FBMI present 'Step Into Yarns' at Dubai Design Week

FBMI announce 'Step Into Yarns' in collaboration with Architects Ibrahim Al Najjar and Saied Hany as part of Dubai Design Week 2015.

UAE based FBMI, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Initiative, is proud to launch its latest venture designed by young dynamic Architects and Artists Ibrahim Al Najjar and Saied Hany. The Egyptian pair have realised an intricate and original design for FBMI at Dubai Design Week where visitors will 'Step Into Yarns' as colored yarns are distributed in the space in an explosion of colors and compositions.

Ibrahim Al Najjar says: "The yarns are the very first basic tool in the carpet production. Using the abstract very modern cheerful look of the yarns stresses in the importance of this basic tool in the quality of production of FBMI handmade carpets".

The carpets produced through FBMI employs traditional crafting methods, operating strictly within Afghanistan. Wool from Afghan farmers, natural vegetables dyes and, of course, a local workforce. FBMI will display their latest carpet collection at Dubai Design Week. 'Step Into Yarns' design draws focus on the plight of Afghan women who are given an opportunity for employment and empowerment thanks to FBMI.

FBMI is thrilled to collaborate as well with 'Soundweaving – Middle East Edition'. 'Soundweaving – Middle East Edition' produced by Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) in collaboration with Hybrid Art Management will premier at Tashkeel as part of Dubai Design Week 2015. Soundweaving – Middle East Edition acts as a bridge between two worlds, connecting two distinct cultures and an array of disparate realms of artistic experience.

At the core of the refashioned Soundweaving shown at Tashkeel are patterns derived from rugs created by Afghan women artisans, who work under the Fatima Bint Mohammed Initiative (FBMI). Soundweaving straddles art, handcraft, design and music, equally stimulating all senses, and calling for interaction. Using various media, the project works with multi-level transformatory methods balancing between the analogue and the digital, mapping visual and aural cultures. 

More information on the artists below.

'Step Into Yarns' at FBMI stand Dxb Design Week D3.

Dates: Oct 26 to 31, 2015
Timings: 10am to 10pm.

Ibrahim I.I. Abdelaziz Al Najjar, a former member of the Egyptian Fencing team and a Egyptian local gold medal winner is a young Egyptian Architect/ Artist, Graduated from Cairo University in 2011. Since then he had been chasing his dream to become one of the reputed Architects in the world, wandering seeking knowledge of architecture and sense of art from Germany to France to Italy, then Austria and Czech, back to Egypt until settled newly in Dubai for almost 2 years, Taking steady steps towards his dream. Ibrahim believes that if there is one thing in this life can drive his passion and motivation, it will definitely be Art and Architecture.

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Saied Hany Hassan - Graduated from CAIRO University, Faculty of Engineering (Department of Architecture) in 2008, holding the idea of improving the architecture awareness among users and designers, Member of Association of Egyptian architects since 2009. In 2009 started to grown up the idea of improving architecture as a founder of SCHEMATIC TRAINING CENTER(STC)  which is an Organized specialized courses improving the abilities of the students and junior architects for free. Worked as an architect engineer in Palm Hills Developments Co. Egypt till 2011, and as a lead architect in Module designers (Architecture, Urban and Interior Design) Egypt till 2013, moved to Dubai in December 2013 as a senior architect and interior designer in large scale projects till February 2015. And since he gained a good experience in Architecture, Planning and contracting, he decided to found his own architectural firm that based on presenting oriental themes in a fresh artistic colorful taste.

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Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) is one of the most significant European institutions of visual culture due to its traditions and intellectual background.

Hybrid Art Management has been working in the field of contemporary visual art and design since 2005 with the objective to venture beyond classical forms of the art scene and bring Hungarian and international contemporary art and design closer to the wider public. 

About FBMI

FBMI is Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan humanitarian initiative.

FBMI, an Abu Dhabi-based program, in partnership with Tanweer Investments of Afghanistan, is dedicated to empowering Afghan women through the employment opportunities of carpet production, as well as providing healthcare and education to its workers.

The carpets produced through FBMI employs traditional crafting methods, operating strictly within Afghanistan. Wool from Afghan farmers, natural vegetables dyes and, of course, a local workforce (over 4,000 workers to date) are all pillars of the FBMI program.

FBMI enjoys fantastic collaborations with international and local designers such as Norma Kamali, Khalid Shafar and pop artist Maria Iqbal.

FBMI has received many awards amongst which the Humanitarian Award at Arab Woman Awards UAE 2014 and was granted an honouring Insignia in the category of Leading Emirati Project (Humanitarian) by H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak (Chairwomen of the General Women`s Union and Family Development Foundation and President of  the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood , the Honorary President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority).

The organization currently has four showrooms: in Kabul, London, Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Rd and in Abu Dhabi Yas Mall open to professionals as well as local consumers.

Locations and details
FBMI showroom on Jumeirah Beach rd, Dubai - 865a on Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite side Burj Al Arab.
Tel +971 4 388 1103
FBMI Boutique at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi - 1st floor, easy access Geant hypermarket parking.
Tel +971 2 566 9600


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