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The Boteh, Celebrating the art of Afghanistan

ONLINE Two part presentation taught by Adam Williamson and Stephanie June Ellis


30% of the registrations will be donated to the supporting crafts in Afghanistan via the wonderful charity


To celebrate the arts and crafts and rich decorative history of Afghanistan we will study the famous Boteh symbol  (also know as the paisley) over two sessions. This sacred symbol representing the (cypress) tree of life and originally the Zoroaster sacred flame proliferates the sublime

Great Mosque of Herat in Afghanistan.

Herat was an important link on the Silk road evident in a proliferation of influences and styles prevalent in the abundant ornamentation through the 11th century Mosque.

The Boteh teardrop motif is found throughout the Mosque, represents the ideas of eternal spirit and the season of autumn. The classes will focus on the arts and crafts of Afghanistan and the development of this mysterious motif and its application from Persia to India.

REQUIRED equipment & materials

A compass (recommended compass is the Rotring Master Bow)

A ruler

Paper size A2

Range of Pencils (6B-4H)

Tracing paper

Zero Eraser or equivalent

Optional – Coloured pencils.

Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)


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~ In collaboration with Adam Williamson ~

Adam Williamson is an award-winning calligrapher and sculptor who has undertaken a long list of prestigious commissions and exhibited internationally.

A skilled calligrapher, geometer and stone/wood carver, Adam is drawn to particular shapes and patterns that can tessellate into perfectly balanced structures. His work embodies universal principals found in nature through hands-on craftsmanship. Having grown up in a family of artisans, Adam has travelled the globe to work with artists from diverse backgrounds in places such as 

Mount Athos in Greece, Granada in Spain,Fez in Morocco and Istanbul in Turkey.

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