Year in Review 2016: Leaps & Bounds

As the year draws to a close, I find myself scrolling through my camera reel over past events of the year.

In 2016, my trips to museums and galleries were followed by the privilege of attending courses by some of the most inspiring teachers through PSTA; I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to have studied under Amber Khokhar, Ayesha Gamiet and Nuria Garcia Masip. There is a treasure found in studying under teachers that is not found in books.

Learning under Ustadha Nuria Garcia Masip

Summer 2016 was one of the best summers I’ve ever had; refreshing, sweet and spiritually rich with Ramadan in the air, one of the most serene times of my life. We also discovered the best square pizza in the world, I left my job at Lush Oxford Street – and oh yeah, I got engaged. Alhamdulillah.

The following months were heavy, bursting open like an onslaught of rain. I was shown the importance of gratitude, of vulnerability, of saying ‘thank you’ more and closing the door less. I was taught that strength is not in brute force, but in the power of genuine humanity. We forget so often what it means to be real, to be alive, until life breaks us open like rocks split by water.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2017 is mainly this: to be a better person. To fight myself in favour of my conscience and my better judgement, to leave people better than I found them, to find light wherever the night may be. To grow as an artist, break barriers and connect with hearts through the silent universal language of visual art.

Wishing you all a year full of openings, blessings and lifted hearts. May the year be kind and laiden with treasures, and may your hearts be soothed and softened. Happy new year!

Z