Rory Hutton X The Hands Up Foundation
The area known as modern day Syria has a long history of producing exceptional art. The art and design that has emerged from these ancient lands has provided a rich source of inspiration for my work. My Ashurbanipal Scarf, which I designed for the British Museum’s exhibition ‘I am Ashurbanipal, I am King of the World’, came from studying artefacts from ancient Assyria.
Damascus tiles are my latest preoccupation and the inspiration behind my new linocut designs. Damascus tiles of deepest blue and verdant green are one of the most celebrated forms of Islamic art. They are identifiable by their geometrically rendered vines and floral motifs. Their production flourished under the Mamluks (1260-1516) and the Ottomans (1517-1918) in Syria, and showcased the skill and imagination of generations of Syrian craftsmen.
Needless to say the tranquillity invoked by the Damascus tile designs is far from the daily reality of millions of Syrians today. After years of war and conflict in the region, millions are displaced and without access to basic necessities and services.
The Hands Up Foundation is a UK based charity working with local Syrian communities to provide medical care and education to those most affected. I am delighted to partner with them on an exciting fundraising project for which I have created a new scarf and pocket square inspired by the rich heritage of Syrian art and design.
Each scarf and pocket square sold will have 20% of the profits donated to the Hands Up Foundation. They are currently supporting two key projects: a school in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, providing an education for 280 Syrian children from surrounding camps and a Primary Health Clinic in North East, Syria which provides on average 8000 consultations a month free of charge, for communities in poor and remote areas.
To purchase a scarf or pocket square that supports this wonderful cause, please click here
You can find out more about the Hands Up Foundation and their current projects by going to www.handsupfoundation.org
If you would like to see some magnificent examples of Damascus tiles, do visit Leighton House in London, which is also a charity partner of the Hands Up Foundation.