BTS: The Posh Fairy for L’Occitane Au Bresil

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My latest project for Posh Fairy was a shoot for the soon to be launched L’Occitane au Bresil; a new brand with a French soul and a Brazilian heart. Traveling through the waters of Brazil, Olivier Baussan; the founder of L’Occitane en Provence discovered rich and exuberant eco-systems with fascinating ingredient stories, this encounter of Brazilian liveliness with L’Occitane’s values inspired to create a new brand: L’Occitane au Bresil.

The concept of the shoot was obviously inspired by Brasil, the beauty, the vivid colors, and the tradition. After scouting a few potential locations, we decided to shoot at a nursery, and Home & Garden were more than welcoming of the idea, and offered us complete access to their showroom. I will be sharing the final shots with you very soon, as they are currently exclusive material to Styles Magazine June issue.

And lastly for now, I would like to bring your attention towards every person who worked with me on this shoot, the team was in amazing harmony and they made the entire project such a great experience. A big thank you goes to all of them.

– Art director / Stylist: Joumana Soufi @thesidetalk
– Photographer: Jean Claude Dib @jeanclaudedib.photography
– Model: Hannah Delaimi @stylenscones
– Outfits: Enti @entikw
– Accessories: Stylist’s own
– Hair: Aziza ‘Zizi’ Skaff @azizaskaff of @blushkwt
– Makeup: Amal Al Adwani @amal_makeupartist
– BTS photography & videography: Roqaya Shamo @rshamo_
– Location: Home & Garden Nursery @homeandgarden

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The Posh Fairy Goes Under Water

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For as far as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with underwater photography. Maybe because it reflects a certain type of beauty that you don’t see everyday, and you definitely might not even know exists!

The work on this project was challenging as much as it was very exciting. I put the team together and was stuck looking for the photography equipment that we needed, rented some from a company and scheduled the shoot which had to be between 3 am and 9 am since the pool of Al Hamra Thermae would be open for members after that. The shoot was a while back so add to that, it was freezing! Unfortunately, Jalil and I weren’t happy with the results, and the shots were not a success. We had to stop, go home, and reschedule another early shoot. Meanwhile, look for better equipment.

About 3 weeks later, we were ready. With an excited team and killer equipment, we scheduled the shoot for the second time. Here’s a glimpse of what went on, and of course, the outcome.

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– Art Director / Stylist: Joumana Soufi
– Photographer: Jalil Marvin
– Photography Equipment: TechSys Marine / AAB World
– Model : Sune Vantonder
– Makeup: Marvelous Makeup
– Location: Al Hamra Thermae

More of Splash 2014 Calendar

Following my previous post on Splash 2014 Calendar behind the scenes, here’s some more images from the anticipated calender. Looks super creative! Concept & photography by Tejal Patni, and styled by Furne Amato. Check it out.

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Nuqat: Executing Culture Shock

The purpose of this year’s conference is to challenge and examine the experience of cultural change and its effect on artists and designers. It will also assess the role of creatives in executing change within a transforming culture through the exploration of its transitional levels. It will be taking place at Al Americani, Kuwait City, on November 7th – 12th, 2013. For more info, visit Nuqat’s website, here.

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Kan Zaman Starts Today @Baytlothan

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Today, at 9 am, will be the opening of Kan Zaman exhibition at Bayt Lothan, I passed by yesterday for a private preview, and if you’re into arabesque, vintag-y pieces and accessories, that’s the place to be!

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Not everybody was ready, a lot of brands where still setting their space. I found some really nice home decor pieces, one of a kind, not the style you see every day which I loved!

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Lulu Al Mishari was there with her Black Pearl Boutique, and I finally got to see it! One of the best local boutiques! very stylish, yet simple, timeless yet contemporary, my cup of tea. She will be opening a store soon in Shuwaikh Industrial Area, opposite Store 4.

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How refreshing is this table set up at Hamsa’s?!

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Kan Zaman will be starting Jan 13 until Jan 15 at Bayt Lothan, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, and from 5:00 to 9:00, make some time to drop by!

Opportunity for Artists Residing in Kuwait

The British Council and Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait, in partnership with the National Council for Arts and Letters, are pleased to announce Landscapes Expanded, a month-long residency programme that aims to support artists from different backgrounds to explore landscape art in their own practice.

The exhibition Out of Britain explores one hundred years of British landscape and examines the ways in which artists have engaged with landscape and addressed timeless and fundamental questions about man’s place in the world. The works in the show illustrate individual artist’s attempts to find their place among an ever-changing environment where they are often driven to challenge traditional ways of interpreting and framing the landscape.

Landscapes Expanded will support artists to explore contemporary issues intrinsically related to site, space, and place in their field of work. The residency will begin with a three-day workshop that will support artists to develop concepts for their research in the weeks that follow. Throughout the programme participants will benefit from group and individual reviews of their work and guidance from the residency facilitator and visiting contributors.

The residency programme will be led by artist and curator Alia Farid Abdal, who explores personal perspectives of public space and constructed landscapes in her own art work and academic research. The program will also benefit from insightful contributions from visiting artists and art critics such as British Artist David Rayson, whose work is featured in Out of Britain. Rayson is currently the Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art, London.

Participants’ work produced during the residency programme will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMArt Kuwait) at the end of October 2012. Chosen works may also be exhibited at a British Council Visual Arts exhibition that will showcase artists from the Gulf at the Brunei Gallery in London in 2015.

Eligibility:

– This residency is open to practicing artists and creative practitioners (from all disciplines) who are keen to develop the concepts of landscape art in their practice.
– Applicants must reside in Kuwait.
– Applicants must commit to participate in a three-day workshop (18th – 20th September 2012) and closing presentation, which will take place on 18th October 2012.
– The workshops will be hosted in English, however translators will be available should they be required.

Procedure:

E-mail the following (in English or Arabic) to nadia.elsebai@britishcouncil.org

– Artist C.V.
– Up to 10 images of your work with an appendix stating the title, medium, and year the work was executed.
– A statement of intent (up to 500 words) explaining why you are applying to the programme and what you hope to obtain from it. Briefly state what themes you are interested to explore during the residency program.

Deadline: 9th September 2012 (10am)

Large images will have to be submitted via http://www.wetransfer.com or any other host site in which your images can be downloaded directly. Alternatively, you may wish to submit a link to your work online. For videos, provide links of uploaded material either on YouTube or vimeo.