Pakistanis have a great amount of talent. Often, we come across people who leave us stunned with their incredible work. Tehreem Pasha-Jaffar is one such individual.
Tehreem is a Dubai-based Pakistani artist whose amazing calligraphy and Islamic art make us stand and stare in awe.
She’s been into art for as long as she can remember. Talking to us about how she got into all of this, here’s what she shared:
“When I was young, about 3-4 years old, I used to draw these random shapes with multiple colours (in my head they were some kind of characters) and other doodles and keep handing it all to my father. That is the earliest memory I have of creating something. And as I grew older, things just made sense and today I’d like to believe it was my calling because I feel absolute zen when I sit and create.”
Inspired heavily by nature, Tehreem’s pieces tend to reflect the same.
“My thought process and my colour palettes very much revolve around nature. The patterns it holds, the geometry that it displays – day and night – I don’t think there’s a bigger pool of inspiration anywhere else.”
Out of all of her pieces, her favourite is a Tehzip artwork with the Whirling Dervishes and a Rumi quote.
“When I first fell in love with Islamic Arts, I discovered what Illumination/Tehzip was and that just blew my mind away. This particular piece is very close to my heart because this was my first ever Tehzip artwork that I completed and when I did, I surprised myself. It was beautiful and I couldn’t believe that I was the one who created it. It also was my first large-scale work so, all in all, it will always have a special place in my heart.
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For her, art and creativity have always been an ongoing process. Being a borderline perfectionist, she strives to do better every single time she sits down to create an artwork.
“It all starts with a random quote, proverb, poem, or anything that I may have overheard from somewhere. I take that in and start to imagine the world around it, an environment that would go hand in hand with it. What this helps me with is that I can then start imagining the colour palette, whether the strokes would be aggressive or gentle.”
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