Nayla Al-Mulla, Qatar

An artist, educator and fashion brand consultant, Nayla studied Fashion Design at VCUQ and went on to specialize in Pattern-Making and Garment Production, coupled with a master's in Design Research from Central Saint Martins and London College of fashion.

Her past experience includes working on the military uniform project at the Center For Research in Design, as a garment technician at Qatar’s first luxury brand Qela, and Assistant Professor at VCUQ. Currently, Nayla works as a consultant to start-up brands meeting them where they are on their journey: from ideation and financial planning to product development and production.

In 2010 Nayla did her first Art Residency at the Fire Station followed by a second in 2021.



I Had Other Plans, 2020-2021
Free-motion Machine Embroidery on Cotton
367.5 x 152.5cm

I Had Other Plans reflects on the inner thoughts of Nayla Al Mulla during the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020–2021. It began as a therapeutic tally of days when the world went into lockdown, and evolved into the artist's visual diary of current events, memes, emotional dialogues, and social commentaries. The process of creating each square and the resulting chronological quilt was a way to document and make sense of the pandemic and the experience through it. The quilt is an object that protects you: a perfect medium for the survival mechanism that these daily embroideries became for Nayla Al Mulla. 


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