THE EDEN OF FAKE ROSES
*First Minute full of laughter*
TorbaStudio: Seriously, now, let’s start. Introduce yourself to the audience who are getting to know you for the first time?
Raghad: Hello, everyone! I am Raghad Al Ahmad and erm… and I am an artist/interior designer. Yeah, that's pretty much it.
TorbaStudio: Okay, you mentioned that you are an artist, and we know that you are great with collage art, so tell us, how did you start with collage art?
Raghad: Growing up, I explored many materials as an artist, like exploring with coloring, and I’ve always thought that I would be a painter more than a “Collage artist” but through high school I was exploring digital collage through an iPad. I started layering images, and I liked it, and learned more about Pop Art.
Also, while studying interior design in college, there were many shapes, forms, and colors. Usually, my artwork tells a story of my roots and background through figures. For example, I might be into Islamic architecture, how it's built, and how it connects us to God. And collage art connects me to my childhood, It’s like a journey back and forth into yourself.
Raghad: Yes, yes, of course! There is an element of surprise because you don’t know what you're dealing with. Sometimes I would write the story of what I will do and then start cutting human figures from different kinds of images, turning them into something else. I still enjoy it because it’s like me talking to the pictures.
Raghad: I always look at the opposite side of what I'm doing, because I know that the subconscious mind will collect those images, and you'll always accidentally copy another artist, and I don’t want to fall into that. So I always read about human nature, documentaries about animals, and serial killers, hahaha. I enjoy this. I always create sketches with whatever ideas that spark in my head.
^ Some of Raghad's sketches
Raghad: We have a traditional dress in Taif that I love which is called “Al Thoub Al badawi”. I took this traditional dress from my grandmother. It’s like a legacy. I was happy that this was the main inspiration for the wedding dress. An Inspiration from my roots. Because I’m originally from a village called “Wadi Mehrim”. I love it there. I love my family, how they dance, and the memories. I appreciate being surrounded by the mountains and the roses.
Raghad: I loved it. Especially the “Fake Roses” part because it’s relatable to me. I’ve been a mountain girl then going to the city. People behave with nature in the city differently from the people in the village. So I feel like it’s the fake roses of the city.
TorbaStudio: And you really wanted to include poetry. So tell us why did you want to include poetry?
^ From The Book "من أديم الوطن"
Raghad: It was surreal. I was very concerned because the audience was looking at every move, but what made me calm was that you designed a tulle blusher veil, so I didn't clearly see everyone.
Raghad: Yeah, I felt it’s a mysterious, elegant piece.
Raghad: I was pleased to have this stressful journey as a bride to work alongside Torba Studio. This is an advice for future brides, go work with your friends. The right people will give their 100%. And you can enjoy the process, trusting they'll make you look your best. I enjoyed all the moments of laughter, fitting sessions. The stressful days and nights, haha. In the end, it all became a really nice memory.
The bridal bouquet was designed and 3D printed. To last as a wedding souvenir in Raghad's house with the poetry line engraved in the bouquet's holding box.
*Special thanks to everyone who worked with us through this project*