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18 Friday, Dec 20 - Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Fatema: I use paper to speak to the world Go-getter: Artist uses coiled paper to make beautiful three dimensional designs MWIKALI LATI, NairobiNews @mwikalilati firstname.lastname@example.org which involves rolling strips of paper, shaping and gluing them together on paper or into 3-D sculptures. “It is a phenomenal mode to convey one’s thoughts and perceptions.” Though elements and mediums F vary, the common factor in art is the reflection of the artist’s inner self,” she says. Her work demands a lot of passion, patience and discipline. Fatema has always been into crafts, a talent she discovered while in high school. “I’m an all-round artist. I can paint and draw, but paper quilling is my favourite,” says the artist who works four hours a day. “Paper has fascinating textures, flexibility and is readily available,” she says. Fatema fell in love with quilling seven years ago during a visit to a gift shop in Dubai. She later joined an art school in Mumbai, India to learn paper quilling, origami — the art of paper folding — and surface painting on wood, glass and fabric. Her first art piece was the paper quill of a Kenyan flag, which she atema Qureish is an artist who uses paper to express herself. Her art form is paper quilling, presented to her Bohra spiritual leader His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin when he visited Kenya in 2009. “Since that day when His Holi- ness blessed and encouraged me, my articles are highly appreciated whenever they are exhibited.” She set up Amathus Arts, which makes and sells paper artwork and also offers classes in the skill. Her clients include friends, relatives and companies. The technique • Fatema uses chart paper and sometimes manila sheets. • She then cuts them into quarter inch wide strips of paper that will be rolled using paper quill needles. • The process involves rolling strips of paper, shaping and gluing them together on paper or into 3D sculptures. • To ensure that the paper quill does not come out, Fatema uses fabric or wood glue which does not show when it dries. Top: Christmas cards decorated with quilled paper. Above:An apple formed from paper. Right: Fatema shows how paper quilling is done. Mwikali Lati, NairobiNews chillax The Hobbit FLICKS & FLIPS:With Abigail Arunga MOVIE REVIEW The Desolation of Smaug Starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman Peter Jackson can do no wrong. Yes, he has taken a 300-page novel and turned it into three movies – but each and every one of the movies so far has been fantastic. This movie picks up where The Hobbit: An Unex- pected Journey left off. The dwarves and Bilbo have found the mountain – after trials and tribulations involving goblins, orcs, and a beast man with an Italian accent – and Bilbo is going in to steal the Arkenstone. This stone is somewhere deep in the heart of all the dwarfish treasure, guarded by the fearsome dragon Smaug (voiced by the deliciously devilish Benedict Cumberbatch). Will he get the stone? Will glory be restored to Thorin, King under the Mountain? This movie has a sound plot, glorious scenes and great acting. You’ll be yelling at the screen at the end, I guarantee you. vanitybin.wordpress.com⁄ BLOG REVIEW I stumbled upon this hilarious blog the other day and I feel it is worth mentioning. The writer sounds young but well-spoken, and has a talent of expressing the most simple things in an amusing way. The first post I read was called Lies about sex and it made me burst out laughing in the office. 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The place was fully packed, and we got the only remaining free table. Within seconds, a waitress came to us, shoving specials that had been printed on A4 paper — and an already battered-looking menu — at us. She asked if we were ready to order. Needless to say, we were not, because, aside from not having photographic memories, the table surface was wet. She wiped it, but made it even wetter. The table itself was teetering and she she helpfully bent over and tried to fix it with little result. On top of that, the chairs were uncomfortable and cramped — we bumped into the occupants of the table next to us with every turn. the usual range of breakfast, soups, lunch and hot drinks, we ordered the lasagna, the penne alfredo and the chicken with potato mash. The food came promptly in large portions, and in parts, like a trilogy. The food was extremely underwhelm- ing. My penne was warmish, the chicken was bland, the soup was thin and the mushrooms were countable. There was not much effort put into spicing it. The lasagna was passable. My colleague’s potato mash was made BOOK REVIEW Small Town Girl LaVyrle Spencer S with what we thought was sour milk but which turned out to be spoilt milk. After she complained, the waitress said that she would check what the kitchen had used to make the mash. The next time we saw her was when we were asking for the bill. She had the audacity to say that she would replace the bad mash with French fries. I wonder when this was supposed to happen, since we were walking out as she said it. On a future promise, perhaps? Not likely, seeing as I am never going back to Kapital Coffee Lounge. If you feel the need to be ripped off, carry between 200 to 650 for a meal that you will quickly try to forget and never recommend. A tepid, uninspiring meal, in a tepid, uninspiring place, with sloppy, sluggish service, on the whole. Enter at your own peril – and if your taste buds are on a permanent sabbatical. Oh, and the bathroom, though clean also had a wet floor. Maybe to match the tables? FoodPhile, NN ml o n Gr al Tw il is a typical romance novel about a girl who is a bigtime country star going back to her hometown. Tess McPhail has made it for herself, clearing out of her small town of Wintergreen right after high school, and high-tailing it to Nashville, the country’s music capital. Through sheer determination, drive and oodles o talent, her career is skyrocketing and she is the biggest female belter around. Then her mother has to undergo surgery, and she has to take care of her. Having completely lost touch with the world she fled from, coming back proves to be a difficult adjustment. But slowly, as she eases into nostalgia, she remembers what matters most in life, and her successes begin to pale in comparison. The plot is predictable, but there is something about good old-fashioned predictable that gets me every time. Not to mention a healthy dose of country music and heartwarming scenes of love. It’ll make you smile, at the very least.
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