|Zahra, our cleaning lady, who has become one of my dearest Moroccan friends.|
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I am always pleasantly surprised when I stumble upon modern art in Morocco. Perhaps because of the strong traditional arts culture here innovation is hard to find. I recently took a last trip down the Atlantic coast, looping back up through the south of the country, and saw some wonderful art.
Originally built as a painting studio for Jacques Majorelle in 1924, this house and garden was bought and restored by French fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent in 1980. His ashes were scattered here after his death in 2008.
|Graffitti art of a whirling dervish in Essaouira, Morocco.|
|The Painted Rocks, near Tafraoute, done in 1984 by Belgian artist Jean Verame.|
|The Blue House at the Jardins Majorelle in Marakkech.|
Monday, September 5, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|Shbekya for sale|
More than food and not eating it during the day, hospitality is what Ramadan is all about. People reach out and invite others to break the fast with them, they give alms to the poor, they spend lots of time in the mosque. And all without food or water all day, and it's hot.
Of couse, what you are going to eat as soon as the sun goes down and the canon goes off (yes, they actually shoot off a canon), becomes a fixation. A typical iftar is a feast for the eyes: lots of small dishes like harira (tomato base soup), dates, figs, fruit, different types of bread, hard-boiled eggs, tea, coffee, juice... the list goes on.
Happy, blessed Ramadan.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
|Mihrab in the Bou Inania madersa in Fez|
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
خاتم or "ring" is the name used in zellij making for the eight-pointed star shape. This shape can be paired with a cross shape to create a simple pattern, and can also be found at the center of many complex star-shaped patterns. The "ring" was one of the first shapes I learned to make at the zellij workshop, and since then I have noticed the shape everywhere, and in many different mediums.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
|Muqarnas are stalactite or honeycomb ornament that adorn cupolas or corbels of a building.|
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
|Detail of a pattern on a minaret.|
The diamond-shaped meshing became a classic in the Al-Andalus region of Morocco and Southern Spain during the Almohad Dynasty around the 13the century. The most famous examples of its usage are the three 'sister' mosques, the Koutoubia in Marrakesh, the Giralda in Sevilla, and the Tour Hassan in Rabat.
The design's geometry, repetition and frequent use of green-colored tile, are all symbols of the lush gardens to be found in Paradise.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The Funduq I have been measuring and studying for the past few weeks has come to symbolize much of how I see Fez as a city: in constant flux. Each time I visit, there is a flurry of activity within the 60 or so artisan workshops. Leather slippers, intricately embroidered belts, guys drinking mint tea, a donkey waiting in the courtyard to deliver supplies; these are just a few things I find.
Monday, January 3, 2011
|Laundry out to dry on my rooftop|
|Icecaps on the Spree River, running through Berlin.|
Thursday, December 16, 2010
|I found these 2 kittens in my alley one morning.|
|I decided that if they were still there when I got back, I'd at least give them some milk. (The door to my house is at the end of this alley, on the left.)|
|Luckily for my roommates, when I got back, they were gone.|
|Street cats in Fez are pretty tough.|
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
|'Musharra', the name of this mosaic, refers to the number of points of the arabesque or star that creates the pattern (10, or asharra, in Arabic).|