Do you do commissions?
Yes! Commissions are my favorite kind of projects. This is because I get to listen and learn about the person, their story and needs and create an individualized piece of work that reflects and responds to that. I also love finding solutions to new challenges and investigating the right materials and techniques that I’ll use for a new project. I’ve been commissioned works of all types- from small paintings to be given as gifts for friends or given by businesses, to sprawling wall murals over 30 metres long.
How much would it cost?
The price will vary according to the artwork’s complexity and size. It’s always a good idea to get in touch if you are wondering about a particular project.
I want to give my good friend/family member a memorable gift, could you give me some ideas?
To see what original paintings are available- check the shop page or send me an email! We can also do an indidualized piece for your friend. My artworks come with an individualized dedication. I’m also working on a gift line on my other site, gallery quality giclee prints & handmade jewelry: nomadicsoulcreations.com so stay tuned for that :)
I want a painting but live far away from where you are!
Paintings get shipped around the world without a hitch, get in touch and we can discuss options!
Do you do logos?
I don’t offer logo services, but am happy to point you in the direction of some very capable individuals.
Where do you sell your art?
For original artworks: ionaft.com/shop
For gallery quality giclee prints and handmade jewelry: nomadicsoulcreations.com
When’s your next workshop?
My workshops are announced in my newsletter, so it’s a good idea to sign up for that if you are interested in attending one!
Any advice for emerging artists?
Make art everyday. Try to turn off the self criticism when you are making your art, and work from a place of joy. Remember that you are only competing against yourself, not anyone else, so just keep singing your song :) Be grateful for every day that you get to do what you love :)
Learn how to communicate with other people about what you do. Meet and be inspired by like minded artists. Stay humble and always keep learning, remember that “Above every knower there is a knower”.
I would also advise you to getting in the habit of taking really good pictures of your art & document them carefully & in an organized way. The more art you make over the years, the more you will be thankful that you have a system for finding things quickly to send off to clients, galleries, or just for updating your portfolio.
Where can I learn more about Islamic geometric art?
I asked the same question 9 years ago, thankfully there are more and more resources available these days!
For inspiring London based courses and international study trips, do take a look at my friends over at Artofislamicpattern.com.
Arts and Crafts of Islamic Lands is a wonderful book that gives you an insight into the philosophy behind Islamic geometry and also teaches rare techniques of Islamic art.
Also, Eric Broug is popular for his no frills approach to Islamic patterning and has some useful books on the market.
You can check out some of my blog posts about geometry too.