Winter collection in memory of Hadba

This is a shot from my newest collection. Most of the pieces have a lattice in it or large sections are cut out creating interesting patterns. The lattice in the clothes are actually supposed to be spider-webs and the model is the spider. I read about spiders and how essentially, they create their own worlds, and are masters of their world – the web. I thought that was a really great idea: each person mastering their own web/world. So the spider thing is not really a dark idea, more one of creative energy and empowerment. Please take a look at the rest of my collection.

I would like to post this collection in memory of Hadba who was always my top supporter in my endeavor to becoming a fashion designer. I think she would be proud at my choice of following my instinct and not the crowd.

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Sex, Drugs & Rock N’ Roll

We are proud to present a new artist to FEN called Eric Robert Parnes, here is some brief information on Eric:
1979 Born in United States. The multi-media work of Eric Robert Parnes incorporates both his background as an American Iranian male and the history of images from the millennium forward. His two and three dimensional works all align themselves with an intentional revision of the ways in which grapheme have driven war, religion, and fashion through time. By appropriating and re-contextualizing these symbols and signs, Parnes has inverted their meaning; and by doing so become a provocateur of the highest order. Parnes resides in the Lower East Side in New York City.

“Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll is in every language”. A quote by one of our customers who saw Eric’s neon work, its so true.

FEN has two of these unique neon artworks, one in white and one in red. Please click on our website for more information.

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Swakopmund

Some of the Hasselblad photos from Namibia.
Click HERE to see all as a slide show with music from Namibian musician Papa.

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Himba Bracelets

We have recently come back from a trip to Namibia, where we were inspired by the sun and endless space – so much room for thought and creativity. We picked up a few little pieces to show and sell in Fen. One of our favourites are these lovely cuff bracelets – that look more modern than ethnic, made traditionally by the Himba people, one of the most photographed tribes in Namibia due to their interesting attire and way of adorning themselves with ochre, mud and fat. Particularly interesting to us is the way they make their bracelets: sections cut off from pvc pipes and striking shapes etched into them – so not only beautiful but great for the environment too.

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Black & White Spring & Summer

slicedbackMy new collection for spring/summer 2010 is out. I am really excited about it, it is my favourite collection so far because I managed I think to make it serious this time – serious in the sense of being able to wear it on a daily basis, but still really creative. It’s a challenge to make the two work together sometimes, functional and imaginative. But it worked. Using only two colours, black and white, really helped me achieve this (my personal challenge for my next collection is to do the same thing but to use a wider colour pallet… exciting to see where this might go).
This morning I received an email from fashion156.com, they selected 20 of their favourite pieces in black and white for next season – I think my collection definitely holds its own amongst their top picks. Check it out for yourself, maybe you’ll agree.

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Would you permit me?

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This is a poem by my grandfather Nizar Kabbani, im not sure who translated it from Arabic to English

In a country where thinkers are assassinated, and writers are considered
infidels and books are burnt,
in societies that refuse the other, and
force silence on mouths and thoughts forbidden,
and to question is a sin,
I must beg your pardon, would you permit me?

Would you permit me to bring up my children as I want, and not to
dictate on me your whims and orders?

Would you permit me to teach my children that the religion is first to
God, and not for religious leaders or scholars or people?

Would you permit me to teach my little one that religion is about good
manners, good behaviour, good conduct, honesty and truthfulness,
before I teach her with which foot to enter the bathroom or with which hand she
should eat?

Would you permit me to teach my daughter that God is about love, and
she can dialogue with Him and ask Him anything she wants, far away from the
teachings of anyone?

Would you permit me not to mention the torture of the grave to my
children, who do not know about death yet?

Would you permit me to teach my daughter the tenets of the religion
and its culture and manners, before I force on her the ‘Hijab’ (the veil)?

Would you permit me to tell my young son that hurting people and
degrading them because of their nationality, colour or religion, is considered a
big sin by God?

Would you permit me to tell my daughter to revising her homework and
paying attention to her learning is considered by God as more useful and
important than learning by heart Ayahs from the Quran without knowing their
meaning?

Would you permit me to teach my son that following the footsteps of
the Honourable Prophet begins with his honesty, loyalty and truthfulness,
before his beard or how short his thobe (long shirt/dress) is?

Would you permit me to tell my daughter that her Christian friend is not
an infidel, and ask her not to cry fearing her friend will go to Hell?

Would you permit me to argue, that God did not authorize anyone on
earth after the Prophet to speak in his name nor did he vest any powers in
anyone to issue ‘deeds of forgiveness’ to people?

Would you permit me to say, that God has forbidden killing the human
spirit and who kills wrongly a human being is as if he killed all human kind,
and no Muslim has the right to frighten another Muslim?

Would you permit me to teach my children that God is greater, more
just, and more merciful than all the (religious) scholars on earth combined? And
that His standards are different from the standards of those trading the
religion, and that His accountability is kinder and more merciful?

Would you permit me?

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Weave what you see

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The historian Arnold Toynbee has described Afghanistan as a “roundabout of the ancient world” due to the masses of people that have passed through this region over the centuries. In modern times too, many of the world’s armies have passed through temporarily establishing control over this region, and still it refuses to be colonized. At Fen we have in the form of carpets, better known as ‘war rugs’ evidence of one of one of these armies – the Soviet Army’s effect on the region. Weaved in wonderful colours, craftsmen use this age old tradition of carpet making to tell modern stories, and document the weapons and sometimes the effects of these weapons used during the nine-year conflict (1979-1988). Nowadays the carpets being weaved have images of American weapons such as M-16’s or Black-hawks. Some of the war rugs have a flower weaved amongst all the weapons as a sign of hope. Perhaps one day Afghanistan’s carpet weavers will go back to weaving just flowers, landscapes and beautiful patterns.

More on war rugs on this informative blog, click here

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