Intricate and surreal, Faig Ahmed‘s art draws from ancient carpet-weaving techniques yet is hyper-contemporary.
Born in Azerbaijan, Ahmed had been surrounded by carpets for his whole life. He says: “As any other Azeri family we had carpets everywhere – on the floor, on the walls, in each room. I was always playing with the patterns of the carpet imagining there were roads, trees, dragons etc.” Symbols of stability and unshakable tradition, they became an interesting subject to the artist. He started to research the meaning of ancient motives and found many similarities between them in different cultures. It seemed like each symbol on the carpets had its own meaning. “A carpet is a kind of book which you can read if you know the words,” Ahmed says. Using traditional weaving technique (sometimes as old as 300 years), he transforms old patterns into new, surprising concepts, like when he alters the original design to suggest pixelation, digital distortion
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.