Sala Faruq's Profile

About

Over the years, I have tried drawing, painting, screen printing and etching, but nothing excites me as much as creating art with gourds. I affirmed my love of gourd crafting in 2003 and have been producing gourd creations ever since.

My primary goal in creating gourd art is to capture the essence of the medium and transform it into elegant works of art. Additionally, I am challenged to create works that go beyond the traditional confines of what gourd art is.

I designed figurative pieces and vessels initially. In 2006, I started working on a line of distinctive gourd jewelry after being captivated by the book, “1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand.” I added fashion accessories and home decor items to my creative repertoire in 2012.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 North Carolina…

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  • Born on June 18
  • Joined September 3, 2009

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Gourds

About

Over the years, I have tried drawing, painting, screen printing and etching, but nothing excites me as much as creating art with gourds. I affirmed my love of gourd crafting in 2003 and have been producing gourd creations ever since.

My primary goal in creating gourd art is to capture the essence of the medium and transform it into elegant works of art. Additionally, I am challenged to create works that go beyond the traditional confines of what gourd art is.

I designed figurative pieces and vessels initially. In 2006, I started working on a line of distinctive gourd jewelry after being captivated by the book, “1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand.” I added fashion accessories and home decor items to my creative repertoire in 2012.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh, NC
2010 California Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Fallbrook, CA
2007 California Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Fallbrook, CA
2007 Oceanside Public Library, Oceanside, CA
2006 Vine to Glass, Oceanside, CA
2005 “Roxbury Open Studios,” Roxbury Center for the Arts, Roxbury, MA
2005 “Women on Top,” juried exhibition, San Diego Women’s History Museum, San Diego, CA
2004 “Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance Bank of America,” Oceanside, CA
2004 “Gourd Pizzazz 2004,” Artists Gallery, Escondido, CA
2004 “Figure That,” juried exhibition, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido, CA

Auctions
2012 Live & Give 2012 Community Support Campaign Online Auction, Wells Fargo, Charlotte, NC
2004 “Panache,” Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido, CA
2004 Vista Village Business Association Art Auction, Vista, CA

Awards
2012 First Place (Wearables: Hat), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh, NC
2012 First Place (Wearables: Purse), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh, NC
2012 First Place (Wearables: Jewelry), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh, NC
2012 First Place (Wearables: Other), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh, NC
2012 First Place (Toys: Dolls), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh, NC
2012 First Place (Display: Fine Art Display), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh,
NC
2012 First Place (Special Talents: Mask), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh, NC
2012 Second Place (Toys: Toy), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh, NC
2012 Second Place (Miscellaneous: Ethnic), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh,
NC
2012 Honorable Mention (Holiday: Other), North Carolina Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Raleigh,
NC
2010 First Place (Wearable Gourd Accessory), California Gourd Society Gourd Art Competition, Fallbrook, CA
2010 Judge’s Choice (Wearable Gourd Accessory), California Gourd Society Art Competition, Fallbrook, CA
2010 First Place (Gilded Gourd), California Gourd Society Art Competition, Fallbrook, CA
2007 Second Place (Jewelry), California Gourd Society Art Competition, Fallbrook, CA
2007 Second Place (Dolls/Human Figures), California Gourd Society Art Competition, Fallbrook, CA

Publications
“Inspirations: What Inspires Sala Faruq” by Kira Withers-Jones, Making Jewellery, Issue 14, May 2010
“The Gourdeous Path” by Sala Faruq, The Golden Gourd, Spring 2007

Education
Master of Arts, The American University, Washington, DC - 1983
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Howard University, Washington, DC - 1976

Teaching
Instructor, The Shepherdess, San Diego, CA - 2010

Membership
North Carolina Gourd Society

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