Startup of the Week: Jeddah girl goes digital to showcase artwork

Updated 23 October 2018
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Startup of the Week: Jeddah girl goes digital to showcase artwork

  • Not only is her artwork tied to traditional methods, but she is also very skilled in digital art

JEDDAH: The brainchild of 22-year-old Saudi illustrator Hana Al-Ghamdi, the Hanaamichi Store is an online shop that offers printing solutions for producing posters, small cards, sketchbook covers and T-shirts.
“In the future, I am planning to expand the operations and make collections of digital artwork including stickers, pins and files,” Al-Ghamdi said.
Her original artwork can be found on oil and watercolor paintings, and clothes that have the artwork printed or painted on by hand.
The store made its debut in March at the Artist Alley at Comic Con Jeddah. “Even though it was my last semester in college, I didn’t hesitate,” she said. “I wanted to participate so badly that it took me two months to plan and make artwork for the event. My friends helped me a lot in the beginning, and the responses I received from people at that time meant a lot to me. I had so much fun in the whole process. Now the products are available on Instagram.”
The theme of her artwork is mostly aesthetics. Al-Ghamdi uses fashion and models heavily in her work. “My art style is inspired by Korean artists. I love the vibes of their work and I am trying to implement that in mine,” she said.
Not only is her artwork tied to traditional methods, but she is also very skilled in digital art. “I use Adobe Photoshop for making artwork and designing it for printing,” she said.
Al-Ghamdi is proud of the quality of the materials used in her merchandise. “The products are provided by the printing store itself, except for the papers inside the sketchbooks,” she said. “I buy the paper depending on what I think is most suitable for drawing and ask them to use it.”
Her appreciation for art was sparked at the age of 15, and she has been pursuing her artwork for eight years. “When I was 15, one of our art teachers taught us about the importance of art and encouraged all of us. I started creating characters and short stories like the ones in the Japanese anime shows I used to watch. I did not improve much at the beginning, until I started following other amazing artists. I have not stopped learning and practicing since then,” she said. Follow Al-Ghamdi’s Instagram store account (@hanaamichi.store) to check out her products.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.