san vendor, Bespoke Cards Dubai Owner Amanda Spriggs, on the joyous occasion of her lovely daughter's imminent June wedding.  For this auspicious occasion, Amanda has shared with us the process of making the unique wedding invites for her daughter's wedding. So how did the whole plan about creating the cards come about? [...]

Keen on Bags and Oil Cloth

I (Jan) never knew what an oil cloth was till Carinne Abou-Huguet, Owner of Keen Bags, explained to me.  The oil cloth is basically the plastic looking material that you see in most of the Keen bag products (note the shiny bits on the Keen bags in the photos below). The Oil cloth actually keep [...]

Fantastic ‘Artystik’ by Arthi Srinivasan

It is amazing how artists can use artwork as a way of demonstrating a point or an issue that is close to their heart. Arthi Srinivasan is one such artist, who, at this point in time is involved in raising awareness on the education of children in rural India. Her current series, titled ‘Emancipation from [...]

It’s Raining (stuffed) cats and dogs!

In the creative world, we can give ourselves permission to be any kind of creative thing we want to be; or do amazing things that rock the creative hearts and minds of all.  In real life, summer may be upon us, but we allow ourselves to imagine that rain does away with creative blocks we [...]

One Card To Rule Them All…

One Card to rule them all, One Card to find them, One Card to bring them all and always have a card on hand, no matter what. Meet Clara Townsend - a Dubai College student who recently began her very own laptop fund from the sales of her unique handmade greeting cards at ARTE. Between [...]

Mummy’s No. 1 Inspiration

Bahraini-born, Mona Al-Alawi is the lucky mother of a beautiful little girl who is also the inspiration behind her baby accessories line, The.Little.Lady. Specializing in handmade hair accessories for little ones, her collection currently ranges from hair clips & hair bands to luxurious ribbons & sashes, specifically made for a baby or toddler’s fine and [...]