Highly skilled and experienced textile artist. Accomplished Arts and Crafts educator and a keenly motivated self-starter. Independent, strong, practical and an excellent communicator.
Faiqah been a practising textile artist and educator for twenty-five years.
She comes from a strong artistic family; her late father was a master craftsman while all his four sisters were skilled textile artisans.
"I was privileged to study the Art and Craft of Batik, Surface textile art/design as well as Dye Technology in Malaysia and Indonesia."
Faiqah subsequently initiated capacity building art projects in various South African provinces, developed an excellent track record with the National Arts Council of South Africa grant beneficiary department, and completed many challenging projects, held solo exhibitions and attended an overseas residency.
Presently she is a part time visual art facilitator at a Psychiatric Health Institute in Cape Town,
Whereby she shares her visual art skills through social engagement towards helping the healing process among mentally disable individuals.
During the facilitation process she engages them in the skills of general drawing, collage embroidery, knitting, patching and applique.
Salt River High School, Cape Town.
1983 - 1987
Ruth Prowse School of Art, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Malaysia, studying dye technology and Batik Textile Art.
Community Arts Project, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Damelin College, Cape Town - Public Relations.
Yakarta, Indonesia, - advanced Batik Resist Art & Dye Technology.
1982 - 1991
Senior Administration Clerk, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.
1992 - 1996
Gallery Shop Manager, Iziko SA National Gallery, Cape Town.
2000 - 2006
Sales Manager, part time-Museum Connection, V&A Waterfront.
2018 - to date
Visual Art facilitator, part time-Valkenburg Psychiatric Health Institute, Cape Town.
“ Batik on Silk”, Bo-Kaap Museum, Iziko Museums, Cape Town.
“Bersama -Sama”, Alliance Du France’, Cape Town.
“Healing Memories”, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Annual group exhibition, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town.
Muslim Art in the Western Cape, S.A National Gallery, Cape Town.
Islamic Art Exhibition, Cape Town.
Group exhibition in association with the National Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan, Malaysia.
Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town.
International Batik art exhibition – Galeria Swend, Colgne, Germany.
Cape Town Arts and Culture Festival.
Joint exhibition -ACP European Union, Cape Town.
Truworths Social Development Department.
Exhibition, F.N.B Vita Awards, National Crafts awards, Johannesburg.
International Print exhibition, Printmaking conference, Ohio University, U.S.A.
Exhibition, Clotex, apparel market exhibition, Las Vegas, U.S.A.
Participation in exhibition of Visual arts and Auction, 10th Anniversary of Greatmore Studio, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Group exhibition, Woman in development International conference, Cape Town Convention centre.
Fibre Arts national exhibition, Durban Artspace, Durban.
Association of Visual arts, Cape Town.
Fibreworks art organisation- “micro Makro”Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzberg, Durban.
Fibreworks art organisation , G.T I Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
South newspaper article- “Artist with the silky touch”, Cape Town.
Cape Times art review-“Muslim art in the Western Cape”- S.A National Gallery.
Boorhanol Islamic newspaper article, Cape Town.
Fair Lady magazine- Textile artist of South Africa, Cape Town.
Fair Lady magazine -article on exclusive hand painted scarves.
Commuity newspaper article -Plainsman, Cape Town.
Cape Times newspaper -article, Sutera Developing project.
Liberty newspaper -article, Bethlehem, Eastern Free State, South Africa.
Pella Heritage calender, City of Cape Town.
Sarawak Tribune newspaper article -2nd Delphic Arts Games, Kuching, Malaysia.
Radio interview with SA Fine Music journalist Nancy Richards, Cape Town.
Cape Times newspaper article-“Occidental motifs enrich textile art”.
ACHIEVEMENTS & COMMISSIONS
Bursary Award from the Creative Arts Foundation, Johannesburg to study batik Resist art and Dye Technology in Kelantan, Malaysia.
Presentation and demonstration on Batik resist art, Indonesian Consul, Cape Town.
1998 - 1999
Grant-in-aid Award -Visual Arts Project, Cape Town City Council, Cape Town.
Commissioned to personally design and hand-paint an exclusive symbolic tie for Mr. Trevor Manual, the former Minister of Finance, which he wore during the 1999 Budget speech in the S.A Provincial Parliament, Cape Town.
Invitation by the National Arts Council of South Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture to participate in the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington D.C, U.S.A.
Bursary award from the National Arts Council of South Africa to study Advance Dye Technology and Batik resist art in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Invitation by the National Arts Council of South Africa and Dept. of Arts and Culture to participate in the 2nd Delphic Games, Kuching, Malaysia.
Commission of a Silk Painting “-Ancestral Route”, National Parliament of South Africa. Funded by the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.
Commissioned by the Western Cape Provincial Parliament to personally design and produce twenty exclusive hand painted silk scarves.
Commissioned by The British Council ‘Five River in Five International Cities‘ Project to produce an artwork as well as facilitate a series of school based workshops.
The exhibition of digital printed textile artwork – “ Washer Woman” was showcased at the Thames River Festival, London, England, Egypt, China, India, Mexico and Brazil.
Western Cape Government Arts and Culture Annual Award– Visual arts Award-Contribution towards promotion of Visual Arts.
Visiting artist Residency -Australian National University, Canberra, Australia Funded by The National Arts Council of South Africa.
Presentation on South African ethnic textiles and beadwork, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Commissioned by the Bertha Foundation, Cape Town to produce two artworks- ‘Rebellious flowers” and “Refugees: Let me in”.
ART PROJECTS, WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS
Facilitate textile surface design art workshops in Upington, Northern Cape and Qwa-Qwa, Eastern Free State, South Africa. Funded by the National Arts Council of South Africa, Johannesburg.
Textile skills training in Pella-organised by the Pella Heritage Organisation and sponsored by Cape Town City Council.
Visual art skills training, St Anne’s Home, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Skills transfer of textile art and craft, School holiday programme for learners, Sponsored by Truworths Social Involvement department.
Inset Educator workshops-invited by Iziko Museums of Cape Town to facilitate Textile surface design, dyeing and printing workshops.
2006 - 2007
Invitation by Local Dept.of Arts and Culture, Vredendal, to facilitate textile art workshops on textile dyeing, printing, embroidery, and surface design art - Nuwerus Textile Group-Hardeveld Region, Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Safe School Project – Western Cape Education Dept. - skills training in visual arts and textile crafts - Groenvlei High and Manenberg High School, Cape Town.
Implement and facilitate a textile resist workshop, Surface Design Department, Cape Peninsula Technikon University, Cape Town.
Facilitate an Indigo dye workshop- re: “The isishweshwe story”: material woman exhibition, Iziko Museums of Cape Town.
Invitation by Cape Provincial Department of Arts and Culture to facilitate a textile a Textile art and design workshop in Ashton, Breedevalley, Western Cape.
Facilitate and implement a visual art workshop organised by local Dept. of Arts and Culture and Wesland art society, Vredendal, Western Cape.
Batik resist workshop, School of Textile, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Substitute Art Educator, Zonnebloem Art Centre, District Six, Cape Town.
Textile art resist workshop, Casa Labia cultural centre, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
Textile skills training workshop, Mogalakwena craft art village, Alldays North Limpopo. Funded by The National Ars Council of South Africa.
Surface design art and textile dye workshop, Cape Town Fashion Council, Cape Town.
Substitute Art Educator, Zonnebloem Art Centre, District Six, Cape Town.
Facilitate visual art workshop, Montessori teacher training program, Zonnebloem Art centre, Cape Town.
Facilitate a textile surface design workshop, Huiskombuis Project, District Six museum, Cape Town.
Natural dye workshop, Casa Labia cultural centre, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
Implement and Facilitate a natural dye workshop, Surface Design Department Cape Peninsula Technikon University, Cape Town.
Facilitate a natural/organic dye workshop program on Indigenous and medicinal herbs, District Six Museum, Cape Town.
Artist: FAIQAH ABRAHAMS
Title: Beauty & Fragility I
Size: 16 x 15.5 cm
Media: Mixed media
Price: R 2 500