Ihdaa Bugis

 
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Ihdaa Bugis

Hello, my name is Ihdaa Bugis and I am a senior in Illustration graduating from Otis College of Art and Design in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts. My work usually revolves around topics such as religion, emotion, and mental health. My skills include working with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, painting digitally and traditionally, poster making, designing book covers, and making comics. I am also biliterate in Arabic and English, and my work is heavily inspired by my Arabic culture.

This is a silent graphic novel made with ink on paper and colored digitally. I wanted to communicate a message or a story through image rather than text or dialogue. Thus, I wanted to make a story that is relatable to me yet might be unfamiliar to others. The story explores the challenges of being a Muslim woman living in a non-muslim country.

This book, titled “Casual Hijabi: A Coming of Age Story” explores the topic of the Hijab and how the main character, “E”, falls in love with it. It showcases what it feels like growing up as a Muslim woman and the struggles between faith and outer appearance.

The story explores the idea and meaning of home where the main character, “E” takes a trip back to her home country for the summer vacation. She spends quality time with her family, eats home-cooked foods, goes on adventures, shops for brands, and goes to the mosque. All these things are things she missed about home. A place where she doesn't feel out of place. Is this what it means to be home?

I always wanted to experiment with patterns and fabric printing. So I decided to design my own Hijab. As a Muslim myself, I wanted to raise awareness of the Hijab and Islam in general. The patterns used on the Hijab are the same patterns present in the “Casual Hijabi” books, and that is to have the Hijabs act as merchandise to the books and follow a similar theme.

I always wanted to experiment with patterns and fabric printing. So I decided to design my own Hijab. As a Muslim myself, I wanted to raise awareness of the Hijab and Islam in general. The patterns used on the Hijab are the same patterns present in the “Casual Hijabi” books, and that is to have the Hijabs act as merchandise to the books and follow a similar theme.

I always wanted to experiment with patterns and fabric printing. So I decided to design my own Hijab. As a Muslim myself, I wanted to raise awareness of the Hijab and Islam in general. The patterns used on the Hijab are the same patterns present in the “Casual Hijabi” books, and that is to have the Hijabs act as merchandise to the books and follow a similar theme.

For this piece. I investigated, made, and documented a three-dimensional created form. I decided to make my Casual Hijabi series as my subject. I wanted to create something that acts as a sculpture and something functional. I wanted to create the feeling of my character floating in space. The mandalas represent culture and how it carries the character’s life. I created my character using polymer clay and used fabric for the lampshade. Then, I laser cut the mandala shapes before sewing the pieces together and assembling the lamp.

I wanted to try something different and challenge myself and work with more fabric. Therefore, I came up with the idea to make stuffed dolls. I thought it would be interesting to see a doll that would look like me and represent Muslim women in general. I thought it is kind of odd that American Doll has not made a Muslim doll yet, so I made my own. The biggest challenge was to learn how to sew since I did not have experience with that. Some dolls were hand-sewn and some were sewn using the sewing machine. The clothes are bought but adjusted by hand to fit the dolls better.

The task was to choose one song title from 1928-1999. The song title must fit into the genre of country or folk music. We have the choice of listening to the song or not to. We had to make it 2-Color, 2-Block Linoleum print, with a drawing. I chose the song “The Long Black Veil” by Johnny Cash. I did not listen to the song and I decided to make a little twist of the word “veil.” I interpreted the veil as a Burqa, in which it is a long, loose dress that covers the entire body from head to toe and is worn in public by many Muslim women.