Startup of the Week: Creating one’s own way to success

Updated 05 February 2019
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Startup of the Week: Creating one’s own way to success

  • Art and crafts shop is not only an authorized distributor for sewing tools but also a great motivation for all visitors to learn more about this craft

JEDDAH: Most people especially youngsters continuously seek the answer to one question: What is the key to success?
In search of an answer, many people spend a fortune in attending conferences and seminars where experts or successful entrepreneurs share their success stories to serve as a source of inspiration to the participants.
People who are interested in reading start collecting how-to books in their quest to succeed in life.
To be honest, there is no fixed formula or strategy for success. As a matter of fact, the very concept of success varies from person to person. It is, however, better to set aside this philosophical debate and focus on the general notions about success.
It is said that the key to success is doing what you love. When one transforms his passion into a profession, it becomes easier to stand out in the crowd.
Hisham Abu Al-Ainin, a Saudi businessman, is supporting arts and crafts in his unique way. He is the owner of Jeddah’s famous sewing machine shops — Art and crafts. It is the go-to place for those interested in crocheting, knitting and the accessories.
Abu Al-Ainin’s mother used to crochet dolls and his father owned a shop dealing in sewing machines. So, his mother’s interest and father’s business influenced his thinking and he developed an interest in art and culture.
Abu Al-Ainin said: “In 2011, I joined my father’s business. I became the local distributor for a number of international brands including the German brands ‘PFFAF’ and ‘Madera,’ the American brand ‘Simplicity.’ Later, I added quilting machines as well.”
“I have about 50 kinds of different needles, 250 different color tones of a variety of wool and cotton threads of various materials,” he said.
Art and crafts shop is not only an authorized distributor for sewing tools but also a great motivation for all visitors to learn more about this craft as Abu Al-Ainin and other crochet instructors organize educational workshops in different institutes and universities to help to keep this craft alive.
Abu Al-Ainin also wants to introduce environmentally friendly products to combat pollution and make the world a better place to live. He wishes to introduce products such as the jumbo crochet and knitting yarn called “Hooked Spaghetti,” which is basically a recycled fabric.
“This large thread is in the form of ropes and weighs one kilogram. It is suitable for the manufacture of carpets and bags,” he said.
Abu Al-Ainin also motivates productive families interested in crochet to showcase their products at his showroom in Sultan Mall. By doing so, he not only adds variety to his available collection but also provides local talent a platform to showcase their skills and earn money.
During a visit to the shop, this writer met Jumana Al-Beid, a graduate of the Saudi Center for Fine Arts. Al-Beid is interested in crochet and teaches the basics to amateurs and beginners.
She said she gets inspiration from the handicrafts and eye-catching works of art available at the shop. These products, she said, help her relax and set her mind free from stress.


Calling all cat lovers: Dubai art gallery spotlights strays

Artist Angel-O takes to the streets of Dubai to photograph stray cats. Angel-O/FN Designs
Updated 23 March 2019
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Calling all cat lovers: Dubai art gallery spotlights strays

DUBAI: FN Designs, a gallery in Dubai’s artsy Alserkal Avenue, is spotlighting street cats in a new exhibition by artist-photographer Angel-O until April 30.

The multidisciplinary art and design studio chose to highlight the Filipino photographer’s work in a bid to raise awareness about the situation of strays in the UAE.

The exhibition opened in March with a panel discussion titled “Catnip.” The artist was joined by Nour Fakher, a vet at Blue Oasis Clinic, and Sara Abdelal, a cat rescuer in Dubai.

The artist started his journey when his landlord enforced a strict no-pet policy. Angel-O took to the streets to photograph stray cats in order to remain close to the animals.

Artist Angel-O takes to the streets of Dubai to photograph stray cats. Angel-O/FN Designs

“Most of these photos are taken in different parts of Dubai, in the nooks and crannies of streets,” he said, referring to his collection of photographs, which were taken in 2014 but shown for the first time in this show.

 “I am so glad my artwork is able to help these cats. I’ve had people come up and enquire about the location of the photograph so they could go back and help the cat in the picture,” he said.

 “I’m really relieved that people find this collection… of mine moving.”

Cat rescuer Abdelal stressed the importance of the TNR method of treating strays — trapping, neutering and releasing them.

“While we are trying to help find a safe home or habitat for the existing cats on our streets, let’s prevent their number from increasing. These animals can’t speak to us, we need to find a way to understand and help them,” she said.  

The UAE government has made moves to reduce the number of street cats through newly mandated animal welfare regulations that were handed down by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in December.

A failure to properly care for animals, including dumping pets, is now punishable by law in the country.