We check out the collaborative project from the idiosyncratic boutique
One of Dubai’s most charming and idiosyncratic boutiques, S*uce’s off-beat approach and original, pro-active attitude has seen them become a much-loved hub of activity and support to artists, designers and creatives throughout the city. Their latest project, realised in collaboration with Art Dubai’s Art Week exemplifies this approach perfectly. It’s all about benches. Bear with us...
Feeling that whilst things are generally on an upswing in Dubai, the city is rather lacking when it comes to benches. Park benches, benches on streets – have you ever paused to take heed of what stories can unfold around a public bench? Seeking to rectify this, as well as finding a way to engage with the city’s vibrant underground art, S*uce’s Melina Mitri hit upon the idea of sourcing out a quantity of benches to local artists who would then customise them. Among those who have benched for S*uce this spring are Nadine Kanso, START, Khalid Shafar, Maria Dowlatshahi, Leila Al Marashi, Hind Mezaina, Hadeya Badri, Zayan Ghandour and Michelle Roberts. The results of their handiwork can be seen on benches located about Dubai, as well as at the main Art Dubai site.
And it doesn’t end there! A website has been set up for those who use the benches to send in their thoughts and responses. You can share your thoughts with the world by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and then reading what other well-rested individuals made of their experiences at www.sauceloves.com/benches.
Emirati fashion designer Leila Al Marashi’s pop-up art exhibition will feature a series of canvases derived from her ever popular cult fashion label, SugarVintage. Inspired by everything steeped in Emirati heritage and with a passion for 1940s vintage fashion icons, SugarVintage was founded in April 2008 to resounding success. The exhibition, curated by Alia Al Shamsi, opens on March 10 at S*uce’s Dubai Mall boutique and will feature iconic images from the ‘Turathi’ collection, which mixes elements of authentic UAE cultural heritage such as the Burqa masks, with film stars and pop culture references – all fully embroidered with pearls, sequins and stones. Kitsch, kooky, gorgeous and wild – this is part of the new wave of young Emirati creatives at their innovative, adventurous best! March 13–20. S*uceDubai Mall, first floor, Fashion section. (04 339 9696).