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Ribbon Portraits of Artists

Ribbon Portraits of ArtistsRibbon Portraits of Artists

A 100-member team is planning a huge project to create textile art portraits of 100 Iranian cineastes and theater artists.

Hiva Pashaei, man behind the unique art style, said textile portraits would be created via color ribbons tied on metal grids, Mehr News Agency reported.

Earlier, at the 3rd Tehran Experimental Art Week, (May 12-18) at Niavaran Cultural Center (NCC), 15 portraits of celebrated musicians, including Shahram Nazeri, Loris Tjeknavorian, late Jalal Zolfonoun (1937-2012), late Mohammadreza Lotfi (1947-2014), Hossein Alizadeh and Keyhan Kalhor were put on show.

Furthermore, portraits of cinema and theater actor Mohammad Ali Keshavarz and well-known calligrapher Gholam-Hossein Amirkhani were recently created and unveiled by the artist at the Niavaran center.

He is now working on the new project that includes portraits of Ali Nasirian, Davoud Rashidi, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidousti, Hamid Samandarian, Asghar Hemmat, and Golab Adineh.

“The main idea behind the project is to create portraits of art figures who have given love and warmth from their hearts to the people, as a tribute. However, I thought it would be wonderful if I can create a unique and modern style to realize my idea,” said Pashaei.

He said he wanted the technique “to be both modern and Iranian at the same time” and so, inspired from rug weaving looms, he made the metal-wired frames for his work.

“As I like to experiment with new materials, I decided to use color beads instead of ribbons,” Pashaei said, adding that a training workshop will also be held in mid-August to teach the technique to enthusiasts.”

The works will be displayed at an exhibition in the near future.