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Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus (German Cultural Centre Lahore) has organised a very exciting eight-day textile workshop for textile design students with German textile artist Zille Homma Hamid. This eight-day workshop took place from Monday, March 26 to Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus. In workshop, one will be introduced to the principle of backstrap weaving, the technique of warping and learn to apply your pattern whilst weaving.
Art exhibition of work produced during this workshop held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 5.30 – 7.30 pm at the Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus
Students from the following universities has participated in this workshop:
a) National College of Arts (NCA)
b) Beaconhouse National University (BNU)
c) University of Lahore (UoL) &
d) School of Creative Arts (SoCA)
The aim of this workshop is to bring together the different aspects of weaving like the coordination of eyes, hands, body and mind, including the environment as source of inspiration, to stimulate cognitive skills and spark creativity. Creativity, motivation and a holistic approach are what produce a unique range of textile works.
BIOGRAPHY – Zille Homma Hamid:
Zille Homma Hamid is a German–born Pakistani artist and Designer from Berlin. She graduated from the University of Applied Science and Art Hannover and holds a design degree. Parallel to pursuing fine arts, she ran and managed her own clothing line and produced women’s clothes and accessories. Her interest in fashion and textiles began at an early age. Having grown up with two different cultural identities she discovered the correlation between cloth and social identity. She understood that clothing is a form of non-verbal communication through which messages are conveyed intentionally and unintentionally. By the age of 14, she started designing her own clothes and through exploring her Pakistani background she had the good fortune to be able to discover the rich world of Textile and handcrafts. In her own artistic work, balancing between the threshold of art, design and craft, Zille Homma Hamid reflects upon issues of culture, history and identity, while exploring a variety of different art disciplines, through a variety of media. Textile materials or related topics are concepts of her works. The influence of plants, textiles and language are connected through thematic and tangible references in her work. Abstract forms, structures and colours in nature as well as patterns from ancient cultures and traditions are subjects and sources of inspiration. She translates her personal comment into an abstraction that deals with the many facets of unseen beauty and internal refection. Derived from language and various cultural references she interweaves her own perception together with different layers of social meaning. In the last 7 years she has travelled to different parts of the world to learn about handcrafts and to work on different textile projects. Her work has been shown in many African countries as well as western art Institutes such as at PS.1 New York, Kunsthalle Basel and at the Göteborg Biennale in Sweden.