Our resident artist Maryam Smit delivered workshops at Birla School in Alesbury.
In Islamic art the geometric figure of the circle represents the primordial symbol of unity and the ultimate source of all diversity in creation.
Geometric motifs were popular with Islamic artists and designers in all parts of the world, for decorating almost every surface, whether walls or floors, pots or lamps, book covers or textiles. This art and culture spread from nation to nation and region to region, Islamic artists combined their penchant for geometry with existing traditions and embrace Greek philosophy and mathematics. The circle, and its centre, are the point at which all Islamic patterns begin and is an apt symbol of a spiritual that emphasizes one God, symbolising also, the role of Mecca, the centre of Islam. The circle has always been regarded as a symbol of eternity, without being and without end, and is not only the perfect expression of justice-equality in all directions in a finite domain--but also the most beautiful parent of all polygons, both containing and underlying them. Calligraphic ornamentation also appears in conjunction with geometric patterns.