Naqsh Collective

The sister duo Nisreen and Nermeen Abu Dail behind naqsh collective explore traditional narratives, folklore and motifs through a selection of design-art pieces. Using regional Middle Eastern embroidery patterns as their starting point, the Collective offers a permanence to the stories told through this delicate, age-old tradition by deconstructing its basic elements and reinterpreting them using solid, elemental materials — such as marble, wood and brass — that stand the test of time.

 

About Nisreen Abu Dail

 

B. 1976

 

Nisreen Abu Dail received her B.Arch in architecture from The Jordan University of Science and Technology. nisreen takes architecture as her point of departure from which to understand art and design. nisreen honed her creative process outside of the confines of architecture, with a distinct minimalist aesthetic she experimented with embroidery, textiles, jewellery, furniture and handcrafted cards that were exhibited in local venues. In 2004 nisreen moved to the USA where she simultaneously developed her career as both an architect and artist, studying screen-printing at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C and exhibiting her artwork in local and national art shows and festivals including Artscape (2007). In 2009 the Embassy of Jordan in Washington D.C. invited nisreen to participate in Arabesque: Arts of the Arab world, an international festival of Arab culture organised and hosted by the city's prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Returning to Jordan in 2009, together with her sister, Nermeen Abu Dail, nisreen co-founded naqsh collective.

 

About Nermeen Abu Dail

 

B.1980

 

nermeen abu dail graduated with a BA in graphics from Yarmouk University. She established herself as a leader in graphic design working with prominent regional and international agencies, before going on to establish naqsh collective with her sister Nisreen. Currently based in Dubai, Nermeen's creative efforts fall within the branding field, fusing her intimate understanding of local culture with her expertise in visual identity.

 

2018, Abu Dhabi Art, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural Distrect, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2018, Unit & Diaspora, Amman, Amman, Jordan
2018, Jameel Prize 5 exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2018, Venice Design 2018, Venice, Italy.

2018, Solo Exhibition, at Tabari Artspace, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

2017, Amman Design Week, Amman, Amman, Jordan

2017, Naqsh in Tiraz, Amman, Jordan
2017, Design Language, Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy

2017, Design Days, Dubai, UAE

2016, Art Riyadh at Saudi Design Week, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. under Naila Art Gallery
2016, The Hanger Exhibition at Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan
2016, At the Seams, Palestinian Museum Exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon
2016, Design Days, Dubai, UAE
2015, Wihdeh solo exhibition at Khalil Sakakini Culture Center, Ramallah, Palestine
2015, Wihdeh solo exhibition at Al Ma'amal Foundation, Old Jerusalem, Palestine
2015, Design Days, Dubai, UAE
2014, Design Days Dubai, UAE
2013, Naqsh In Tiraz solo exhibition at Tiraz "Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress", Amman, Jordan

 

SELECTED PRESS

2021, The Guardian, The thirst trap of London’: UK welcomes Every Woman Biennial

2020, Mille World, Naqsh Collective is On a Mission to Evoke the Palestinian Spirit of Times Past. Art Dubai puts the spotlight on the art collective’s deeply personal practice

2018, Architectural Digest, Naqsh Collective pays tribute to Palestine through design