I consider it a great privilege to learn about the existence of all sorts of creative talent in our diverse community. It’s exciting to see people putting their own mark on what may seem like familiar types of art and that often times it’s something they do in addition to another career or daily job. That’s been the case with the customized artwork CreationZ by artist Zeeshan Farooq.
I asked Zeeshan to tell us a little more about himself and his work since he decided to generously offer up a giveaway for My Halal Kitchen readers this Ramadan.
MHK: Tell us more about yourself, Zeeshan, and how you came to develop CreationZ.
CreationZ: I am originally from Pakistan living in Chicago, IL with my wife Nadia, a beautiful 2 yr old daughter Ayera, and a gorgeous 2 weeks old son Musa. I am a self-taught calligraphy artist. My interest in calligraphy started at an early age. I remember drawing my first calligraphic letter in 5th grade. Gradually, it became my passion and when time and resources permitted, I started practicing more often and improved my skills. I started professional calligraphy by addressing wedding invitations. I did some Arabic calligraphy here and there to give out gifts to friends and family. My wife said I could do better and I should add some more variety to my work, so I tried different techniques and mediums. What appealed to me and my audience was my use of bold colors and styles in Arabic calligraphy which stood out among traditional Arabic calligraphy art pieces that are mostly made in basic color combinations. I found new excitement and I switched my focus to customized Islamic work and stuck with that. I love bringing to life the perfect art piece in my client’s mind. I love what I do and I cannot thank Allah enough for his blessings in terms of talent, resources, family support, and so much more.
MHK: Can you give us some details about your artwork and products that make them unique and/or what makes your work or business unique from others in the same genre?
CreationZ: What makes my work unique is that I work with my customers from start to finish.I start with a detailed discussion of what they are looking for in the finished piece: color combinations, mediums, size, message- everything from start to finish is made as my customer pleases.
For example, I provide my suggestions along the way and in the end, we have a piece in hand which is unique and made just for you. If you have an idea, we can start from that. If you don’t have an idea then I can provide some suggestions to initialize your thought process. Customers send me pictures of their rooms, blankets, clothes, google images, etc. and I suggest ideas based on those. I love this process because it allows me to think about some color combinations that I may not otherwise think of trying. Recently, I made a large art piece in a silver and deep purple color combination, which came out amazing! If client had not requested this color combo, I may never have tried it. I love taking different and unique requests….
Here are some more photos of my recent customized artworks for wedding presents, gifts for newborn babies, graduation gift, or personal home decor.
I also have some you tube videos that show the process of making an artwork and final pics. I think it will be great to add those links.
About the Giveaway
CreationZ is giving away one customized 8×10 canvas, a $75 value. As such, this canvas will be made to order. The randomly-selected winner of this giveaway will be contacted to describe the color combinations and other details about the canvas. The canvas will also be signed and dated by the artist.
How to Enter
To enter this giveaway, leave a relevant comment at the end of this post about what you would like to custom order from CreationZ Art, should you win. Contest is open to worldwide entrants!
Deadline to enter is July 22, 2014 at 12:01 AM CST. Be sure to read our Official MHK Giveaway Guidelines before entering, as entering indicates you have read and agreed. Also, follow CreationZ Art on at least one social media platform:
website: CreationZ Art
A Bonus for Giveaway Participants
Every participant of this giveaway will receive 15% discount on their purchases at CreationZ’s Etsy Shop when they use the coupon code “MYHALALKITCHEN” at checkout.