Monday, May 30, 2011

New Welcome page for FB fan page!

Check it out on and do not forget to suggest this page to your friends to help promote and support Lebanese arts & crafts!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

for Children Cancer Center Lebanon from Latifa Art

You can find Latifa's Art on and check out's "Not for Profit" section here where offered items are not for profit for neither Latifa Art nor and where proceeds will go to the Children Cancer Center of Lebanon.

Latifa el Hachem Tary, is a Lebanese Artisan. In 1997 she finished her studies in Art Plastic in Sacré Coeur - Hadath, to get by correspondence her master from Ecole des Beaux Art - La Rochelle, France. After working on several private projects in the Gulf, Latifa turned her passion into a full time job by launching her workshop in 2002 under ELTJ Group sarl. Soon after, the Latifa-Art brand, famous for turning simple pewter into works of art, was born.

In addition to her title as Artisan, Partner and General Manager, Latifa is a Member of the Committee of the Lebanese Artisan. In 2009 she received the "Member of the Year 2008-2009" from Madison Who's who - USA, publishers of the Madisson Who's who Registry of Executives and Professionals, having demonstrated exemplary achievement and distinguished contributions to the business community worldwide, and she is member of the LLWB (Lebanese League for Women in Business) Beirut.

In her work shop she creates handmade home and office accessories, lighting, personal items and souvenirs. These include mirrors, napkin rings, jewelry boxes and intricately designed frames. The pewter is often combined with different material such as wood, glass, plexi glass and even paintings.

Lebanon Festivals 2011

So, the summer is nearly here and the Lebanon Festivals are publishing their programs for 2011:

The Byblos International Festival from 18 June to 23 July:
28 June - 30 July: Don Quixote (Play by Marwan, Ghadi and Oussama Rahbani)
5 July: MOBY (Electronic Music)
6-7 July: SCORPIONS (Rock band)
9 July: Florent Pagny (best selling French artist)
12 July: Jamie Cullum (Pianist, crooner, showman)
16 July: Thirty Seconds to Mars (Alternative Rock band)
20 July: Amadou et Mariam (best selling act from Africa)
23 July: Les Mysteres Lyriques (playful and interactive introduction to Opera)

Beiteddine festival from June 24 to August 5th, 2011:
24-25 June « Sabah », a musical comedy
8 July Roberto Alagna, ténor Franco-Italian
15 -16 July Kazem al-Saher, Arabic singer
19 July George Benson, R&B and Guitarist
22 July « Babel » of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, contemporary dance show
27 July Ibrahim Maalouf Quintet, électro beats, rock, jazz and oriental melody
30 July « Stabat Mater », "chant choral de la liturgie byzantine, les maqâms, incantations soufies et transes des derviches tourneurs dans un hommage chrétien et musulman à la Vierge Marie"
4 August Farida, « La voix de la Mésopotamie », traditional Iraqi mâqam

The Tyre Festival from 1-18 July:
Flying Tzars, July 1-3
Lebanese Spoken Language Poetry, July 9
Abdallah Al Ruwaished, July 10
Pan Arab Poetry night, July 16
Amir Yazbeck, July 17
Assi El Hellani, July 18

The 19th Al Bustan Festival will take place from 21 February to 25 March, 2012. The theme of the Festival will be: The Music of Latin America.

The Baalbeck international festival program 2011 will be announced soon.

For more info, links to festivals:
Byblos Festival:
Beiteddine Festival:
Baalbeck Festival:
Al Bustan Festival:
Tyre Festival:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Creabulle: Trendy Leather Creations

Creabulle - Trendy leather creations is a Lebanese based production house founded by Zeina Hayek Makhlouf and Jessy Soukayem Maalouf in 2008.

Creabulle features trendy leather creations for home, office as well as personal accessories. They also offer an outstanding selection of personalized gifts and souvenirs for all occasions: wedding, new-born, corporate events, promotional items, etc. Their designs are practical yet fashionable; They make day-to-day items fun to use. Their customers are trendy persons who look for items that are different and modern.

Check out Creabulle's page at

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ArabCrunch: achtART, e-shopping Site for Arts and Crafts from Arab and Lebanese Artists and Craftsmen

achtART is an E-Commerce site for Arts and Crafts says it aims at helping regional and Lebanese artists and crafts-people showcase their artistic creations through an online platform and offer those creations for sale.

The site showcase artists products according to the category they belong to: paintings, home/ office accessories, design jewelry, wooden structures, not for profit, furnitures and fashion accessories.

Like any other e-commerce site achtART allows you to view items with their price add them to shopping cart and buy them at checkout. The website also features some of its artists.

The site has a nice concept but since it is about art, I think it should improve its design and UI.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sandra Sahyoun: Painter and Furniture Designer

Born in 1978, Sandra Kheir Sahyoun graduated in interior design with a specialization in furniture design from ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts) where she currently teaches interior design. She held many solo exhibitions in Lebanon (Robert Mouawad Private Museum, State of Art Gallery), in Vienna ("Rathaus" Municipality of Vienna, Raiffeizen Central Bank, Parliament of Vienna , Kunstraum Gallery,...), in Paris (Office du Tourisme Libanais) and participated in several collective exhibitions.

Sandra cannot be restricted to a single art school. She wanders freely between them to such an extent that she finds no boundaries between abstract and reality in her acrylics, oils or watercolors. She finds her inspiration from raw material in her daily life, the media broth and hundreds of photographs throughout her travels. Transparency alternates between the figure and the background and we can see through the space opening between silhouettes, graphic symbols, abstract or geometrical shapes, another layer of reality... Her designs are the fruit of a permanent dialogue between oriental traditions and purity of lines. Having at her disposal a large variety of wooden essences, Sandra Kheir Sahyoun, re-worked the "marquetrie" in a way to change it from a simple two-dimensional veneer to a real three-dimensional structural process of assembling wood as if skin turned out to be the skeleton at the same time.

Sandra is proudly a part of's artists. You can find her page here:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lebanese Colombien Artist, Denise Daccach

Denise Daccach Fiat, is a Lebanese designer who lives between Lebanon and Cali, Colombia, S.A. She first studied fashion design in Paris and continued with jewelry design.

Denise has taken part in several jewelry exhibitions in Colombia, Panama and Argentina. In her workshop she creates exclusive designs made in sterling silver, natural and semi precious stones with the label of KANZ.

Denise's designs are proudly a part of, and you can find them at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Meet Achtart, Lebanese Arts Sold Online!

Posted by Pascale M. under News in

We’ve just discovered, an e-commerce shop that helps regional and Lebanese artists promote and sell their creations online. The website was launched beginning May 2011 with a collection of handmade jewelry, crafts, and paintings.

According to Achtart’s owner, the need for such a portal became apparent when her friend, a jewelry designer, found it hard to sell her hand-made ornaments. This soon sparked the idea of a platform that allows artists to showcase their work and sell it.

The owner co-runs a family business and has decided to give more time to this artistic venture. She described how the initiative will help sustain communities and revive rare arts by allowing craftspeople to market their handiworks internationally. Right now, Achtart is online with a limited choice of artifacts. However, it intends on becoming a broader platform and a hub for online arts and crafts in the Middle East.

You can take a look at Achtart here, follow them on Twitter and like their Facebook Page.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Zakharef by Hoda Hajj

Zakharef is Hoda Hajj's paintbrush tapestry and creative tunnel of sharing her artwork with family, friends and art lovers of all kinds. It is simply an atelier of art. With her humble beginnings as an amateur artist, she has now chosen art as a profession. She draws inspiration from simple design patterns to nature's most complex mosaic of colors, shapes and textures.

Zakharef has one of the greatest and most creative varieties of handmade crafts, furniture and household accessories.

Ms. Hajj is also an interior decorator and consultant on transforming your home into a playful, comfortable and cozy living space. An item from Zakharef is a fantastic way to lively-up a room.

More of Zakhref on!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Free Jewelry Making Videos

By Maire Loughran, Guide April 30, 2011

If you are interested in jewelry making or metal working don't miss subscribing to Rio Grande's free instructional videos. At present there are over 100 videos available online. If you aren't particularly interested in the one currently playing, double click on the All link on the top menu bar to access all the videos.

Happy viewing from!

Nayla Ghazali's Shawls & Scarves

Nayla Moawad Ghazali is a Lebanese fashion designer who started her career by designing clothes and bags. But it has been more than ten years that she designs only shawls and scarves. Nayla participates in exhibitions in and out of Lebanon.

Check out more of Neyla's wonderful shawls and scarves on