Wabi Sabi @ Meraki Design and Art Studio maintains ties with aesthetics

Art products at Meraki Design and Art Studio.

Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer

A new art studio was launched this weekend in Dubai. It’s poised to make waves in the UAE arts community – Wabi Sabi is a community-based arts space that aims to engage audiences, promote local artists, and support the development of the arts scene through extensive programs arts, educational initiatives and communities. projects.

Through various public programs, he asserts, we will aim to increase knowledge and appreciation of the arts in the UAE; the aim is to build bridges between the arts and education, to open cultural dialogue in a non-judgmental environment, and to help carry the process of ideation into creation.

They do this by organizing workshops, conferences, events and opportunities to bring together a like-minded community. Wabi Sabi is housed in communal art studio Meraki Design and Art Studio in Al Quoz, Dubai, whose founders Pooja and Kajol are themselves deeply passionate about the arts and are active supporters of the Dubai art scene.


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“Meraki” is a word modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity or love – when you put something of yourself into whatever you do. It’s often used to describe cooking or preparing a meal — but it can also mean setting up a room, choosing decorations, laying an elegant table — or setting up a space for creativity to flourish.

Wabi Sabi, in traditional Japanese aesthetics, is a worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Aesthetics is sometimes described as an appreciation of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature.

It is the vision or thought of finding beauty in every aspect of nature’s imperfection and a way of describing that which is natural and pure, and of recognizing the beauty of all substance or being, in its purest form. natural and rawest. Wabi Sabi empowers people to be more tolerant and open to embracing the beauty of flaws and rawness.

Kajol, a skilled interior designer, puts her skills to work at the studio – which is evident in the sleek, abstract interiors of the art space. She holds a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture from Northumbria University in Newcastle.

Wabi Sabi 2 Pooja (left), Sana and Kajol at Meraki Design and Art Studio.

“Growing up in Dubai, UAE, which is extremely metropolitan,” she says, “makes me a dynamic and energetic person. My personality has a huge influence on my design; hence, it makes it dynamic, lively and finished with a touch of spontaneity.

Meraki is a multi-concept space that offers workshops to help its customers relax and is open to people of all skill levels.

Anyone interested in painting, candle making, soap making, resin art, carpentry or other forms of art and design, can come on site and practice the art of their choice. ; the studio offers a variety of payment and membership options and has captured the attention of art lovers across the city.

“For professional artists who want to work in a regular space, they can opt for the monthly subscription. For those who want to unwind with just one painting session after a long day at work, they can do so for a nominal fee,” says Pooja, co-founder of Meraki. Meraki is therefore the ideal coworking space for art lovers, at a convenient location and at an affordable price.

Sana Sajan, owner of Wabi Sabi, said, “My collaboration with Meraki is the ideal fusion where I would like to see my passion for art being able to touch the lives of people, who are as art-inclined as I am. Wabi Sabi will allow you to give your thoughts an outlet, through painting.

The UAE art scene has seen a dramatic change for the better, and following the inauguration of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, among other events, the region has seen a major influx of expats, many of whom are passionate about art. Open immigration policies and the oil-fueled economic boom drew creative minds to the country, and collectors and museum professionals followed, seeking to discover and learn about art in the region.

The art scene is now a massive industry in the UAE and the three entrepreneurs will spare no effort to inspire the minds of young aspiring artists and veterans alike. Sajan is an established artist herself and experiments with different styles. She mainly works in mixed techniques (acrylic paint and embellishments). She is a modern contemporary and Islamic calligraphy artist. She is also a doctor who paints to motivate and touch lives. Of Indian origin, she was born in Iran and is based in the United Arab Emirates. His paintings are a blend of nuances in a work of modern contemporary and Islamic calligraphy. His considerable collections have been auctioned in Dubai at various events, as well as privately. She has several achievements to her credit: Super 100 Women Achievers in the MENA region; Founder of ALIF; Brand Ambassador for the 2018 Global Goals World Cup and supporter of the right to education and the empowerment of women. She is an active member of the thalassemia awareness movement in the United Arab Emirates.

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