Blurring the lines between the real and the imagined, Saima’s magical works are inspired by the storytelling of figurative Phulkaris of the 19th and early 20th century.
Saima’s artistic practice is informed by her need to use embroidery as a medium for play and imaginative exploration; to create thoughtfully crafted artworks offering moments of pure joy. This journey began as a way to express the experience of having a child with servere autism, leading to a solo exhibition ‘Autism: This is Me’ exhibited at Kala Sangam, Bradford.
Saima continues her practice exploring the relationship between craft, colour and storytelling. Her collaboration with Unpolished explores her love of the traditional Indian circus and fairground inspired by acrobatic figures so often found in Punjabi Phulkari.