Startup of the Week: Recreating your pictures with a digital twist

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Employees working in the colorful office of the Art shop. (AN photo Huda Bashatah)
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Employees working in the colorful office of the Art shop. (AN photo Huda Bashatah)
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Razan Khalil the Head office manager in her space. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 26 March 2019

Startup of the Week: Recreating your pictures with a digital twist

  • The designers at Art Shop can also provide consultations for customers on the themes and concepts they are interested in

The art scene in Jeddah has been undergoing something of a renaissance in recent times, with new branches growing constantly. Artists and artistic amateurs are increasingly served by an array of venues to develop their styles, and one of the more notable businesses in the region is the Art Shop, a design retailer recognized as an industry leader.
Art Shop creates digital designs, artwork and “visual communication solutions” for customers and clients, across a range of areas. Their shop is located at Red Sea Mall, where you can go and browse their wares and services, while the head office is located in Al-Andalus district.
Art Shop recreates the pictures you give them in their own unique style, adding backgrounds, highlights and all manner of other features.
What you choose to do with your product is up to you. You can either wear it as a badge or put it up in your home as a decoration, customizing it exactly to the shape and size you want it to be.
Art Shop has become a popular source of wedding gifts for their ability to create life-sized cut-outs of the bride and groom, as well as personalized guest books, programs and other accessories.
The shop also values customer’s privacy and modesty, as those who cover their faces or wear hijab can request female employees to assist them and take charge of the whole creative process.
The designers at Art Shop can also provide consultations for customers on the themes and concepts they are interested in.
“We have worked for many events, where we have created name tags and invitations for the organizers and invitations for guests,” said Razan Khalil, the office head manager.
“We never use Photoshop here. It’s really important for us that every single commission is done by our designers — it is all hand-drawn, handmade, and with a real personal stamp on all our products.”
Art Shop is also pushing barriers when it comes to equal opportunities for women. “More than 90 percent of the people working with us are girls, and I feel like the girls are more efficient than boys,” Khalil added.
That efficiency — and talent — is clearly paying dividends, as demand is constantly increasing. “We are working to open another branch very soon,” she said.


Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall: ‘I was bullied for being Arab’

The singer's maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian. (Getty)
Updated 05 June 2020

Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall: ‘I was bullied for being Arab’

DUBAI: Girl group Little Mix’s star Jade Thirlwall has opened up about bullying she experienced as a teenager due to her Arab roots.

Speaking on the BBC “No Country For Young Women” podcast, the 2011 “X-Factor” finalist, whose maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian, said that she felt “ashamed” of her background. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

oh hey it’s me shamelessly plugging #BreakUpSong for the 1847th time via a thirst trap pic

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“When I went to secondary school, I was literally one of three people of color in the school,” the 27-year-old music sensation, whose father is British, said.

“I remember one time I got pinned down in the toilets and they put a bindi spot on my forehead; it was horrific.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

look in the notebook.

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“I have constantly had this inner battle of not really knowing who I am, or where I fit in, or what community I fit into,” she said.

The singer recalled that she would put white powder on her face “to whiten” herself when performing on stage at her school.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

finding a new love for my natural hair⚡️

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After joining Little Mix, she “subconsciously” did not want to talk about her heritage for fear of being disliked.

“I think because I was bullied quite badly in school because of the color of my skin and for being Arab, I wasn’t very proud of who I was,” Thirlwall explained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I would hate to talk about my race and heritage and not say the right things,” she added.