Upcoming Workshops & Courses


I teach courses and give lectures in geometric design (with a focus on Islamic geometric pattern) throughout the year at various locations in the UK and abroad with the aim of inspiring students to discover the traditional skills of geometric construction as fundamental tools for design in the modern world.

The practical courses I deliver involve drawing patterns with the ancient tools of ruler and compass. I demonstrate the stages of construction and help students to draw the designs themselves, but most importantly I try to impart an analytical understanding of the structure so that the core principles are understood with a view to enabling the student to explore the infinite possiblities of this rich artform.

Upcoming workshops and courses are listed below.


Upcoming courses in 2020

Due to the restrictions arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Prince’s School courses and the Alqueria de Rosales Summer School have been cancelled. I hope that the course below scheduled for November will still run. In the meantime, I will consider private tuition and may offer an online course later in the year. Get in touch if you have any enquiries about learning to draw Islamic patterns.

√2 grid systems and the Silver Ratio

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
12th and 13th November 2020

The Silver Ratio, though less well know than it’s shinier cousin, has similar mathematical properties and hence can be used to generate a highly flexible grid structure for pattern design.

Course participants will learn how to construct a master grid based on the silver ratio and √2 and will learn how to extrapolate numerous Islamic Geometric Patterns from it. Particular emphasis will be placed on the drawing out of simple but sophisticated one and two piece patterns from the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada, Sth Spain and the jaali screens and stone work of Mughal India.

 


Previous Courses, Speaking Engagements & Exhibitions

Dual Level Patterns – 5 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
March 2020

Alqueria de Rosales Summer School in Islamic Geometric Patterns

An eight-day residential course where I taught alongside Alan Adams, Rajen Astho, Samira Mian and Daud Sutton.
Alqueria de Rosales, Andalusia
July 2019

Geometry of Nine – 5 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
June 2019 / 2018 / 2017

Geometry of Twelve – 5 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
June 2019 / 2018

Dual Level Patterns – 4 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
March 2019 / 2018

Decriminalising Ornament Symposium & Exhibition

Lecture on The Use of Vocabularies of Geometric Forms in Ornamental Pattern Design
Screenprints and drawings in the exhibition
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
November 2018

Topkapi Scroll Patterns – Weekend course

with Daniel Docherty at Sacred Art of Geometry Studios, East Sussex
October 2018

4th Workshop in Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art

Lecture on The Use of Square and Isometric Grids in Geometric Pattern Design
Istanbul Design Center, Istanbul
September 2018

Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 1st Geometry Summer School – Residential Course

Teaching alongside Daud Sutton, Lisa DeLong, Alan Adams, Delfina Bottesini
Dumfries House, Scotland
August 2018

3rd Workshop in Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art

Presentation of my work and a practical pattern drawing workshop
Istanbul Design Center, Istanbul
September 2016