What news could possibly be better than receiving a crystal cake plate full of red velvet beauties, a new vintage frock, or even experiencing a rainy day in the desert? Here’s what: Good Magazine has published my feature article “Made in the UAE: How to Collect Affordable Art” in the November 2013 issue!
I loved writing this article because it gave me the chance to offer expats some really practical advice on beginning a personal art collection. So many people move to the UAE expecting to only be here for two years at most. Seven years later they are still living with a “it’s only temporary” mindset and their rented flats have blindingly white walls or even worse—generic, mass produced posters bought at a big box all-in-one store (Ahem, you know which one I’m referring to, but it will go unnamed because I am keeping things classy today! Let’s just say it is the place where relationships go to die, and it is virtually impossible to visit said store without having an argument, a meltdown, or having to step over a tantrum-throwing toddler).
The reality is that high quality original work is available locally in the Dhs 360-18,000 price range, so there is no excuse for blank walls or bad art that doesn’t feed the soul. My article helps expats to find (true) art love and encourages them to support some fine local galleries.
Good Magazine also invited me to recommend four young UAE artists to watch. I feel personally connected to the work and life experiences of the rising stars I put forward. I would love to know what you think of my top picks: Noor Al Suwaidi, Mohammed Albadri, Alia Dawood, and Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi.
You can download a PDF copy of the full article here:
Great Idea: Good Magazine is a Motivate Publication and is available at bookshops, grocery stores, and other outlets all over the UAE. I adore the magazine for its no-nonsense, practical advice and am forever getting ideas from their Facebook page for ways to make our lives easier and even more fabulous. Check it out here.