Nour Hage, UK and UAE

Nour Hage is an award-winning British-Lebanese artist and designer, working across textile and digital spheres. Her practice is centred on the exploration of Middle Eastern identities, culture, history and storytelling with a particular focus on the role of women, the supernatural and mental wellbeing.

Based between London and Dubai, she was the inaugural Jameel Fellow at the V&A Museum in 2021-22 and was awarded the Boghossian Foundation Prize in 2014. A Parsons School of Design (Paris) graduate, Nour has exhibited at many coveted establishments including Dr Johnson’s House (London), The Albany/Haramacy Residency (London), Nowhere (NYC) and has an upcoming solo exhibition at Leighton House (London) this year. Her work has recently been acquired by the V&A museum and private collectors.

 

ABOUT THE WORK

Running around mother, happy 2022
Piñatex, wool, cotton yarn and wood dowel
217x132cm

The colour black is believed to deter the evil eye away from children. It is thought that dressing them in black, or having a piece of black cloth attached to their wrists or even applying black kohl around their eyes confuses the evil eye and steers it away from them. The use of different black materials, coupled with the weaving and braiding of soft and rough textiles, creates a form of playfulness that embodies the innocence of our childhood.

 

My heart is peaceful, my body is warm, 2022
Natural indigo dyed linen, wool, gold foil cotton yarn, silver braided yarn, agate beads, polyester and viscose thread
181.5cm x 130cm

The sun and the moon have been powerful symbols since antiquity. They were used to measure time and held great importance in people’s daily life. The cool light of the moon brings calmness, peacefulness and steadiness to its observer, while the vibrant light of the sun brings energy and warmth. These two states of being are interpreted by the use of silver and gold, embroidered in a couching technique prevalent in traditional Palestinian embroidery. The linen fabric is hand-dyed with indigo in reference to the cultural meaning of the natural dye in the Levant. Believed to deter the evil eye, the pigment was widely used to dye items of clothing, stitching yarn and even smeared on babies’ foreheads as a form of protection

 

For more information, images and purchase enquiry, please email skene@ruekothari.com 

Website: nourhage.com
Instagram: @nourhage_

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