Latifa Saeed and Talin Hazbar first met on the 2014-15 Tanween programme, triggering their own collaboration and ensuing projects with a 40 year old terracotta factory located in the Northern Emirates. Left Impression, created for this exhibition, represents their third collaboration with the terracotta factory.

“Our design practice is based on exploring and investigating materials. We aim to harness the cross cultural range of craftsmen’s skills and materials found in the UAE. We speci cally focused on highlighting the craft of terracotta wheel throwing and decided to create an installation that reflects this craft.

From our first encounter with the craftsmen at the terracotta factory, watching the way they performed and molded the materials, our first instinct as designers was to deform their pots – exploring the possible distortion, deformation, and disfiguration.”

Left Impression is a seating installation inspired by the Emirati majlis – a site where family, neighbours and members of a community gather. Majlis, meaning a place of seating, is one of the major facets of social life in the UAE and with this work, they aim to create a focal point and gathering space for the design community to interact with the installation during Dubai Design Week.

Each individual stool was created through a process of deforming the geometry of the original form, the designers then added unique imprints to each unit. To achieve these forms, the designers worked alongside the craftsmen, challenging their techniques, assumptions and skills by pushing them to work towards malformations through the wheel throwing process.

Artist Biography

Latifa Saeed is an Emirati multidisciplinary conceptual artist and designer who is a keen experimenter in different art and design fields. Saeed defines her approach by the way she structures and manages her design process through one objective: to communicate. In a variety of media Saeed works across the fields of fine art, graphic design, advertising, branding and product design.In recent years, Saeed has dedicated her time to work with traditional techniques, reviving them in a contemp...

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Latifa Saeed and Talin Hazbar
Left Impression

Size:
45 x 45 x 40 - 50cm
Materials:
Terra-cotta clay

Latifa Saeed and Talin Hazbar first met on the 2014-15 Tanween programme, triggering their own collaboration and ensuing projects with a 40 year old terracotta factory located in the Northern Emirates. Left Impression, created for this exhibition, represents their third collaboration with the terracotta factory.

“Our design practice is based on exploring and investigating materials. We aim to harness the cross cultural range of craftsmen’s skills and materials found in the UAE. We speci cally focused on highlighting the craft of terracotta wheel throwing and decided to create an installation that reflects this craft.

From our first encounter with the craftsmen at the terracotta factory, watching the way they performed and molded the materials, our first instinct as designers was to deform their pots – exploring the possible distortion, deformation, and disfiguration.”

Left Impression is a seating installation inspired by the Emirati majlis – a site where family, neighbours and members of a community gather. Majlis, meaning a place of seating, is one of the major facets of social life in the UAE and with this work, they aim to create a focal point and gathering space for the design community to interact with the installation during Dubai Design Week.

Each individual stool was created through a process of deforming the geometry of the original form, the designers then added unique imprints to each unit. To achieve these forms, the designers worked alongside the craftsmen, challenging their techniques, assumptions and skills by pushing them to work towards malformations through the wheel throwing process.

Artist Biography

Latifa Saeed is an Emirati multidisciplinary conceptual artist and designer who is a keen experimenter in different art and design fields. Saeed defines her approach by the way she structures and manages her design process through one objective: to communicate. In a variety of media Saeed works across the fields of fine art, graphic design, advertising, branding and product design.In recent years, Saeed has dedicated her time to work with traditional techniques, reviving them in a contemp...

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