It is that time of the year when we announce our brand new Design Team! We have brought together not one or two, but TWELVE talented ladies to bring you never ending arts and craftspiration! In sha Allah! Get to know them better through the brief introduction below.
Hi everyone, I am Abigail Caidoy, a Filipina Expat and SAHM living in Dubai. I have two kids Kuya V (9yrs old) and Chloe (5 yrs old). We have been living here for 9 yrs now (as SAHM too), I blog at www.cuddlesandcrumbs.com as my way of “going out” and doing something “for me”. Over at the blog, I mostly share about family and food (lunch box).
I am Aliza Ansari born and brought up in Mumbai, India. I have done
graduation in BSc IT in 2016 and got married after 6 months and came to Abu Dhabi. Drawing and crafting have always been my interest from childhood but as I grew up, I became more interested in crafting.
Hi everyone! My name is Anjali. I’m an Indian currently residing in Jeddah, KSA with my husband. I am a calligraphy and lettering enthusiast and I love trying out artworks of different mediums, acrylics and watercolors being my favorite. I’m an architect by profession and that laid the foundation for my passion for lettering and art. I began my journey in lettering last year when I was inspired by the works of fellow artists on Instagram and decided to try my hand at it, and fell in love with it instantaneously.
I recently ventured into digital art and lettering and now take up projects like wedding invite designs, logo making, custom posters etcetera apart from my usual watercolor and hand lettering projects. Art is a form of therapy for me, and it is instantly relaxing and fun when I create something. I also love encouraging others to try their hand at it which is why I am thrilled to be on this team!
My name is Donna Espiritu, I’m from the Philippines currently living in Saudi Arabia with hubby and almost 3-year-old daughter. I’m a SAHM by choice but if I were working I’d be in an IT-related field. I’m a scrapbooker (and currently addicted to decorative planning hehe). You will notice I also do digital besides traditional scrapbooking.
I’m Fathima Jehan, Indian residing in Dubai for the past five years. I’m a civil engineer by qualification but right now a happy stay at home mom for my 3yr old princess. Art and crafting have been a big part of my life since childhood. Being in the gulf from a very early age, most of my lone time was invested in doing some form of art.Anything that connects me to my creativity fascinates me. I love to experiment in different art and craft mediums. I do quilling, paper crafting, watercolor painting, DIY and the list just goes on. Right now about a year, I am into brush lettering and calligraphy. And I must say that the experience is absolutely amazing.
Hi everyone, I am Harkee, a British Expat living in Dubai for the last 10 years. I am a mum to two kiddos (son aged 5.5 and daughter aged 3), work part-time as a corporate lawyer and blog at www.AStheygrow.me (albeit not as often as I would like to actually write!!)
I have always been into anything arty-crafty and love trying new mediums and crafts, everything from sewing to painting, lettering to scrapbooking, journaling to sketching, party decor and DIYs and of course lots of kids crafts and activities with my little ones. I have a storage room bursting full of craft supplies and a garage full of cardboard boxes and recyclables ready to craft with! My dream would be to have my very own craft room in my house!
Hi! I’m Mable Pereira-born in India and brought up in and currently living in Oman. I have two kids (my son is 6 years old and daughter is 18 months old). I work full time as an Equity Research Analyst at an investment bank.
I have always enjoyed making personalized cards and gifts for my family and friends from my school days and continued this passion through college and university. I made my first crafty investment in 2012 when I bought the Sizzix Big Shot and a lot of dies, stamps and distress inks! This lead to me learning so many new techniques and ways of making unique and personalized cards! After practicing daily for a year, I finally organized my first brush calligraphy workshop in July 2017 with the purpose of trying to be the teacher I didn’t have and I hope I can share my passion with much more!
Sathya Kala Sankaran
Hi All, Sathya here. Am from India, residing currently at Ajman, UAE after being relocated from Taiwan. I am a Toxicologist by Qualification and have a pulsating desire to pursue my Doctoral program. Learnt classical Bharatnatya dance, carnatic vocal and I do play musical instrument, Veena.
Have started Crafting/blogging in the year 2011 as a Quiller. Am a UK Quilling Guild Member and looking forward to UK Accreditation in the forthcoming years. Cardmaking, Stamping, Handmade Flowermaking are my fave till date. Have fallen in love with Mixed media for past 2 years, for the immense artistic freedom it offers. Mostly my MM projects are Nature inspired and deeply connected to some Inspirational quotes. My latest interests are Calligraphy and Watercolor Florals.
Shahana Abdul Rehman
Hey, everyone! I am Shahana. I live in Sharjah and I am a mom of an 8 month old baby boy. Love for cooking and food made me an amateur blogger and I have always loved art, colours and I ended up loving doodling/typography and watercolor.
Hello, my name is Ujjwal Gupta and I am a software-engineer-turned-stay- at-home-mom to a 5 years old naughty girl. I worked in a multinational company for 3 years as a software developer before calling it quits.
I have been paper crafting and blogging for more than 7 years now and it has been a very rewarding journey. From being a hobby, it has now become an entrepreneurial venture and a very satisfying one. While I felt stuck in my corporate job, this creative venture has been the most gratifying part of my life.
My style of art is mostly on the clean and simple lines and I love experimenting with different forms of art as well as mediums.
I love sharing my work with the enthusiastic creative community and I am thankful to Pretty Paper Studio for the opportunity to share my work, meet new people and learn in the process.
Hi, my name is Zeny Liz Bumalay-Gutierrez. Born and raised in the Philippines. I’m currently based in Oman, working as a Senior Architect – Interior Designer. Mum to 3 (ninjas!) boys – 9, 8 and 3 yo. I am a person who desires to create. It makes me feel happy. Designing and crafting are my cardio. I feed my soul with happy thoughts, creative things, and positive energy. I believe that I am responsible for my own happiness– in order for me to become a better mum, wife and a person.
Apart from my creative and technical role at work, I craft to maintain my creative endurance. I love planning and art journaling, lettering / modern calligraphy, painting/watercolor, sketching/doodling etc. I also love to make wearables and home decors by crochet-ing and paper cutting. I make lots of accessories and charms out of polymer clay too.
Hello Everyone! My name is Zeyna Sanjania and I am a Family & Lifestyle Blogger at www.mummonymymind.com. I am a British Indian expat Mummy to my three-year-old son (Master Z), with Baby number 2 on the way (due in January 2018), exploring Motherhood in Dubai.
Having studied Art in college, and later on completing my degree in Architecture, my love for Art and creating design projects only strengthened. I would paint murals on my bedroom wall or family portraits on canvas every summer, and this love for painting has now translated to quality time painting with my son, Master Z, almost on a daily basis. Give me some art supplies, and I am a happy bunny!
Hope you enjoyed reading all of their introductions. We will start with a new theme from the first week of November and our Design Team will be sharing several projects based on the theme. Stay tuned and don’t go anywhere!