Wael Hamadeh and his upcycled work

It is amazing how a well travelled member of human kind finds his journey back into the arms of his homeland, Lebanon. Where ‘the history of stone merges with the beauty of nature, where olive trees dance with the breeze of the valley’ (Reference, Wael Hamadeh’s biography.

Dance on, live on, paint on....Lebanon calling as seen through Wael's eyes.

Dance on, live on, paint on….Lebanon calling as seen through Wael’s eyes.

The biography is as poetic and heavy with ‘dancing’ metaphors, just as Wael’s beautiful paintings are.  The characters in his paintings are filled with nature’s way of expressive arts, whether that is the picking of apples or the gathering of fruits and herbes, whether it is the sweat of his father and forefathers, or the brightness of the sun wiggling its way through the harvest season.

When you see Wael at ARTE, you will notice that he is always painting. There is movement, liveliness, mermerism at its best. Wael believes in social consciousness, so he uses materials such as wood and even throw-a-away tin cans to paint on a make some great pieces of upcycled art. The rust from the cans is quickly covered with luscious dips of acrylic paint and with a flick of lacquer, the painting is sealed for good, never to corrode through the course of time.

Wael demonstrates his painting technique at ARTE

Wael demonstrates his painting technique at ARTE

Like Wael Hamadeh’s facebook page.

His website is worth looking at too. From exhibitions to commissioned work, from coffee sketches to sculptures, the website is replete with the creativity at its best.

The Hand of Khamsa paintings, by Marlene

The ‘Hand of Khamsa’ or the ‘Hand of Fatima’ has become quite popularised in jewelry, keychains and other accessories. Khamsa literally means ‘five’ in Arabic. While the origins of this symbol cannot be pin-pointed in history, it is believed to offer protection (from what some may call ‘evil eye’)

While the Hand of Khamsa is very often, seen in amulents and accessories, it is refreshing to see it used as part of artwork and paintings. And that is what you get to see at Marlene’s stand at ARTE.

The hand of Khamsa painting series by Marlene

The hand of Khamsa painting series by Marlene

Amidst the paintings of her blooming roses, you will see acrylic painted square canvases with the Hand of Khamsa. These make very nifty gift ideas. Marlene obviously has her ‘eye’ on the Hand of Khamsa (no pun intended). She fills the interior of the Hand of Khamsa symbol with 3 D paints or with flowers. No two are alike.

In this painting, the somber background leaps through the Hand of Khamsa to made a unique statement

In this painting by Marlene, the somber background leaps through the Hand of Khamsa to made a unique statement

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Lilly’s Floral Decoration

When you pass by Lilly’s Floral Decoration stall at ARTE, you can be sure that you will not be greeted by the intense ‘cacophony’ of confusing floral scents – which is a good thing, because you get to admire the tastefully decorated plant and flower installations instead.

Lilly holds an Engineering Degree in Architecture and is an Interior Designer by profession. No wonder, then, that she has blended her love for design, colour with the ‘architectural’ principles to produce towering floral installations that would make grand centre pieces or little candle holders with a dot and a dash of flowering delights.

The flowers are artificial, some are made of silk, and others a mixture of materials which are soft to touch. None of that horrible plastic looking floral finishes. You can choose from orchids, to bougainvilleas, from roses to tulips.

So if you are looking for a special gift for mum, consider Lilly’s Floral Decoration. Her products are designed and built to last.

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Connect with Lilly’s Floral Decoration on facebook.

Arabian (Dollie) adventures at ARTE

Sitting regally on her throne, Sayida Amira (lady Amira) looks all prim and proper. Her mascara-ed eyelashes are heavy with expectancy that someone so deserving of her handcrafted beauty and vivacious, will steal away into the night or day.

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This is Lady Amira handcrafted with love by Maggie Tuite.

Like Amira, many a lady and princess has had her dreams come true, thanks to their creator, Maggie Tuite who brands her dollies as Dollie Day Dreams. Some have their hands henna-ed with hand embroidery. Others have flamboyant gowns that go on for miles.

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Note the lovely bejewelled hands on this Dollie.

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Beneath the veil is a beautiful face with handpainted facial features.

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And if you prefer the dollies to have wire-y legs so that they have the choice to fold their legs into a ‘yoga’ pose or dangle like happy-go-lucky gals, then Maggie can customise these for you.

Dollies from diverse communities can be seen at ARTE at Maggie Tuite's stall.
Dollies from diverse communities can be seen at ARTE at Maggie Tuite’s stall.

Visit Dollie Day Dreams on facebook.