Talked at Tedx UJ about fear, and how it effects decisions you make. While fear may have stopped me from doing many things in my life, it also helped me get out of my comfort zone and try new things. It was a great pleasure speaking to the students of University of Jordan in their critical time of making career decisions.
A portrait exhibition with contributing female artists from around the world. Dina showed 2 collections, one of which was “A Dull Ache”.
“Shades of solitude in charcoal and watercolor: portraits of a soul with a longing for longing. A dull ache that comes from nothing and becomes nothing. A universal restlessness; the result of a yearning for something – anything – to long for. In the darkness of solitude we grasp for something that may or may not be there. But are we afraid of being alone too long?”
As part of the Room to Read workshop for local Jordanian writers, publishers and illustrators, 600,000 Arabic books were created to give out to public schools and refugees in Jordan for free. Dina Fawakhiri was amongst the illustrators trained in this 5 day intense workshop. As a result, her illustrations of the Arabic book “Goodnight Mother”, written by Hiyam Abu Al Adas and published by Majdalawi Masterpieces , was one of the many distributed to children across Jordan.
“Yesterday we brought our vibrant children’s books to The Collateral Repair Project, where Iraqi, Yemeni, Sudanese, Palestinian and Syrian families huddled for storytelling time! Every public school in the country will receive 4 copies of these books with the remainder going to local refugee camps and disenfranchised communities. Thank you to everyone who helped make these 600,000 books happen.”
Dina Fawakhiri collaborates with Dubai based/ award winning boutique Sauce on the Nostalgic T-shirt collection. Displayed at the Super Design Market at D3 for Dubai Design Week, the collection was quickly sold out. The series included illustrations of famous Arab actors, Fifi Abdo, Adel Imam and Zeinat Sedki with famous lines they’re known for.
Our lives today are shaped by an ever-increasing consumerist culture, continuously subjected to marketing tools in the form of billboards and other outdoor advertisements in many shapes and sizes. They are all over the city trying to sell us a product, a service, and even a cause. Since marketing has shifted online, the ‘likes’, ‘hearts’ and range of emojis have become the new currency to show the success of a campaign. “Full Heart” is a still billboard that shows how we now use social media to market and PR ourselves – by showing the world what our ‘heart’ supports and how we would like to appear to others. Only when the viewer decides to move does it reveal the truth behind what really fills our hearts and how empty of a currency these effortless support clicks really are. Have we become desensitized to everything around us? Have we lost our compassion to the point that only the commercial appeals to our senses?