Zarah Hussain collaborates with Wood Street Walls & Amal - a Said Foundation Project, for Pick Your Pattern 2017
Artist Zarah Hussain collaborates with Wood Street Walls to promote Islamic-inspired art in Walthamstow
22 MAY 2017, WALTHAMSTOW, LONDON
SummaryWood Street Walls, supported by Amal – A Said Foundation Project - has has commissioned Zarah Hussain in collaboration with Wood Street Walls to paint her first outdoor mural of 2017, asking the public to choose between four different artworks inspired by Islamic geometry and patterns - the winning design will be painted on the wall on the corner of Walthamstow Market & Vernon Road in the month of June as part of Ramadan and Eid celebrations.
East London urban arts collective, Wood Street Walls have collaborated with Walthamstow based and internationally recognised artist Zarah Hussain to participate in this year's Pick Your Pattern project, in partnership with Amal, an initiative that supports Muslim cultures and arts in the UK, including storytelling, visual arts, theatre, poetry, music, dance and film.
Pick Your Pattern 2017 will be promoted throughout London and the public is encouraged to vote on one of the four designs created by Zarah Hussain.
Every individual that votes will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 shopping credit at The Mall. People will be able to vote online via the Pick Your Pattern website, or vote in person by downloading the form or completing a Pick Your Pattern Postcard which will be delivered to thousands of households in Walthamstow and the surrounding areas with the support of Local Estate Agent Stow Brothers. Completed forms can be delivered to a drop off point located in The Mall, Walthamstow.
About the Artist
The work of Zarah Hussain is at the intersection between science and spirituality, combining contemporary digital art with a rigorous training in traditional Islamic geometry drawn by hand. Her work encompasses a range of forms, from looping infinite animations made with code, to sculpture, painting and interactive apps. Her work uses mathematics that celebrate the order and structure found in the universe to create a range of work based on infinite repeating patterns.
"I am excited to be part of Wood Street Walls' Pick Your Pattern Project for 2017. I love the idea that local people will choose the final design and I am looking forward to creating a permanent Mural in Walthamstow" Zarah Hussain, Artist
"This is AMAL's first arts and culture intervention in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and we're extremely happy that an artist of Zarah's caliber to help engage with the local community and seek their feedback on their views & perception of British Muslim Culture" Founder, AMAL
"After a very chance meeting between Zarah's family and mine, we briefly discussed on how we could collaborate together. I didn't envisage that only after two or three months with AMAL's help we'd be painted. The team are indebted to the Mughal family for donating their wall, and I hope this project really resonates with the whole community. " Mark Clack, co-Founder, Wood Street Walls
"After seeing the work of Wood Street Walls on a recent project they have been working on the road of my home, I asked them to come up a proposal for a family run business we manage. The whole family are hugely excited that Zarah is painting the wall of a building that has been in the family for over 30 years. Having the wall now becoming a new visual landmark for High Street, overlooking the iconic Walthamstow Market is a great feeling." Haroon Mughal, Wall & Local Business Owner
"As long time collaborators with Wood Street Walls, we are proud to support Zarah and the AMAL Foundation on Pick Your Pattern 2017. We look forward to people from around the area and beyond participating in this project both online and also dropping off their paper voting forms at the special Pick Your Pattern voting mailbox at the Mall. " Rebecca Marjoram, The Mall
About Wood Street Walls
Wood Street Walls has three main goals as an organisation:
1. To bring public art to our area of East London for residents and visitors to enjoy, to encourage greater footfall and custom to local business. We have looked to other successful initiatives over the pond such as Wynwood Walll
2. To provide free periodic workshops for the charities, school children and beyond - to build a connection between the artistic and local community and help develop grow new talent for the next generation of artists.
3. Our final and biggest goal of our project is the establishing of a new creative hub for the area: Wood Street Studios, by repurposing a disused and derelict building in the area. According to a study commissioned by the Mayor of London, in 5 years over 30% of the current 14,000 artists in London will no longer have a place to call their own due to rising rents and land being developed by residential housing.