Exploring Ramses Wissa Wassef's Artistic Vision

Typically, artists like to sketch their work before putting their paintbrush to the canvas. But the late Ramses Wissa Wassef, a revolutionary Egyptian artist and architect, and his wife Sophie wanted to break this standard by having students weave their designs directly on the loom without any prior planning.

In an exhibit titled "An Accomplishment in Creativity: The Egyptian Children's Tapestries," more than 25 woven tapestries created by Wassef's students will be on display at The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Under Wassef's vision, the exhibit aims to show that anyone has the potential to create beautiful works of art. Wassef's program began in 1952 and several of his initial students still weave at his Egypt-based studio today, which is now headed by Wassef's daughters.

"I had this vague conviction that every human being was born an artist, but that his or her gifts could be brought out only if artistic activity was encouraged from early childhood by way of practicing a craft," he once said.



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