Islamic Geometry, Brass Etching, Bookbinding with Hamza
Learn the traditional Moroccan crafts of drawing Islamic geometric patterns, brass etching and bookbinding under the guidance of Hamza, a multigenerational and multidisciplinary artisan and musician in Fes.
Hamza is a multidisciplinary craftsman and musician. He is an Andalusian Oud musician, a geometer, brass-smith, bookbinder, paper-maker, paper-marbler and founder of a crafts studio dedicated to Moroccan arts and crafts in Fes. He comes from a multigenerational family of artisans and passing on crafts knowledge is a family culture. He apprenticed under his father and traveled around 15 countries crafting and learning from masters. Now his mission is to continue this legacy and help people around the world connect with old Moroccan crafts. His traditional art revolves around the art of Compass & Ruler. With those two instruments, he draws and traces Moorish and Islamic geometric patterns, etches and engraves them on brass and copper trays and embosses them on leather book covers. During your time with him, he will show you how to be and feel like an artisan.
Learn about different Islamic art designs found in many of the Morocco's traditional buildings and mosques.
Learn how to create Islamic geometric designs and patterns using basic geometric instruments - compass and ruler.
Spend the entire time going deeper into advanced geometric designs or learn how to apply it on brass or leather.
For brass etching, you will learn the history of brass etching tradition whilst making your own tea tray. Using a compass, ruler and stamps, you will craft your own brass tea tray with your geometric designs.
For leather book making, you will learn step-by-step techniques of crafting your own leather bound journal – complete with Coptic Stitches and Kraft papers. For the cover, you will learn techniques of embossing and stamping your geometric designs on leather.
All materials and tools.
Fes is the third largest city in Morocco and known as the cultural capital of the nation. Fes El-Bali, the oldest walled medina, is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in the 9th century by a woman named Fatima al-Fihria. From discovering Souk Al Henna for the best spices and herbs to visiting Mellah, the oldest organized urban Jewish neighborhood in Morocco, Fes will be nothing short of rich sensations and history.
This VAWAA is available for a longer duration. Please let us know when you send a booking request. Hamza can also assist in a taxi-pick up and will be happy to take you to his favorite lunch spots.