Look mum, am on the big screen

Early last year, my work alongside 5 other Bradford Artists was displayed on the big screen in Bradford City Park. The initiative was set up by Colin Neville, who is doing some fantastic work to bring together Artists on his site, Not Just Hockney.

 

Article: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15129994.Latest_artwork_brought_to_Bradford_s_big_screen/

Image: http://bradford-city-of-film.com/big-screen/

Haji Noor Deen

On a recent UK tour, Master Calligrapher Haji Noor Deen, came by my studio. I gave him some mahogany veneer and asked if he could do some calligraphy on it to see how it would look. The result was awesome. Maybe a collaboration in the near future…

Haji Noor Deen is an awesome man, who gave me sound advice as a teacher, a brother and a fellow artist.

P.S. Recorded using HTC One.

Mercy to mankind

Prophet Muhammad (saw) was merciful to each individual that came to Him. He was the most perfect in character. His nobility spread far and wide. His speech touched hearts, that touched hearts beyond the Arabian peninsula. Over 1400 years have passed and the world still hears the message of the Messenger (saw).

“And we have not sent you except as a mercy to mankind” Al Anbiyah 21:107

Blood dust

Some woods are amazing to work with. The outer shell will look dull and darkish but when cut it releases a scent that is very fragrant and so red that it looks like blood in dust. This particular wood is called African Padouk.

#BloodDust #WoodGeek

Original Knightfall Collection

A dear friend of mine, who is comic mad, brought his Knightfall Collection to the gallery. What a joy! They are the original print and same plastic bag they came in. The graphics in these comics are awesome. I knows its not crafts but one has to appreciate such a collection!

Only people who understand the collection know what this is about…

Honoured

Just over a year ago l was contacted by an individual from Australia who was really excited about featuring myself in a magazine he was working on. Back then l was just starting out properly in woodworking and being contacted by someone in Australia to feature was an honoured. Over numerous conversations with the individual and hearing about the pitfalls of starting a magazine, l can see the handwork that this individual has put into the success of it as well as getting it into publication. I truly admirer the resilience of the team.

An artist, who is barely known in the art world, and being featured alongside the likes of Peter Gould and other Australian artists, am truly honoured. Please help promote the magazine and pray for its success.

Wintery Bradford

While everyone was in their cozy home and the it snowed outside with a chilling wind, myself and two of my friends decided we would take some pictures. The knee deep snow didn’t stop our quest for wintry shots.

Black is Back

After 3 days of taking the Macbook apart, spraying it, watching paint dry…then putting it all back together, it came with some pitfalls and it was quite costly.

I have upgraded my MacBook with 4gb and two hard drives. I got rid of the cd drive to make space for second hard drive which holds all my data and l use the primary drive which is used for the operating system. Primary drive is an 128gb OCZ vertex 2 and the secondary drive is a 320gb Western Digital Scorpio Blue. Both with excellent benchmarks in testing. I do want to upgrade the ram from 4gb to 8gb, l hear many people have tried this and the Macbook can handle it.

First process was to start taking it apart. Not praising too much, but they do an excellent job making these laptops. The screws are so small and they hold each component in place securely. The keyboard screws were very tedious, they must have been approx 5mm in length. They were tiny! There must have been over 30 screws holding the keyboard together alone!

Now, the hardest part was removing the glass that protects the screen. In order to remove it, you have to heat the edges of the screen with a heat gun and then pry it open using a scraper. I thought l had heated it up enough to melt the adhesive, when prying it open l chipped the glass. It wasn’t enjoyable seeing that, so l ended up searching on eBay for a new one, which came in 2 days.

Once stripped down, it had to be cleaned thoroughly before it could take the primer coat. In between the primer coat a light sanding using a 2000 grit sanding paper needed to be done so the finish could be smooth before the final finish.

Another cleaned down then the black and red paint were ready to spray on. I am no expert on spray painting but l was advised to do dust coats instead of laying layers of paint in top of each other. Taking the advise was wise. In between the 2 coat a wet and dry sanding with 2000 grit sanding paper was needed for a better finish. Once the finish layer had dried a protective layer of lacquer was applied. Two thin layers did the job.

One thing l was quite embarrassed about and didn’t take picture was messing up the entire final finish because l didn’t let it dry completely. The top piece where the keyboard sits was ruined completely. I had to scrape all the paint down to the bare aluminium, cleaning in between the keys and then re-sparying it again. It was the most frustrating part ever, worse than cracking the screen!

On the third day after everything had dried, it was ready to assemble. This came with its problems as well. Firstly, once everything had been set in place, it wouldn’t turn on. After an hour of searching the problem, it turned out l forgot to close a small latch that connects the keyboard cable to the main board! Secondly, the screen came on but nothing would boot up. Again, another 2 hours of searching for a fix, it turned out, l messed up the cable for the primary drive. So now my Macbook is running on one HDD until the ribbon for the second HDD arrives. And thirdly, the backlight for the keyboard l wanted red, so l did the process correctly and added the transparent red film inside the keyboard.

Am l glad l did it? Yes indeed because it is personal to me and how l wanted it to look.

Would l do this again? Oh yes!

Attachment

When you know a project is coming to an end, its probably the most emotional part (not to sound soppy). You know you have spent many hours to make something that will last for years to come, you have an attachment to it. That attachment to the artwork is what makes it special.

“When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away through thanklessness” Imam Ali (RA).

You will be with those whom you love

A good friend of mine introduced me to an individual who l have become quite fond of and became good friends. A Naqshabndi in tariqah, he will always light up the room with his green turban and traditional style of dressing. He will always go to Cyrus for a few days to go and see Shaykh Nazim Haqqani. His love for the Shaykh is evident, so is the Shaykh’s love for him , as he has in his possession the walking stick of Shaykh Nazim Haqqani that was given to him by the Shaykh himself.

Having the love of wood, l couldn’t help but inspect it and take a closer look. It had a few nail indentations and a floral pattern at the top front of the stick, very light to hold with a metal point at the bottom. I believe it is made out of bamboo but am not too sure. Holding the walking stick of Sultan Ul Awliya is an honour indeed.

The Prophet (SAW) said, “You will be with those whom you love.

#iphoneography

Tools of a Craftsman

These tools l cant live without in my workshop.

The square wooden block represents wood.

Business card  ‘l mean business’.

Ruler to measure things

Pen, Pencil & Notepad for scribbling

Knife to cut my self with…

Dust mask to look like Bane…

The Blessed Hair

A beautiful gathering with Shaykh Saad Al-Atas, an individual from the prophetic lineage, a man l have great love for and proud to say he is one of my teachers.

The gathering got blessed even more when we had the sacred hair mubarak of our Blessed Messenger & Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani. They were placed inside the box l had made for a client not so long ago.

May Allah fill our hearts with the love of our teachers.

Perfection

‘A Declaration Of Love’ Opening of Felicity House, Liverpool.

May Allah shower his immense blessings on this virtuous night. A gathering to remember the Blessed Messenger (saw) and the opening of felicity house, a project undertaken by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa.

Truly the The Beloved is in the hearts of the believers. We have the cloth from the resting place of our Beloved Messenger and the cloth from Holy Ka’bah. We rarely see these scholars together in one place. Beacons of light for our community.

From far left | Shaykh Faiz Qureshi, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Haroon Hanif, Amir Sulaiman, Abdullah Debois & Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa. Also present Shaykh

I was fortunate enough to get a ticket to the Felicity House opening event. I thought l would record a bit of it using my iPhone 4S, the quality is ok so to say the least seeing as though it records 1080p HD. I used Final Cut Pro to edit the video clip, stabilised the clip using the effects and trimmed part of the clip down.

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