An Odd Tale is a curated platform featuring art and design from the Middle East and North Africa. We pride ourselves in identifying and presenting some of the best talents in the region.
Meet our artists, who come from a variety of backgrounds, appreciate local cultures, visuals and stories, and interpret them in creative and attractive ways.
Rapture, is a jewelry brand that tells a story. Every piece is handcrafted to bring out confidence, passion and empowerment when worn. Founded by Lebanese designer Nada Rawas in 2004, Rapture not only embodies her artistic expression but reflects her passion for creating pieces that are not forgotten by incorporating carefully selected gemstones which are used to finish gold plated and silver jewelry. Rapture has been part of numerous local and international exhibitions, and is available at different outlets in the MENA region. Love it. Wear it. Flaunt it..
Maher Attar, an award-winning photographer with his war-time photography and lifestyle portrait of world leaders and celebrities. His clients include magazines, celebrities and non-profit organizations. Maher held a number of positions as a photographer, communications advisor and Director of image bank and organizing programs designed for NGOs to teach children from Asian countries the techniques of photography. Maher has been recognized regionally and internationally for his accomplishments in the world of photography. Lebanon honored him in the exhibition “Born in Lebanon” alongside the world-renowned singer Fayrouz and the internationally acclaimed fashion designer Elie Saab. The United Nations Environment Programme, exhibited his work at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris entitled, “Auprès de mon Arbre”, featuring nine large-format photographs celebrating nature, water and life. In addition, the United Nations Photo Library has archived and used Maher’s moving picture of the French UN Peacekeeper during an exchange of fire in south Lebanon in 1986. Maher was selected by the MEP (European House of Photography) and IMA (the Arab World Institute) to exhibit his latest Lomography work at the First Photography Biennale of the Contemporary Arab World in Paris from November 2015 to January 2016. To Fuel his passion for art, Maher has had the idea of creating a fine art book that toiled in his head for more than ten years. However, it was not until he returned to his homeland, Lebanon, that “Be Creative” came to life. As an artist and a professional, Maher tells true stories of artists, by an artist. Maher has published more than 10 books and currently working on a historical photo project titled ‘BERYTUS ' ' A Glorified City’.
Kinship Stories is a culture and art project featuring a line of precious tribal adornments. Our one-of-a-kind pieces include vintage and antique materials, often of museum quality. We also experiment with fusions of old and new, adding our own handmade work to the mix. Kinship Stories is committed to supporting local artisanship and fostering intercultural understanding of otherness. Certificates detailing these stories are provided with every purchase.
DAMJ is a unique design/build atelier founded by architect Ahmad Khouja. The word DAMJ means merge, or integrate, resonating with the atelier’s inspiration and concept of integrating several trades. The diverse scope of work includes: residential, commercial, interiors, lighting, bespoke items, art-installations, exhibitions, technical consulting, digital consulting/modeling tools, and project management.
Tala Beydoun is a Lebanese artist. Tala Beydoun grew up in a family that valued freedom of expression where painting and drawing came naturally. As Tala Beydoun grew older, she pursued her career for years as a teacher but It wasn’t until late 80’s that Tala Beydoun reconnected with painting and felt the passion again. In her art, Tala Beydoun combines acrylic, collage and lately embroidery to capture the intangible and convey emotions people are losing in a fast automated world. Tala Beydoun’s inspiration comes from human emotions that express compassion, love, and bonding. Tala Beydoun deeply feels that, though we each are a universe on its own, we are tightly woven in the tapestry of life.
The pottery atelier was the founding stone of the Bkerzay project. Led by a young and talented master potter AHMAD DEIF, the atelier welcomes pottery lovers from all levels, to work in a peaceful and natural environment away from the city hustle. The atelier showcases the work of renowned pottery artists along with local ones.
Yasmine Dabbous, PhD, is a visual culture artist and researcher from Beirut, Lebanon. Her work is an exploration and celebration of the socio-cultural and historical traditions of her region. She has to her account a variety of exhibitions in Beirut, NYC and DC.
INAASH the Association for the preservation of Palestinian culture through embroidery. It is a non-profit organization which has been providing grassroots support to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon since 1969.
Nadine Tawil Abou is a passionate Lebanese designer. She grew up in an artistic family that admires and appreciates artwork. Nadine is a graduate of dental medicine with a specialty in dental prosthesis, from Paris; however, she worked for years with her uncle in trading in Lebanon and found herself in love with his business. In 1996, inspired by her newborn, Nadine Abou rediscovered her long-hidden love for art and design and started working on baby favors, which became very popular among her friends. This is when she started getting requests not only for baby giveaways, but also for wedding souvenirs, and corporate gifts. Her work is inspired by everything around her like when she travels and discovers new environments, nature, magazines. She presents her work on all types of supports, using cushions, wooden trays, boxes, fabric and especially pottery and ceramics. Nadine produces unique items with amazing colors, reflecting her vivid personality. Every piece she makes is exceptional in its own way, to show you how special you are.
Alongside her daughter Farah, artist Rajaa Dabbous paints using her expressive brush. Known for her powerful portraits, Dabbous also depicts interesting objects or scenes with a cultural edge.
Farah Dabbous is an art director and co-founder of Ramz Studio, a Beirut-based Graphic Design Studio. She holds a masters in Branding and Identity Design from Nottingham Trent University (NTU, UK) as well as a BS in Graphic Design and an AS in Interior Design from the Lebanese American University (LAU, Beirut). She has a large portfolio of graphics such as branding, layout, packaging, digital work… Dabbous is especially known for her logo designs, customized Arabic calligraphies, artistic photography and varied illustration styles.
A devoted artist, Akil was born in 1988 in Syria. His passion for Arabic calligraphy began at a very young age. He has participated in several exhibitions worldwide and his artworks can be found in private collections in Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, USA, Austria, and Ireland. One of Akil’s famous artworks is based on Arabic musical ‘Maqams’, which means places, and converts them from their audio pattern to an optical shape. Akil Ahmad searches for a visual modern language for the letter.
Barrak Naamani started his artistic path being specialized in bespoke shirts and suits and has become known among his surrounding as an artist. He then started a flourishing side business, where he transforms antique sewing machines into functional art. His work was exhibited in Paris at ‘Maison&Objets’. He has recently been invited to display his pieces in New York at the International Art Fair.
Born in Beirut in a family dedicated to Art and Architecture, Tamara Haddad is heavily influenced by the spirit and lifestyle of her father Georges Haddad, a pioneer of modern architecture in Lebanon. After graduating in 2005 from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA) with a master degree in Advertising Art Direction, she embarked in a unique journey to the other side of the world. Led by her passion for photography, she ventured across the streets and landscapes of Nepal and Tibet capturing the region’s most impressive scenery. Inspired by her series of photos, Tamara Haddad decided to expand her artistic horizon and thus devoted herself to painting. Fascinated by nature and wide open spaces, she gives the landscape a new dimension. Her recent work is focused on physical transformations that earth is enduring nowadays either caused by natural phenomenas or by mankind actions. She uses natural materials such as sand, bark, pebble and branches introducing a new form of painting in Lebanon.
A self-taught artist producing mostly abstract and contemporary artwork. Naturally curious and easily bored, I tend to escape through art, experiment, discover, and lay out on canvas my life’s journey.
Gaël is an Interior Architect with a passion for handmade pieces Her straps are created to embellish your bags at any occasion
Nevine Mattar is a Lebanese artist who enjoys exploring different facets of artistic expression through different media. Having lived both in the Far East and the West, her artistic education included studying art in Japan, in Beirut, London, Los Angeles, and New York, where she studied painting,sum-ie, and illustration. Ever since 1983, she's had yearly exhibits in various capitals-Washington, Paris, London, Rome, Milan Dubai, Amman and Beirut. Exhibiting various paintings in mixed-media and her works in Paper-Mache. She is still involved in various civic activities exposing people to the arts of recycling and founded the first Paper-Mache Association in Lebanon. She was invited to chair many art juries who were responsible to host new talents. Ever since 1983, she's had yearly exhibits in various capitals-Washington, Paris, London, Dubai, Amman, and Beirut. Nevine worked on various murals, book and poster illustrations, set designs, and in fashion. Alongside art, she has been teaching Cultural Studies at various Lebanese Universities including the American University of Beirut, Balamand University, Haigazian, and the Lebanese American University has also majored in Psychology, Education and Art History.