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About Farha Sayeed


Farha Sayeed

Farha Sayeed, wife of an Indian diplomat, picked up Egg Art more than a decade ago and improvised and experimented with the fusion of Indian and Islamic elements to this otherwise Western art.

Farha, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, pursues varied interests in arts and crafts. While she has passion for Egg Decorations and Silk Painting, she is equally adept at charcoal painting, Thermo Cole painting, Tile Painting, Aluminium foil work, Glass Painting, glitter and zardori work and soft-toy making.

Farha's repertoire of egg art include a wide selection of decorated Ostrich, Emu, Goose, Duck, Turkey, Guinea and Hen eggs. Each of Farha’s eggshells are intricately cut, carved and decorated by hand and ornamented using pearls, beads, crystals, brocade, velvet, satin, golden laces and rhinestone chains, making each piece a masterpiece and one of its kind. Farha employs various techniques for decorating egg shells like cutting, carving, decoupage, trolling, etching, engraving, dyeing and bead work.

She has created each egg with great precision and ingenuity and involved several man hours of intricate work. These unique Objets d’Art are masterpieces which will lead the Connoisseurs of Art on a voyage into the realm of beauty and splendour.

She uses a high speed tool for cutting to reduce torque and thus prevent shattering. Shells are treated then with liquid polymer to strengthen and preserve their natural beauty. The eggs are mounted on beautiful silver and golden stands.

All eggs used for artistry belong to hatchery or farm grown birds only. No eggs are taken from the wild.

Farha’s collection of decorated eggs was first displayed in October 2003 for a month by the Art Lovers’ Group of the renowned Danish Pharmaceutical Company H. Lundbeck A/S. 

Farha’s maiden full-fledged solo exhibition of Decorated Eggs and Silk Paintings was  hosted by the Frederiksberg Commune, Denmark at Byggeriets Hus from April 8-May 9, 2004.

A part of her collection of decorated eggs was also displayed in the International Ramadan Exhibition titled "Ramadan Around the World" held at Intercontinental Hotel Jeddah on 16-17th October, 2005 which featured cultural exhibits of arts and crafts from several countries of Asia and the Middle East.

Farha's second solo exhibition, 'EGGCELLENCE' was held at Reda Art Gallery in Jeddah from 14-16 June, 2008 and was inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Princess Fahda Bint Al-Saud. The exhibition was received with great enthusiasm and interest by
connoisseurs of art.

Her
first solo exhibition in India titled ‘EGGXOTICA’, is being held from April 11-15, 2010 at the prestigious Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Farha is a member of the International Egg Art Guild (IEAG), which is a non-profit association of artists, artisans, and craftspeople who work with natural eggs as an art or folk art medium.

Farha is a pioneer in promoting Egg Art in India.

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