It’s section of human nature to find routines, and also to relish in the skillful play of color and beautiful types, especially the ones that are informed by character. Perhaps the many complex pattern-play are seen in Islamic artwork, which includes an impressive visual lexicon of nature-inspired geometries that overlap and interlace to produce stunning works of art and architecture.
These patterns aren’t anything new, but with the assistance of modern technologies that could effortlessly iterate these types, artists ‘ are indeed having lots of fun with them and pushing some boundaries also. Building upon traditions found in Islamic geometry, embroidery, tooth function, United Emirates-based artist Julia Ibbini synthesizes them into these incredible laser-cut artworks which appear to collide with a living harmony of colour and form.
As Ibbini explains, a lot of her job is not just centred on the “language of pattern and ornament,” teasing stories from every curve, but it also questions that arise out of her multicultural history — a double Jordanian-British national who lives in UAE:
My work plays on combinations and contrasts. Complex digital design using computer algorithms along with a modern aesthetic juxtaposed against traditional decoration and craftsmanship resulting in functions of extreme intricacy articulating themes of identity, place and belonging.
Each of Ibbini’s works begins as a single line and circle, which then evolve using a variety of digital tools to make larger and larger types. These digital drawings are then laser-cut, layer by layer, using paper and mylar, on a customized laser-cutting machine.
Each work may take weeks to finish, by drawing to cuttingedge, and every work can have countless pieces which have to be glued together. Inks are then added to the mylar pieces to give stunning pops of vibrancy.