Sometimes an artist travels far and wide to discover that in the end all roads lead home. Jordanian designer and artist Ishraq Zraikat has had an incredible professional journey so far; studying architecture in the United States, textile design in Italy, working as a designer in architecture and fashion and even as a design journalist in New York her travels and cross cultural experiences have led her to have a unique insight into the world of design in three very different cultures and industries. Now having returned to Amman, where she grew up she is digging deep into the roots of Jordanian textile culture and seeking ways to bring this tradition into a sustainable future.
In this episode Ishraq shares some of her experiences of working across cultures and continents, and some of her new projects including a campaign to bring local Jordanian wool into use and to revisit the beautiful traditional Bedouin rugs of Jordan in a way that brings them into the world of contemporary design and fashion.
Aside from the themes of industry and design this episode touches on the deeper themes of cultural identity and homecoming. Finding a new way to connect with one’s culture of origin and is a particularly relevant conversation for those who (myself included), have divided their lives between two countries and are seeking to reconnect and reestablish themselves in their country of origin.
This episode is quite long and has an epic quality so make yourselves a pot of tea and get ready to hear some amazing stories and a very personal approach to design.
Or if you would prefer to listen you can here:
You can find out more about Ishraq and her work on her website: http://ishraqzraikat.com/
Or follow her on Instagram: @ishraqzraikat
You can also see two short videos about Ishraq’s work here:
About her textile journey and learning to weave Bedouin rugs: https://vimeo.com/118540936
From the presentation of her first handwoven prayer rug: https://vimeo.com/179542420
Would you prefer to listen? Find us on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/user-911455131-629910622/ishraq-zraikat
Music: "Add And" by Broke for Free www.brokeforfree.com/