I teach courses and give lectures in Islamic geometric design 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
Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
17 February 2020 – 21 February 2020
The creation and application of dual-level or self-similar geometric patterns (where the same forms appear at two different scales in one design) is one of the creative and conceptual pinnacles of Islamic geometric design.
Students on this course will explore the qualities of dual-level designs by looking at historical examples and then will learn to construct one large eight-fold and one large ten-fold pattern with ruler and compass.