As you all know, we are doing a collaboration with Sandy Kurt, she is doing a beautiful design for us, that are we going to use for a new collection of scarf designed by the most famous artists of Islamic Geometry.
If you don’t know here already, you should visit and follow her profile in Instagram @Sandy.kurt
And if do you want to know here a bit more, here is an intevierw about her self. Who, why and how. Stay with us and get to know this incredible artist.
- Hello! I'm Sandina best known as Sandy Kurt. I'm an Islamic geometry artist wi
- th a passion for zellige (zilij) and miniatures. I was born in Bosnia at the beginning of the '90's but currently I live in Italy.
What do you do for living? Have you ever thought about doing Islamic Geometry for living?
- I have a full-time job in the administration and accountability field so my art is just a hobby for now. But I'm working hard to make a living out of this and hopefully my dreams will come true one day InshaAllah.
- I'm doing it all alone: drawing, promoting my art, replying to the emails, packaging and shipping my artworks, working on my future website and logo.... and the list goes on. So many things to do and I still have a lot to learn. So I'm taking it slowly, one step at a time and I'm absolutely enjoying this journey.
Why islamic geometry?
- I've always loved art and everything that has to do with it. When I was younger I used to draw hands and people faces but as I haven't attended any art school I didn't have the adequate skills for that. My drawings looked good but there were something that didn't satisfy me so I started drawing mandalas. Drawing mandalas was funny but freehand drawing was still a bit frustrating. I don't even remember how but in October 2016 I came across Samira Mian's online course which was on sale and that's how it all started. In January 2017 I created my Instagram account @sandy.kurt because I wanted to share my art with the others and also because I wanted to track my improvement. Islamic geometry is something that makes me happy and fulfilled. I've always been a control freak (this is also the reason why I do it all by myself) and geometry is really relaxing for me because everything has its place, freehand drawing is not allowed. And even if you get lost in a construction made with a thousand lines and circles the final pattern is something breathtaking.
- I think that life itself is all about that. Our life may seem an intricate web of problems and difficulties but if you find your real purpose, the key to happiness, you will notice that in the middle of that web you can find the beautiful pattern that is your life and you can colour it with smiles and happy moments.
Did you do a formation on Islamic geometry?
- Beside Samira Mian's online course I am self-taught. I've learn a lot from other artists and geometricians on Instagram, Facebook groups, books, YouTube tutorials and so on and last April I attended a course in Fez with Art of Islamic Pattern.
- I receive a lot of questions about how to get started with Islamic geometry so I've made a post on my Facebook page @sandykurt.art (pinned on top) where I talk about this topic. I know how it feels when you want to learn something but you can't find a way or you can't afford to attend a course. So I always make sure to reply to all the emails and messages I receive.
Which is the part of the process you like the most? Finding the design, drawing, painting...?
- My favourite part is analysis. I don't have enough knowledge to make a design by my own so usually I get inspired by geometric design around the world. The ones that I like the most are Moroccan zellige (zilij) that you can find in mosques, fountains, riads etc. Once I've chosen a pattern I start analysing it, highlighting the different connections between the rosettes, finding the grid behind it, the various intersections etc. It gets really difficult at times but being able to understand the geometry behind the design is something that makes me proud and self confident.
- Then comes drawing. In this phase you can see if your analysis is well-done or if something is missing. I think that this is the longest part. In the past I used to draw the whole pattern but I'm slowly learning to divide the pattern into pieces. There is no need to draw the whole pattern, you can draw a portion of it and then copy it with tracing paper to make the whole design. After drawing comes tracing. In this stage you copy the final pattern on a clean sheet of paper ready to be painted. I've recently described this process on my YouTube channel. And then you can finally paint it. Personally I use professional watercolours as I really like them but I'm thinking about using handmade watercolours too. Many artists prefer them to the store-bought ones because they are made with natural pigments instead of chemical ones.
What is next?
- I have a LOT of projects. By now I'm working on my website and logo but I also want to make workshops, online or in person courses, video tutorials, maybe a book who knows. The possibilities are endless. But as I said before I'm doing it all step by step. I'm not rushing through time. If there's one thing that I've learned through Islamic geometry that is patience. And that is also what I suggest to everyone starting with Islamic geometry: be patient and practice a lot. Practice makes perfect