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Free monthly Zoom hour generated by the Miniature Painting Forum at - The Conference of the Birds

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Free Monthly Miniature Meetings by The Conference of the Birds Forum

Come and chat about anything and everything miniature painting and book arts related! This is an informal social hour, a friendly gathering book club-style where we can share info and ideas, latest works, exhibitions seen, books read... including My Name is Red, questions asked and answered, friendships forged and connections made. In future sessions perhaps we could also invite special guests to talk a little about their work too. I'd like to organise real life miniature painting conferences in London after the pandemic but for now, this Artist Salon in your own home is my offering!

I look forward to seeing you all online!


Free information, resources and discussion hub for all things miniature painting-related

Like Farid ud-Din Attar’s eponymous poem, this forum is a flocking place for seekers of knowledge. Here is a site for resources and conversation, questions and answers, illumination and communication all done in the spirit of camaraderie and fellow-feeling. Like the birds, we are all on this journey together and this gathering of like-minded souls serves to strengthen existing connections and forge new ones. Beginners and seasoned travellers are equally welcome. There is no question too small or silly - all have a home here. The information and inspiration on this platform is free and open to all wanderers who are in love with the world of Islamic, Indian, Mughal and Persian miniature painting and find themselves on a similar path.

It is also a marketplace of ideas; a social seat of learning; a city centre of exchange where surprises and spontaneous thoughts arise and create their own opportunities. I’ve always wanted to host miniature painting art salons in real life. A wide open space and an intimate parlour room all in one, this forum is my online - and global - version of the same. The structured forum format lends itself to meaningful conversations online. These can initiate spontaneous interaction across the globe which can in turn take flight to continue the conversation offline. Depending on interest, there will be follow-up monthly Zoom meets online, seminar-style, to discuss 1-2 topics or ideas generated from the forum. These may be practical (materials, tools, techniques), contextual (historic tradition, contemporary art, content and style) spiritual or anything else, inflected through the sovereign focus lens of the miniature painting we all love. And, when it's safe to do so, a real-life conference on miniature painting in London, UK.

In Attar’s 12th century Sufi wisdom poem منطق الطیر Mantiq al-Tayr, 30 birds go on a spiritual quest in order to find their leader and king, only to realise at heart - through consensus with each other, akin to a forum - that they indeed have their answer embedded within themselves. Through dialogue and synergy, we find the answers we seek.


Seek knowledge, even unto China - Hadith

A person’s a person, no matter how small - Horton the kind elephant, Dr Seuss

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Organiser Vaishali Prazmari

Organiser of Free Monthly Miniature Meetings by The Conference of the Birds Forum

Carpet Pages

The Carpet Pages cycle is a series of shows presented by artist and curator Vaishali Prazmari. The dazzling title pages of both Islamic and Medieval European manuscript books were called Carpet Pages in reference to their intricate rug-like patterns. These exquisitely detailed and highly ornamented and illuminated surfaces were covered in arabesques and geometric patterns and often included the use of gold and jewel-like, precious pigments. As book pages are sequential, so future shows will build on this third chapter. The curator's love of carpets also reflects the wider goal of this show sequence which is to bring together diverse artists with similar interests into a whole; to unite disparate elements into a unified pattern, which is one of the goals of rug-making itself. Carpets are visual feasts for the eye and this third iteration in the Carpet Pages cycle promises the same:

Vaishali Prazmari

Vaishali is captivated by any material or process that is connected to her research on memory and the Arabian Nights. Vaishali is working towards a PhD at the Slade, making 1001 artworks generated by the frame story and motifs of the 1001 Nights. Born in London, she has lived on an island in Hong Kong, Paris, and she currently lives and works in London. She integrates both the ancient and the modern in her artworks and brings painting to life for a wider audience through her various roles as as artist, educator, brush creator, curator and researcher:

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