Persian Pattern

Explore the geometric genius of the Persian master-craftsmen. Learn the art of compass and straight-edge construction and create a dazzling portfolio of geometric patterns from the Persian tradition.  ​ "A brilliant course so clearly and patiently taught. Such a lovely few days and plenty to work with after the course. Totally [...]

The Silver Ratio

The Silver Ratio, though less well know than it's shiny cousin, has similar mathematical properties and hence can be used to generate a highly flexible grid structure.​ After an introductory, contextual slide show exploring the proportional qualities of the Silver Ratio and their relevance to pattern design, we will construct [...]

Persian Patterns

Explore the geometric genius of the Persian master-craftsmen. Learn the art of compass and straight-edge construction and create a dazzling portfolio of geometric patterns from the Persian tradition with Daniel Docherty at SAOG Studios.

Epic Iran: A New Podcast with Tim Stanley

Tim Stanley, co-curator of the blockbuster exhibition 'Epic Iran' at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, shares with us the challenges of putting together such an ambitious exhibition, and the rewarding reception it had among the public. The show is the most significant survey of Iranian art history [...]

Indians in Safavid Iran: the Pictorial Evidence – An Online Talk by Dr Sheila Canby

Description Indians appear in Persian painting long before the Safavid period (1501-1722), either as characters in illustrations of the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi or Khamsa of Nizami or as unidentified labourers, elephant jockeys and the like. Over the course of the 16th and 17th centuries the Persian depiction of Indians expanded to include portraits and [...]

Episode 3: Layla S. Diba Talking About Art In Peril

Listen to our new podcast as part of the Arts In Isolation Series. Layla S. Diba narrates her experiences directing the Negarestan Museum in Tehran—and how it was erased from history.   Layla Soudabar Diba is an Iranian-American independent scholar and curator, specializing in 18th/19th-century and contemporary Persian art and the [...]

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