My Background

As a child I was fascinated by the flowing lines, interlocking circles and strict geometry of Celtic patterns. My passion for Islamic geometric design began later during a visit to the Alhambra Nasrid palaces together with my husband and two young sons. The exquisite intricacy and variety of the interwoven geometric and floral designs seemed to exude the timeless, rhythmic flow of life itself. An aesthetic of unity expressed in a multiplicity of interconnected forms. Those images never left me. During the decades that followed, study, career, raising a family, travel, research and writing, left little time for art.

That situation changed in 2014, after attending my first introduction to geometry and manuscript illumination workshops at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA) in London (tutors Tom Bree and Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh), followed by a PSTA 5-day Summer School studying the sacred geometry of Chartres Cathedral (tutor Jonathan Horning). Between then and now, I have been very fortunate to attend intensive 5-day Islamic geometry and art workshops at PSTA (Sept 2014: Islamic Manuscript Illumination, tutor Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh, Aug 2015: Sacred Art and Architecture, tutor Tom Bree, Jul 2016: Persian Patterns, tutors Daniel Docherty, Adam Williamson, Jul 2016: The Golden Ratio, tutor Tom Bree). I have also travelled extensively to attend 5-day workshops with Richard Henry and Adam Williamson, co-founders of ‘Art of Islamic Pattern’ (Apr 2015 Fes, Oct 2015 Istanbul, Feb 2016 Cairo, Apr 2016 Granada, Oct 2016 Fes, April 2017 Isfahan). In Sept/Oct 2015 I joined the PSTA ‘Turquoise Tour’, a two-week Persian art and architecture study trip to Shiraz, Yazd, Esfahan and Kashan (tutors Paul Marchant, Shahriar Piroozram). In Nov 2016, I was awarded the PSTA Open Programme Diploma. I am indebted to all my brilliant tutors, each of whom has taught me so much!

I have also had the great pleasure and privilege to learn (both online and off) from inspiring friends, tutors and expert geometers around the globe who generously share their work and knowledge. Credit and warm thanks to Alan Adams, Abdelhalim Ghodbane, Ayman Soliman, Ameet Hindocha, Rajen Astho and many others.