The first female Emirati digital artist Sumayyah Al Suwaidi has been tapped by Italian luxury footwear label Rene Caovilla to create two series of illustrations in celebration of Eid. The shoes Cleo and Galaxia are front and center of the series, previewed here. Al Suwaidi shares that with these images she sought to marry the “two different worlds and of individuals values that tie them together.” The digital art pulses with harmony and balance. Contrasting compositions featuring warm colors exude comfort. The delicate flowers represent femininity while the rose flower of Italy, glittering stars, and shimmering moon are a nod to hope and peace. Meanwhile, the city of Venice pulls it all together as a dreamy backdrop.
“Working with a prestigious brand such as Rene Caovilla is a dream for any artist,” exclaims the award-winning Al Suwaidi. Her own passion for digital art began in 1996; in 2001, she launched her first collection inspired by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Her first exhibition was in 2003 in Abu Dhabi and was swiftly followed by international tours. “My feminine touch with the delicacy of Rene Caovilla shoes is a beautiful marriage and brings out unique pieces of art especially at this time when jobs are being cut during this Covid-19 crisis,” she says. “Rene Caovilla is keen to support artists and keep the cycle running. I truly believe we need more brands to step up like this and hold hands with the creative community.”
Caovilla, explains that the shoes Cleo and Galaxia are the symbols of the house,where artisanal craft and workmanship prevail. Now, more than ever, he is intent to extend the brand’s reach to international artists, specifically those in the Arab world over Eid. “We are delighted to collaborate with Sumayyah during this very special time in the UAE and Middle East and we really want to show our support to the region and give designers the platform to express their artistry especially during these unprecedented times.” Founded in Venice in 1934 by Edoardo Caovilla, the brand is regarded as a benchmark in the luxury footwear industry.
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