Archive for the ‘indulgence’ Category

Temple of Self(or the egocentric nature of blogging)

June 19, 2007

fingerprints2, originally uploaded by asiya2.

My personal observation is that creative people tend to be very egocentric. I don’t mean selfish. Often creativity goes hand in hand with a rich sensitivity that lends towards a kind and gentle nature. The flipside is that it also leads towards introspection and neurotic self-exploration. I have been wondering about the notion of the creative self within the framework of Islam. We are supposed to focus on subduing our egos, not cultivating them. Is there room then for creativity as an expression of self or should it always point to something Bigger?




Studio Space

June 6, 2007

Self Portrait challenge, originally uploaded by asiya2.


  I have joined Self Portrait Challenge as a means of trying to challenge myself to start doing creative things once more. Yesterday I made myself a studio space in the corner of my bedroom. I am so thrilled with it that I keep just going and sitting there! June’s SPC is to take a photo of yourself in surroundings that express something about yourself. There really could be no better place for me to start than with a photo of myself in my new space.


It is a private, peaceful corner where I can dream and start the process of making again. I have missed drawing. Making this space is almost like finding myself again after motherhood. It sounds corny I know!


Must stop writing and go sit!



and a gift for moi

June 1, 2007

and a gift for moi, originally uploaded by asiya2.


Sydney Road has long been my favourite street in Melbourne. Although I’m not quite a local, I live on it’s suburban (and more affordable) fringe, I  spend a considerable amount of time there. If I was a street, I would be Sydney Road! It caters to all the sides of my personality. There are arty farty cafes that remind me of my pretentious youth, art galleries, op shops,  antique and bric a brac shops, places that sell designer gumboots, Lebanese bakeries and baklawa palaces, Italian cheese wholesalers, many, many places that cater for the fashionable and not so fashionable Muslimah! There are shops selling beautiful Turkish tiles, Moroccan tagines, bunches and bunches of gerberas and cornflowers.


The only thing it lacks in my opinion are bookshops. There are a few second hand places but nothing extensive. It would be the perfect place for a really good Islamic bookshop, not selling the stock standard lay preacher style or Salafi reconditioned texts, but something that reflects the complexity and diversity of Muslim thought and history. But even a standard good bookshop would make me happy, perhaps there is one already and I just haven’t found it. If I had the cash, I’d start one myself.


On yesterdays expedition I came home with this lovely hand printed fabric from The Olive Grove. I am going to use it to make a curtain for my kitchen. And since it’s been a very long time since I bought myself a present, I couldn’t resist buying some Jurlique handcream. Oh bliss!