Over a Month

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I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted a blog post!

A lot have been going around and my whole schedule got ruined almost every day. I was planning for a new online course but had to abandon the idea for the time being. I still am running around to get some errands done as well as work for my brand. I think it’s time for me to partner with others to help sustain the company else I’ll run out of energy, hehe.

Anyway, I’m still creating daily content for my social media accounts (personal and my brands: Artistakw) which kept me busy few hours of the day. Then comes the planning for how to spend the rest of the day.

Since January I had a restless schedule full of work and meetings. I’d love to discuss the details but I still think it’s too early for me to do that. All I can say is that I’m starting a new idea for a project with partners this time.

During that time I explored different coffee shops in Kuwait. I created a short list of the coffee shops I tried:

 

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@Cafcafe: Located in Crystal Tower, Sharq

 

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@Pick Yo: They have several branches but the one I went to is located in Lily Center, Shuwaikh.

 

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Located in Crown Plaza, Farwaniya

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@VOL1: Located in Sharq, Kuwait

 

 

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Me at the DAI Festival

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For a month I’ve been preparing for this day.
Starting this month I got such a busy schedule that my whole priorities got messed up!

I was torn between having some time to create new designs and painting them, organizing my business, being present at social media daily, and having little time for myself. Not to mention emergencies and events that occur from time to time. Honestly, November was one hell of a busy month for me!

I know I was absent for a long time but I’ll try to stick to my original plan which was to post weekly blog post. I don’t think my circumstances will be as bad as this month yet I’ll plan everything and stick to my schedule.

Back to the festival …

The festival was organized by DAI (Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah ) and it took place on November 25th. I wasn’t fully prepared for it but I showed up with all the work I could get on my table. In my next blog post I’ll explain to you why I had such a short time to prepare for this, though.

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Anyway, but since I already registered and reserved my own table it would’ve been professional of me not to show up, right? Within 4-5 days I finally got to finish printing  and preparing my work. Usually I spend more time designing, printing, and thinking about displaying my products and setting up my table but yesterday I didn’t have enough time to do so.  Last time I joined an exhibition was 3 years ago and things changed since then. Especially that it’s my first time joining other artists who share the same profession as I do. So my expectations on who’ll attend and what they’ll display were high. And that alone made me extremely nervous. But then again, I was able to get everything done on time and had a great time there.

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The event went from 2pm until – 9pm and I stayed from 12pm – 8 pm. I was expecting an official event start and TV recording and such but there weren’t any. To me it made me feel less nervous and I ended up enjoying my time instead of thinking about being too professional for the camera, lol.

The weather in Kuwait is starting to get cold, so I had to wear closed-toe heels and knitted jacket. They kept me warm enough until the time I left.

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What I displayed were some hand-paintings, digital canvases and wall art, mugs, coasters, and some stationery items. The variation was there but I didn’t follow a specific theme which perhaps looks confusing enough for people not to know what those products represent. That made me think of printing new designs these days and storing them until an event comes up so there’ll be enough time for me to think about the theme, display and such.

All in all I always learn new things whenever I attend on participate at any event. You get to meet new people and socialize with them. And to be honest I overcame the fear of talking to people especially those who are older than I am. It’s an amazing thing to get complimented for your work, collaborate with others and showing the world your skills. There’s no point in sitting at home waiting for opportunities. Seek them for them to find you.

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Back to Kuwait

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After my one month stay in Japan I returned home last Saturday. As much as I loved being overseas, I missed home a lot. Most of all, I missed my room! It’s the place I get all of my inspiration and crazy ideas at, lol.

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Although I bought a bunch of markers and paints from there, I went to a stationery store today and bought even more. The thing is that I don’t focus on purchasing acrylics because I don’t paint on canvases a lot. But yesterday I painted a small pattern design on a regular A4 paper. When I woke up today I was determined to trace that design on a small 20x20cm canvas. Therefore, I bought some really good acrylic paints and went back to my design.

FolkArt acrylics are truly good and they have too many shades of colors that I have hard time choosing what to buy! There are different types like the ones in the above image. There are ‘glow in the dark’ paints, normal acrylics, and metallic paints. I’ll try painting my newest pattern using these and will post the result when I’m done with it.

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The Indian Heritage

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Last week, I went to the ‘Indian Heritage’ store. It’s an Indian textile store full of preppy textiles and fabric. I love going there and walking around the store staring at the wonderful fabrics.

As you can see in the photos they showcase their fabrics in different ways including cushions and sofas.

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The store has two stories. The first one has fabrics and designed clothes while the second has some furniture and fabrics for curtains and furniture.

My Visit to Lush

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I went to ‘Lush’ last week to try out their hair products. It’s not my first time visiting them but it’s been a while.

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I have high fascination over organic products. So I did a little research before visiting ‘Lush’. I went over to their website and looked at the list of products they offer. It was totally amazing!

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If I hadn’t do that research part I wouldn’t have bought anything. When I have wide selections to choose from without having any idea what to choose, I always end up not buying anything.

So far I truly like their products and I like their smell too!

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