Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Mad Graffiti Weekend
First Plenary Meeting
Time: Friday, 29 April - 1:00 pm
Place: 7 Nubar st, Mounira, Floor 11
1- Ensuring that the streets of Egypt belong to the people of Egypt.
2- Planning workable themes for Egyptian streets given the current circumstances.
3- Planning locations.
4- Creating work-groups
Invitation is open to all artists, calligraphers, writers, bloggers, photographers, videographers, and all those interested.
For more information, please call 010 53 55 112
Monday, April 25, 2011
The mural for martyr Islam Raafat was painted over by what is most likely the government (since the property was public, and the paint job is cheap).
What was once this:
Now looks like this:
This has sparked an outrage within some circles on Twitter, and raised the question: What harm did Islam Raafat's portrait cause our beloved government?
This act of absolute unnecessary censorship has inspired artists on the Twittersphere to call for a Cairo-wide Mad Graffiti Weekend on May 6 - 7. More details on this initiative will be published soon, including good locations to work on, the conditions surrounding them, powerful themes to inspire, and meeting times so interested individuals can share ideas and meet possible collaborators. To make this work, we do not only need the help of artists, but also calligraphers, photographers, videographers, promoters, bloggers, journalists, writers, suppliers (paint, ladders, etc), and many more. If you're interested in partaking, please comment on this blog post or follow #madgraffitiweekend on Twitter.
Manon Aubel, Nina Hubinat, Chantal Husdson, Shaimaa Yehia, Peter Fares, Sarah Samir, and Sherif Boghdady.
Luckily for us, Manon Aubel was snapping away the entire time, capturing the majority of the process on camera. Here are some of her action shots during that extremely hot spring day:
1/12 stencils finished.
Long gone are the days when cops would hassle you for "permits."
One of the many benefits of quality street art: it provides entertainment for local street sweepers.
Some of the street-art crew together with our local audience.
And here's a short little video of the stencil-cutting process.
This is a fun little Easter greeting e-card I designed for Ebony & Ivory's mailing list.
And since, as usual, I haven't had the chance to design my own Ganzeer greeting card, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everybody who's reading this a very happy, and all relaxing and inspiring Easter.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I've designed some furniture for Alphabet, and right here are some photos of the first prototypes which will be modified some in the next incarnation of these pieces.
But for the time being, I'd like to present:
Rolla Rocking Chair (beta)
Now you can enjoy a comfy wooden rocking chair without feeling old in it.
Rolla Rocking Chair (beta) side view
Rolla Rocking Chair (beta) detail
Meem Table (bold/red)
Meem Table (bold) side view
Meem Table (bold/red) detail
Meem Table (bold/white)
Araby Rug (blue)
Araby Rug (blue) detail
All photos taken by Tarek Hefny. A few seconds of Tarek shooting the Meem Table can be seen in a video on: this page.
All products are available for sale at the following locations:
Ebony & Ivory Head Office and Showroom
45 Road 6, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
KM 38, Cairo-Alex Highway, Sixth of October City, Egypt