Saturday, 28 August 2010

Magic Middle East

Dubai.  My Favourite Things.

Every time I visit Dubai I return home feeling so inspired.  There's something about the atmosphere/archetecture/heat/hyperreality of everything there that makes me want to create stuff.  I just love all the colours and patterns that you find all over the place in the Middle East.  Everything is so intricate and glamourous.  The villas look like they are made from ice cream, the air smells of incense, the shops are full of gold and glitter.
I think this may turn out to be a long post...

1- I love the perfume shops in Dubai.  I like that you can choose a fancy little bottle and then pick a perfume to go inside it.  The perfume I chose smells of marzipan.
2- This is my current favourite villa in Dubai.   I would love to live in a house like this!  It looks like it has been carved out of pink cake.
3- This is my favourite-looking mall in Dubai.  It is called Mercato Mall.  It's a pastel rainbow.
 4- My favourite patterned lamps, clusters of shining rainbow balls. I want some in my own house!
(I drew these^ ones using black line...)
(and these^ ones without black line.  Can't decide which ones I prefer.  Opinions?)
5- On one of the nights we went to Abu Dhabi to look at the Palace Hotel which was amazing. Everything was gold and cream and expensive.
(Palace Hotel ceiling^)

We actually ended up eating there in the end.  I have never seen so many tiny little puddings all together in one place before!  I loved being able to just pick as many as I wanted (as it was an all you can eat kind of restaurant) and then eat them all!
This^ is only a tiny portion of what was available.  All the puddings had gold leaf sprinkled on them and there were green chocolate shards sticking out of some of the cakes and mousses. It makes my mouth water to look at them again.  Victoria Stitch would have loved the Palace Hotel.

6-  Along with these puddings there were also arabic sweets.  I love trying different types of foods so I tried them all! 
 I found them sweeter and stickier than English puddings.  But in a good way. (click to enlarge)
7-  There are so many shops selling jewellery.  Big sparkly interesting kind of jewellery.  My favourite piece I saw was a necklace with diamante stars on it, big stars, lots of crystals, very glittery.
8- The rugs.  I love the patterned rugs.  I bought two very tiny miniature ones. They sit on my bed side table now. 

And this concludes my Dubai favourite things list!  You may have to click on some of the images to make them bigger.  I find I can't seem to enlarge pictures on blogger anymore without them going blurry.  Does anyone else have this problem by the way?

Which places inspire you most?


Stephanie said...

I enjoyed your visit to the Middle East. Love your cute drawings, so colorful. The food looks delish! I don't have a problem with enlarging the photos. They look fine to me.

Indie.Tea said...

What magical things you saw in Dubai. The sweets look wonderful, that lamp is too gorgeous for words...thank you for capturing it in such an exquisite way...

Jessie said...

I LOVE your drawings of your Dubai trip! It looks so inspiring there, I had no idea! I can see these lovely things coming into your illustration work too. You have such a lovely style :) x