Devlers



My work is based on the spectacular embroidery which flourished in rural Palestine in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. During this period some of the best 'Thobes' have been produced rich in colours and designs. Each village in Palestine had motifs that served as identifying markers for local women. Women would sew in items to represent their heritage, ancestry, and affiliations. The 'Thobe' was a way of communication for the locals to tell what village or area they come from. Whether married or not even if widowed through motifs, patterns, and colours. Young girls would be taught from the age of seven needle work and start producing and creating artistic designs passed mostly by their mothers & elder women adding their own individuality and creativity more often too. All this to prepare for their marriage trousseau or 'Jhaz'. It was a race between young girls to show how much they are talented and qualified to be good mothers & wives.


I have been brought up in a family that collects and cherishes the old Arab & Palestinian 'Thobe'. My fascination with this historic garment inspires me to create unique and bold designs and innovate under the old spirit by putting this heritage on a new plateau. This time I did this through embroidery in a way no one has seen before, but once seen the spirit of this heritage is there in a bold creative way. Every piece of embroidery has a name and a story to tell, putting big focus on the struggle of Palestine, or hold a message of tolerance and coexistence for the region and the world. Yet these pieces have a powerful magnetic design, a worldly language understood by all, giving joy and pleasure to the viewer.

Press & Media

• Trendesign magazine article 'The Great Exhibition: Amman Design Week' dated November 17th, 2016

"Face From Another World by Ziad Qweider was encased carefully. It was a collection of intricate and cryptic embroidery works. The pieces were both extremely minimalistic and complex at once. Each one of the pieces was meant to convey a message or tell a story - and that was anything from disintegration that results from civil war and armed conflict, to love and spiritual unity. Qweider delighted in explaining his works to his audience in hushed tones. He comes, at the end of the day, from a family that collects and cherishes the old Palestinian garment (or 'thob'). His fascination and love not only showed in his work, but in his words as well."

http://trendesignmagazine.com/en/2016/11/the-great-exhibition-amman-design-week/

• Disegno magazine article 'Amman Design Week' dated September 18th, 2016

"Amman is also home to displaced communities from Palestine, Iraq, and more recently Syria, who settled in the capital or in refugee camps. As such, traditions such as Palestinian embroidery techniques had a strong presence at the fair, with works by Ziad Qweider at the Hangar."

https://www.disegnodaily.com/article/amman-design-week#slide-7

•  Amman Design Week web site article 'Weaving, Embroidery, and Beyond' dated August 31st, 2016

"Qweider is exhibiting two pieces of intricate embroidery, entitled ‘Face From Another World’ and ‘Light & Hope Through Apartheid Wall’, inspired by traditional Palestinian embroidery. These works reflect their own cultural specificity as well as multiple traditions and histories. The designs are both extremely simple and complex using the designer's personal narrative to create its form. His work is at once bold, accessible, and universal, and brings joy and happiness to everyone who sees it."

http://www.ammandesignweek.com/media/news/weaving-embroidery-and-beyond

•  ABOUT A DRESS THAT READS LIKE A BOOK SPOTTED AT THE BEIRUT DESIGN WEEK june,2017

"Ziad Qweider showed his ‘Face From Another World’ at the Beirut Design Week: a series of 55 pieces of embroidery, containing codes with a contemporary message about the Middle East and the world in general, inspired by traditional rural Palestinian embroidery which flourished during the 19th and first half of the 20th century, and was used on traditional dresses called ‘thobes’."

http://www.damnmagazine.net/2017/06/27/dress-reads-like-book/

•  Amman Design Week video

• Face From Another World by Ziad Qweider -Radio Watar

FACE FROM ANOTHER WORLD – COLLECTION


My collection 'Face From Another World' is a collection of exquisite miniature embroideries based on the Palestinian embroidery traditions, history & heritage. In this collection my goal is to revive the historic Palestinian embroidery traditions into an art of coded messages. Our ancestors used different motifs patterns and colours to tell about themselves. In my collection I am using different motifs & designs, but under the same traditions, to tell our story now and our aspirations which are different than our ancestors. Some pieces have bold and hidden motifs as in the 'Blood & Stars' piece. Sometimes I am using the same design in a set of pieces where I strip the design gradually from one piece to the other to deliver my message as I did in the 'Segregation Wall' pieces. I used positive stability with four pillars to show our commitment and aspiration to return to our homes and land in the 'Return' piece. On the other hand, in the 'Soldiers & Flag' piece I used negative stability with other four pillars to indicate stagnation & castles tops for the ideologies they hold. In the 'Tolerance & Coexistence' piece I used different hues of red and oranges in a boiler to indicate bad heat 'hatred' as opposed to the same hues our ancestors used to indicate good heat 'love' as a reminder to the love, tolerance & coexistence our ancestors enjoyed.

The collection of 'Face From Another World' is set in a way to follow a story line where the audience would be inspired by the artistic miniature embroideries & the story line explanation that comes with. It should be noted that all my work has been designed, narrated, and hand knitted by myself and executed during the last five years.

1- Face From Another World

2016

16cm x 14.7cm x 0.025cm

A world under siege... Tired almost falling face, but will not melt cause it acquired the wire look and feel out of the surroundings in which he/she lives & got used to... Tensions zipping the eyes... Cried for long now you can see on the face topography grove canyon under the eyes. This face is magnetic, resilient & from another world. It is another world we don't know about... Dedicated to all nations under siege...

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

2- Heritage On A New Plateau 

2016

5.3cm x 4.4cm x 0.025cm

I consider this piece is the cell that I created to carry Palestinian heritage into more 21st century... Closer to our Islamic traditions but on a 21st century plateau... It is a piece to be enjoyed and not to be talked about!

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

3- Blood & Stars

2014

6.3cm x 13.2cm x 0.025cm

Rail of Blood Stars just fallen... They will retreat right and left high far above into sparkling dots... Some grids not yet filled, I am afraid many more war victims will follow... Into dots... Our stars...

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

4- Eternal Blood & Stars

2014

8.8cm x 64.7cm x 0.025

Rail of Eternal Blood Stars just fallen... They will retreat right and left high far above into sparkling dots... Some grids not yet filled, I am afraid many more war victims will follow... Into dots... Our stars...

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

5- Light & Hope Through Segregation Wall

2016

4.8cm x 4.3cm x 0.025cm

This is our hope that this Wall one day will disappear and you can see here almost you have windows of hope start opening here, cracking... You have flash here and there into more cracking into disappearing hopefully one day peacefully.

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

6- Life On Rope

2016

2.1cm x 13.7cm x 0.025cm

A language from another world... And why a language from another world because the whole nations came here in this big fight and all the news in all languages, it’s the story of the planet. All languages but as if no one is listening, no one is understanding, as if there is no way of communication. So I thought maybe we need a new language because suffering doesn't stop the war, the bloodshed, and the refugees. So maybe we need a new language... Here actually it was not easy to create a new language that doesn't look like any other language we know, yet I wanted it to be related to this area so it could be from our ancestors, from very early civilizations who lived here. I wanted every alphabet to be very dynamic; every alphabet here is one of us. This guy is catching to the rope with his hands facing him another alphabet a guy catching the rope with his hands and legs, but at the end it is a rope and God knows if it breaks...

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

7- Soldiers & Flag

2015

4.2cm x 8.1cm x 0.025cm

The four pillars design represent negative stability... Stagnation. Four soldiers, unfortunately, the guys they recruit these days and one of them is holing a flag the old parade way Nazi Germany. The top of the piece are castles tops which they carry, the ideologies they hold giving stagnation for the whole region. Here unfortunately they are celebrating death which is not part of our culture or religion.

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

8- Architect into Flower

2016

10.4cm x 9.2cm x 0.025cm

An Architectural piece... Putting our heritage on a new plateau with a flow and a space, giving joy and pleasure to the viewer...

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

9- Heritage We Carry On Sail 

2015

2.5cm x 5.8cm x 0.025cm

A rich piece in colour, design & technique gives an example on how some of the old Palestinian dresses were made. This shows too how rich is the heritage we carry with us this time on a sail design. This sail is one of three other sails. These sails resemble Palestinians in 1948, Palestinians in 1967, and Palestinians all around the world. These sails did not anchor yet.

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

10- Tolerance & Coexistence 

2016

7.4cm x 5.0cm x 0.025cm

This design is all about Tolerance and Coexistence, the arrows are the forces that are going back and forth that cannot escape the container... It tells our story in the Middle East where different religions were living in harmony for hundreds of years under Islam... Now these forces are clashing each other unfortunately and cannot escape the container, very thick, because at the end no one will leave his beloved country. These arrows are equal in size and colour which means no one can win over another religion to eliminate it. Through colour variation you get the feel of a boiler where these forces are clashing each other, and I am afraid this boiler will explode in our faces at the end. 

'Face From Another World'
Copyright Ziad Qweider
(All Designs Protected By Law)

'وجه من عالم آخر'
مسجل تحت حقوق الملكيه الفكريه للمالك زياد قويدر
التصاميم جميع الحقوق محفوظه لزياد قويدر

'Would love to show my pieces and deliver the message of tolerance... I believe through art we can reach the hearts of all'
Ziad Qweider

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