Seven Circles “Empowering Through”s latest book celebrates the female art scene in Jordan by featuring the stories and paintings of 88 women artists. This book brings together public and private sectors, civil society, academia, impact funds, and aid agencies to empower women artists economically and socially.
The book also aims to address gender inequality in regard to social justice. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the UNFPA and the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) and will be invested in psychosocial and legal programs that help women who have been exposed to gender-based violence.
Collaborated with local jeweler Siera.me to make gold pendants in my signature contemporary calligraphy “yes” in different Arabic accents, and in pure gold. In a move to push for more positivity, and saying yes to more opportunities, and challenge a society that thinks “you cannot”, this collection “Positively Arabic” focuses on the different ways of saying the word “yes” in different dialects that all Arabs understand and connect with. A personal project that allows customization and identifying with an accent you use.
A yellow book, traveling between artists in the region, expressing and collaborating which each other. Intersecting an artists half drawing – in this case artist Nour Taher, and then filling in another two and a half pages for someone else to intersect.
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?”
An exhibition at Jacaranda celebrating the beauty, and poison, of flowers. “Flowers are usually taken at face value; they are beautiful and, outside of their natural habitat, are most often used as decorative elements or shows of affection. In Pretty Poisonous, artist Dina Fawakhiri places an unexpected lens on these common creatures.
If beauty is only skin deep, then flowers are likewise deceiving. By portraying flowers in delicate but extremely detailed views, the artist draws attention to the hidden toxicity that these flowers contain. In this newly commissioned series, their hyper-stylized form and contrasting color alludes to elegance and attraction, while simultaneously painting a surreal picture of seduction.”
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.”