Idrees Al-Sweis' Profile
I want to start by telling you all the meaning of HayatCo. Hayat means life in arabic and the name of my wife. I wanted something of value for my work, I work a lot with my hands and the majority of my work is using wood with inspiration from Islam and life itself.
I have been working with my hands creatively ever since I could remember. Born in 1958, I grew to find myself fascinated by limitless varieties of art and forms of self-expression. I started crafting these handmade wood carvings in 1993 in Brooklyn, New York and with every wood carving came a lesson learned and a skill enhanced.
I carved shapes, and hand-painted many of them, and is especially known for my carvings of words and statements in Arabic calligraphy. Eventually, I moved with my family to Chicago in 1999 and my wood carvings grew in popularity as I began…
- Born on November 3
- Joined October 6, 2011