For centuries, art and music have played an integral role in communication of ideas, thoughts, interests and expressions. It not only helps exude a vibrant message but also generate a positive vibe among the audience by uniting an array of thoughts into one place and clearly giving out a message.
Pakistan is yet on its journey to make a mark on the audience globally via its art, music, design etc. Recently held #DubaiDesignWeek in Dubai Design District was an exciting way to welcome art and creativity from various countries of the region to showcase their work and collaborative efforts.
ABWAB – which means ‘doors’ in Arabic, acts as a direct portal to the region’s local design talent. It is a series of six pavilions built to celebrate and showcase the work of the most exciting designers, studios and curators from six different countries in the MENASA region. Thanks to Collectibles, Pakistan was also one of the 6 MENASA countries to participate in the exhibit, where it paved way for eight of our talented individuals to showcase their talent specific to Pakistans’s culture and traditional games and promote a positive image of the country. Our pavilion was known as Daalan.
Pakistanis have a flair for unique designs and expression and we have a vast series of ideas to represent them. This time it was through our most loved and cherished culturalg ames like “Kaancha” , “Ludo” , “Manja” & “Pittu” and traditions like Henna
The Team –
Curator: Salman Jawed
Salman Jawed is co-founder of Coalesce Design Studios, a house of multidisciplinary designers that go beyond form and function to interpret an intangible into a tangible built product.
Ali S Husain is a Karachi based graphic designer. His style is illustrative, minimalistic, and edgy. He has recently launched a line of paper products, which aim to change the face of graphic design in Pakistan.
Faiza Adamjee is a thinker. A graphic designer by background, she has moved away from design and now focuses on big ideas, concepts and copywriting.
Mustafa Mehdi is an architect by profession, who also practices graphic design, photography and product design. He is co-founder of Coalesce Design Studio.
Hamza Masood Khan (sketches) is an architect and multidisciplinary artist. Atmosphere, intangibility, existentialism and mystery are prominent features of his work.
Hina Fancy (screen printing)works as a teacher and independent print designer specialising in print in Islamabad. She has exhibited her art in Islamabad, Karachi and Pen.
Zaid Hameed (ceramics)is a textile designer by profession, who celebrates the indigenous crafts of Pakistan. He fuses traditional techniques and patterns with contemporary techniques and forms, helping to revive the dying art of ceramics in Sindh.
Saad Khurshid, a graphic designer and illustrator from Karachi, Saad is modernist at heart; her grid-based work involves the use of bold colours and simple shapes.
Muniba Rashid, a graphic design and printmaking student, Muniba works in various mediums including print, digital and handmade crafts.
The Exhibit –
Their work included some fabulous pieces like graphic prints, Home design and traditional art pieces. Take a look!
The event was an enthusiastic one! not just the Dubai residents or tourists visited the exhibition but even social media influencers and bloggers, even from Pakistan, kept a close check of the event virtually through tweets, posts and Instagram. Much hype was created for the event by using the official hashtags #DubaiDesignWeek & #CollectiblesAtDXBDW since Collectibles worked as an ambassador in this global event to propagate positive vibes of our country and its artistic strength.
Anber Javed, Editor & Founder of “A Wardrobe Affair” was sent as Collectibles’ social media ambassador to cover the event personally. Below are some clicks she sent through! 😀 Enjoy..