ARTE’s Artists

Moonberry Studios by Lene

March is the month of horse racing, art and literature in Dubai which makes me want to race on down to ARTE at Times Square, tomorrow, Friday, March 10, 2017. Do not forget our new hours: 10am – 6pm.  Looking for that special hat to wear to the races or a gift to share with your favourite jockey? Than ARTE is the place to be! Remember, our artists make what they sell and everything is handmade with love in the UAE. Plus, look out for ARTE this weekend at the Emirates Literature festival.

This week’s ARTE artist is Lene of Moonberry Studios

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Lene is originally from South Africa, but has been living in the UAE since 2005. Lene’s first ARTE market was in 2008. Shortly after her first market, Lene learned that she was pregnant with her first child. Lene decided ARTE would have to wait.  Today,  Lene  has two beautiful children who inspire her art work everyday.  In 2015, Lene decided to return to ARTE and she’s been with us ever since.

I asked Lene how she became involved with card making and she told me that one day she saw a page with a rose and writing on it. She loved it so much that she started talking to the artist, who introduced her to scrapbooking. Lene was hooked!

My photos do not do justice to her beautiful work. Lene creates each of her designs by hand. There is a great amount of love and care that goes into each card.

Lene believes in quality over quantity. A card is just as important as an art piece. This is why she uses pigment inks which are not heat dried. They take longer to dry but, are worth the wait.

She cuts out her images by hand, as well as using the latest embossing techniques.

Plus, Lene’s work is environmentally friendly, as she uses recycled books and paper to create her gorgeous cards.

Lene’s cards are perfect for holidays.  With Easter and St. Patrick’s day right around the corner, (and don’t forget all those birthdays!) you must come and check out her latest cards at ARTE.

Lene also handcrafts the most adorable gift tags.

for any occasion:

They even make great bookmarks:

Although Lene, loves making her cards, her true passion is mixed media. In 2008, Lene was a finalist in the Red Bull art show. When you visit Lene’s table, you will also see her art pieces for sale.

Lene describes her art as “historic ephemera”. She uses items from the past which would normally have a short term use like tickets to a movie, and transforms them into something beautiful. Here is an example:

If you look closely, you will see tickets. These tickets are from the 1970s. Originally, they were used to raise money for a trip to the fresh water angling world championships in Europe.

In this piece, Lene has taken pieces that her grandmother crocheted and incorporated them in her art. Lene feels that art is a way to connect our pasts and futures. If you are interested in learning more about her mixed media pieces or if you are interested in taking a morning mixed media art class, for adults only, Please stop by Lene’s table at ARTE for a chat.

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ARTE’s Vintage Artists

ARTE would like you to meet their vintage artists: Hmakesbags by Heather, Audrey’s Cat by Lynda , Lunetiervintagedxb by Zarina. Check them out at Times Square from 10am – 6pm Friday, Feb. 24!

Audrey’s Cat sells Original Vintage Jewellery and Accessories.

Every item is unique and has its own story to tell. It is my passion to inspire new owners to love, cherish and to take it on its next journey.

I am personally driven by my passion of Vintage. I have been carefully hand selecting and collecting investment pieces for over 40 years from all over the globe. In my current collection, I have many iconic styles and designs from past decades that will never date.

Owning a piece of Vintage is a way of revealing your individual style.  The more you enjoy your piece of vintage, the greater your pleasure will be dis​​playing it to the world. Vintage pieces are all one-off pieces which will last beyond our own lives and can be worn with your contemporary wardrobe to give you that unique individual style.

Audrey’s Cat has carefully selected costume jewels, antique gold and precious stones, bags, hats, scarves, scarf clips, cufflinks and other accessories dating back to the by gone eras of Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco, c1930’s, c1940’s, c1950’s, c1960’s , c1970’s, c1980’s  & 1990’s. 

Hmakesbags by Heather

Hmakesbags creates unique handmade fabric handbags. Every bag is one of a kind, many using vintage fabric. Heather’s designs take inspiration from vintage styles throughout history.

Many of her bags are made from upcycled  fabrics. She recycles  jeans, old clothes, curtains  and duvet covers. Heather loves the idea that reusing and upcycling is her small effort to Save the Planet one bag at a time.

Heather can also custom make bags using any available fabric. Do you have a favourite dress or old shirt that you hate to part with? Why not get Heather to make a bag out of it? Do you have an item of clothing from a dear departed loved one? Heather can custom make you a Remembrance Bag.

Heather’s creative process is ever changing and although she might start to make a bag with one idea, it could end up much differently as there is an organic flow to each item. This also means that her bags are always changing and this keeps her work unique. So dare to be different. Why follow the crowd, be yourself and let your personality shine through with one of  Heather’s handmade vintage fabric bags.


Lunetier Vintage dxb run by Zarina

The exclusive vintage sunglasses business .. Lunettes Vintage of Portobello is now in Dubai .. and at ARTE!

In a city that demands the exclusive, the quality, the individualism .. where the sun shines every day .. who wouldn’t want Mint Condition, Never Worn, Vintage, Original Sunglasses .. that can make a big statement and give that touch of truly unique style that Dubai is all about.

This is the most secretive and select corner of the Fashion Industry .. sourcing New Old Stock from Opticians and Boutiques around the World! Zarina carries vintage Stock from the 70, 80s and 90s. In the past,  the fashion houses and designers, all had individual designs, production and innovation which set the template for Timeless Quality & Style. So Timeless that those in the know can look at all the Modern Collections and see exactly where the Inspiration/Blue Print came from!!

The current Dubai Collection ranges from Vintage Cartier, Cazal, Christian Dior, Carrera, Gerald Genta, DuPont, Ultra, Versace .. the list goes on and on. These vintage glasses need to be seen to be appreciated!

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ARTE’s Artists

The Camel Lady by Darcy

Eid Mubarak – Here’s wishing you and your family a safe and joyous Eid Al Adha.

For those of you who are not travelling this Eid holiday, I invite you to join us tomorrow, Friday, September 9, at ARTE in Times Square Dubai. ARTE is the perfect place to work up an appetite before you go to your Friday brunch. ARTE starts at 11:oo, but many artists are open for business by 10am. There is plenty of FREE underground parking to keep your car cool while you walk around the gorgeous arts and crafts. What’s more, Biela and Caribou Coffee are open early for all your breakfast needs.

This week’s artist is the Camel Lady by Darcy (, Facebook ).



Darcy is originally from Los Angeles, California, USA, but has lived in the UAE for 17 years. She has been a member of ARTE for over 6 years. Darcy makes handmade papermache camels.



For many years, Darcy combined her love of theater with her love of papermache. Many of you may remember the yearly Christmas pantomimes that Darcy directed in Ras Al Khaimah and the myriad of set decorations and props that she made – from  palm trees to sea monsters. She even made a giant camel head so it was no surprise when she started making smaller camels.



Darcy’s camels travel well. Here are the two camels (Camill and Oswaldo) she took to the RIO Olympic games in August. They travelled around the country, often in just a plastic bag, and have returned home safely. Come meet them and learn about their adventure tomorrow at Times Square Center.



Each of Darcy’s camels is made individually by hand and has its own character. No two are alike.



Darcy’s camels come in many sizes and colours.



And are perfect for holidays, too.



Darcy decorates her camels using many textures:









and paper. Darcy has been collecting paper for years. Whenever she travels, she always checks out the local paper with her camels in mind.



Darcy welcomes special orders and is always up for the challenge of coming up with new designs. Of course, her camels take hours of work and orders take time. Being handmade, not every camel is perfect, but the flaws remind you that these camels are not made by machine or in a factory. They are made right here in the UAE and are exclusive to ARTE.



Stop by Darcy’s table tomorrow, near Etisalat, anytime from 10:30 – 6:00 and say hi.










ARTE’s Artists

Mehwish Riaz

May has arrived and with it the hot weather! With the return of the hot hazy days of a Dubai summer what better way to spend the day than a visit to ARTE! Today, Friday May 6th, ARTE is at the Oasis Center. Located off Sheikh Zayad Road, this cute mall is worth a visit and once you go, you’ll want to keep returning on the first Friday of every month!

This week, I want to introduce you to a young artist – Mehwish  Riaz.


Although her family is originally from Pakistan, Mehwish was born and raised in the UAE and considers Dubai her home. For 23 years, her passion has been drawing and painting. She started with watercolors and acrylics, but over the years has expanded her talents to include oil and ink mediums. It is not unusual for Mehwish to combine many mediums together.dsc_0008-copy-2-copy


I asked Mehwish how her interest in painting started. Mehwish is deaf and she found art an excellent way to help her communicate with the hearing world. Art allows her to use her imagination and to express herself.



I wondered if being deaf makes it difficult for her to work with customers at ARTE, but Mehwish just smiled and said her mother comes with her to The Oasis Center, Times Square and Al Hamra Mall RAK in order to help her communicate and share her more abstract art. Plus, the internet has made communicating with clients even easier.dsc_0003-copy-copy



Mehwish loves to paint and draw wild life, especially birds. She often uses ink, watercolor and acrylic to create her birds. She doesn’t like to just copy photos of wild life. Her images come from her mind and how she envisions her subjects. When I look at her work, I can see her struggle with the world and how her birds reflect the confusion and chaos of being deaf, but surviving in a hearing world.



Mehwish works contrast bright vibrant colors with a darker subject. They can also have a whimsical side which can be seen in her Arabic scenes like this camel:



Mehwish’s second passion is interior design. Blessed with good spatial order skills, Mehwish is the perfect person for ARTE customers to go to when they need advice on where to hang art in their homes and offices.



Mehwish can be found at ARTE, and you can contact her through Instagram : mehwish_art,  Facebook: Mehwish Riaz, E-mail:

Stop by ARTE and say hello to Mehwish.

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Arabian Centre and RAK Hamra Mall, here we come! Plus all things wood

Since ARTE said goodbye to the long term location at Dubai Festival Centre, we have now found new homes in other locations – such as RAK Hamra Mall as well as Arabian Centre in Mirdif, in addition to the two markets at Times Square. Well into our ninth year, the ARTE family have truly expanded throughout the Emirates and beyond.  You just have to look at the highly interactive facebook page standing at 16K followers and our social media is full of videos, instagrammed photos and tweets and an ever growing list of subscribers and fans that support handmade in the UAE. Thank you all.

So don’t forget to pop down there to see us.



In the meantime, we are dedicating this space to some amazing wood crafts by our artisans. Enjoy the gallery!


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Kariba Arts

Miss Green Tea

The Joinery Shop

Wael Hamadeh    – read more about his work here.

Prerna Unlimited – read more about her work here.

Lilly’s Floral Decoration– read more about her work here


All photos used as owned by the artisans unless otherwise indicated.

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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Hats off to the Milliner

For French American Nadege Brunacci, fashion is indisposable. So she takes it upon herself to handcraft each and every piece of art in the form of hats. You will never see the same hat, colour, stitch twice at Nadege’s stand and hand.

Nadege, the lady behind these lovely handcrafted hats.

Nadege, the lady behind these lovely handcrafted hats.



The girl who grew up loving the styles of Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn, wants to recover that sense of  ‘femininity’ so lost to women. If you want a hat, bring in  your favourite dress, and she will stitch a hat just to compliment that dress.  You can be sure that if a hat doesn’t suit you, then Nadege will say so and instead draw your attention to the hat that does suit your countenance, your style, your figure and also add inches to your frame (if you happen to be petite).



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There’s Something about Mary’s Designs

Mary Falconer’s handmade clutches are one of the most coveted items at ARTE. These pieces exude classic feminine sophistication, with a dose of glamour to boot.

Without any formal training, and mostly self taught, Mary is the maker and talent behind the sewing machine, creating these colourful and trendy clutches, one design at a time.

Mary Falconer with one her handmade clutches

A stay at home mom of three children, she decided to give entrepreneurship a go. It has since turned into something more remarkable for her. Her business is something she looks forward to each day, and is a constant source of gratification.

“I strive for difference and oneness with my pieces. Finding materials and then finding ways to challenge the perceptions held by people about the boundaries of these materials is what drives me. I therefore embrace vibrant colours, intense prints and textures and fuse them together to create a unique and expressive design.”

Image courtesy of Mary Falconer Designs

“I really do enjoy both the creative aspect of dreaming up new things and the business side of making it all work. It is not an easy process and certainly not quick as one might think, but it is a wonderful experience when the end product works out and it can be enjoyed by my clients.”

Image courtesy of Mary Falconer Designs

“My goal as a designer is to create a brand that truly defined a woman; a brand that embodies all the qualities I see in them: Strength, Fun, Independence, Elegance and True Beauty…”

To learn more about Mary Falconer Design, join her on facebook  or visit her website:

Image courtesy of Mary Falconer Designs

A Head Case for Skulls

Make no bones about it; the skull trend is here to stay! Popularized by Alexander McQueen, the once gothic omens have been transformed into chic accessories and prints to give any outfit a chic and/or rock edge. At ARTE, Skulls have been embraced by several artisans creating fashion and jewellery to clothing and home decor.

Framed Flag Skulls by Gorgeoustuff

Polymer Clay and Sterling Silver Skull Cufflinks by Janys De

Skull Earrings by Lady Mauve

Skull Jewellery by Lady Mauve