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Salman Afzal
Sydney / Australia / Lahore / Pakistan
Interests: Integrated & Multi Disciplinary Design
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It is very important for a designer to be empathetic towards problems that needs a solution.During my master's degree coursework, I was involved in a number a projects that required me to design a solution through an empathetic intervention. The best example in this case could be 'myPen' - an insulin pen injection, designed for the teenagers suffering from diabetes. Through the exercise, I was made aware of some facts and figures surrounding this disease and the methods that have been invented as a cure. The process involved looking at the problem and devising a solution by getting in touch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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The design and construction of the rugs is inspired by the notion of ‘saudade’ and takes its visual information in form of popular visual pattern from Angola and Portugal. Incorporating the traditional and contemporary methods of construction, these rugs employ various layers of deconstruction and association with nostalgia. Wool being the primary material (from Portugal and Angola) is coupled with stem fibre weaving technique (Western Africa).The three generations of the occupants (client) is represented by the three methods of rug construction i.e., Weaving , felted wool coiling and popular pile knotting. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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Along with three other designers, I was assigned on a task to create an environment for a mixed cultural living space. 'Republika Saudade' is derived from Portuguese meaning a place to live (republika) and a feeling of nostalgia (saudade). Saudade - the mood was created through placing four signature objects designed in collaboration to sustain the unified appeal. It was exciting to employ architectural and interior design skills learnt at my previous work experiences. The inspiration for designs was constructed around the profile of the client, in our case an Afro- Portuguese family with cultural and hereditary links from Angola... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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It s always challenging to teach students how to create mood boards. And the most difficult part is when want your nod on their selected imagery for a particular mood. Some time back I came across a newspaper supplement that had previews for upcoming seasonal hues and moods. I thought it was very relevant in teaching people how to coordinate pattern and prints with colors and decor items. Following is a selection of a few moods included in the edition.I hope you can find it relevant to your understanding. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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Rabiya Mumtaz is a good friend and a former colleague when I was teaching at NCA lahore. A graphic designer by qualification, I have witnessed Rabiya in applying her reformed sense of aesthetics to wearable collections. She carved her niche by designing winter wear - a highly ignored space by most Pakistani fashion designers. Her portfolio includes numerous exhibitions at her studio and shared spaces throughout the country. One thing noticeable in her collections is a silent domination of western inspired minimalism coupled with regional and traditional design application, and this perhaps accounts for the niche client for the brand.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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While surfing the women's wear at David Jones CBD, I came across a few dresses having hand emboridery ('adda' - frame embroidery). I was really surprised and suspected they were probably produced in India or Bangladesh. After looking at the price tags ($ 50- 90) I wondered how much the manufacturers were actually paying the craft precincts (factories) ? My guess - probably not close enough to guarantee social welfare and security. Sad :( Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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Project Run(a)way was part of my latest activity in the design research. Initially a product of a research assignment done with acclaimed Dr. Katherine Moline, project Run(a)way transformed into a full scale research analysis providing a basic structure to my proposed research question. The assignment was a creative way to reflect on the irritant i.e., ethical issues witht in the design process (from production to marketing and retail). The two weeks activity witnessed documentation of the irritant through photography, collage, sketching and reflective practices. Taking design projects (done in Pakistan) in account, I was able to connect the documentation of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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As part of the Integrated studio course, I designed a pattern depicting the hybridization of the Australian and Pakistani culture. Among various case studies I was also able to interview an Australian Pakistani family, which provided me an insight in the expectations with reference to cultural representation and indigenous aesthitics driven projects. Taking inspiration from the historical references (e.g., Mohenjo Daro, architectural patterns etc from Pakistan and geographic & cultural textures from Australia) I was able to derive a formula that formed the foundation for a repetitive pattern. This pattern incorporated the vibrancy of the multi cultural Australian society and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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A collection of designs inspired by the amalgamation of African immigrant population in New South Wales. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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Displays at Westfield Bondi junction always attracts my attention. This one is so beautiful Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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The choice of colour palette for the project was an extremely fun thing to do. All the colours came from inspirational sources ( including but not restricted to history, cultue, craft , geography etc). Related articles Colour palette's. Paul Smith Women's Autumn/Winter 13 Show Choosing modern colour schemes Chocolate Bar Palette; Good Enough to Eat! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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I captured this moment on my way back to central station from COFA . It was right infront of Museum station and Hyde Park. Such a beautiful afternoon sun . I will always love Sydney Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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Designs drawing inspiration from motifs and patterns from middle eastern countries (Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt) Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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Collection inspired by the design and patterns from Indonesia, China and Fiji Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
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A collection of designs inspired by the cultural heritage of Pakistan, India and Iran. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Salman Afzal's blog
I had been working on a project with my mate Jonathan Nathasia for almost four months. As part of my coursework, I was required to deliver a design outcome that integrated various disciplines within the domain of design. Having a background in Textiles and design, I thought it was best to combine my interest with an Interior Designer (Jon). The result was absolutely fabulous. The first post in the series 'ISP' ( Integrated Studio Project) shows what exactly inspired and drove through out the project. Following are our mood boards that spoke of the chosen global dilemmas i.e., globalization and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Salman Afzal's blog
Hey everyone, Sorry for being so lazy and out of the picture for so long. The truth is I was so busy with my routine here - studies, job, home etc etc. But I have great content to share with all of you. Hope you will like the posts in coming days . Have a wonderful day ! Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Salman Afzal's blog
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The Faculty of Built Environments at University of New South Wales (UNSW) showcased their graduation show at Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Sydney.The Show featured selected works and portfolios of all students from the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs (Industrial Design, Architectural Computing, Architectural Design, Interior Architecture and MUDD Urban Design. The display and work was of high quality. I found a lot of laser cut pieces (models).It was good to know that the university and the faculty took interest in the display aesthetics and was also successful to get some sponsors as well. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2012 at Salman Afzal's blog
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So, I took guidance from the the sothern cross and found myself in the land of red earth, white sand beaches and kangaroos ...yep its the Commonwealth of Australia. Its great to be in Australia and this is the reason I have not been active on my blog. From now on I 'll be updating you with all the experiences and topics from sydney and around the aussie land ! Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at Salman Afzal's blog
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Reconstruction is the most important exhibition of contemporary fashion that the British Council has presented in recent years. The exhibition will travel to five countries between 2011 and 2012. It started in October last year from Kazakhstan and is coming to Pakistan on 10 March 2012 after travelling to Uzbekistan and Bangladesh. The exhibition will be showcased in Karachi from 11 to 16 March 2012 at Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture and in Lahore from 27 to 31 March 2012 at the Lahore Museum. From Lahore, the exhibition will travel to Russia. Reconstruction shows that fashion is not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Salman Afzal's blog
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A postal stamp issued by the Pakistan Postage in honor of formor His Imperial Highness Raza Pehlvi , Emperor and Shah of Iran. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Salman Afzal's blog
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For all 'jag mag-jag mag' embellishment fans out there, here's one of my desigs for an embellished Lehnga (long skirt) for my bride Isbah - who carried it with absolute elegance :) It took two months to finsish.Main aid was my mother who helped me in selecting the materials and stones and finalizing the color palette.As opposed to the conventional-traditional -regional palette (Blues & Greens) for the Valima Reception (Reception from the Groom), I decided to go for a more monochromatic earthern palette with the accents of turquoise and rust . Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Salman Afzal's blog
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Bahadur Shah Zafar -The last Mughal emperor of the Subcontinent . After the failed rebellion of 1857 , the empreor was exiled to Rangoon (Burma) by the British Administation .This prensentation of Mughal glamor is truely reflected in the miniature painting (above) Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Salman Afzal's blog
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The National College of Arts (Lahore, Pak) hosted the annual undergraduate and postraduate degree shows. Some of the most beautiful workd were presented by the graduating batch of Textile design. Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Salman Afzal's blog