Glue life is my new stop motion mini series reflecting my own life from glue characters perspective. This episode pretty much sums up my 2019 so far haha, but there are still few months to go, let’s hope my glue gun can put things all together soon.Read More
It’s that time of the year again. Every year I organize a tree planting day and fundraise and invite everyone to take part of it. It wouldn’t have happened without the support of all the people who have contributed, from inside and outside Egypt!
This year I am going for quality over quantity, for this year the goal is not to plant 1000 trees but to plant a tree that will make a huge impact on someone’s life. I personally went and visited a village in Fayoum city in Egypt called ‘Ezbet Alsheikh Selim’, they literally live in the desert, in the middle of no where, and not because they are beduins or tribes but because they cant afford to go anywhere. To be able to buy anything they need to get some sort of transportation, a tuktuk, drive for 30-45 min to the centre of the village, pay an amount that they can't afford to waste just to buy few veggies and fruits. To keep it short, the people there are not just below the line of poverty, they are not even close to the line.
The plan is to build like a "pot” to plant the trees in outside their houses and plant fruit trees; lemons, figs and berries. Also herbs like mint, rosemary, and all these plants, we will give them seeds for veggies and compost to last them the whole year. Again this year shagrha helps me with all tree matters.
We have counted 39 houses in the village I visited and we are starting off with these. The average cost of doing all this for one house will be $44 or EGP 750. The “pots” will be built in august and we will plant the trees on 6th September. I will personally go there myself. There are several ways you can donate; paypal if you are outside Egypt (just send me an email for details), Etisalat cash, CIB ATM or attend our yoga fundraising event on the 24th of August at TD Athletics in Tagamoa. Just send me an email for any details.
When non Arabs talk about different Arabic food, the whole conversation consists of three words; Fallafel, shawerma and Baqlava! I am exaggerating obviously but I noticed that’s all my non Arab friends know about the different Arabic cuisines. So when it was Eid time I decided to share more about the different food we have, after all food is the best way to get to know a culture and what better way to share something other than turn it into an animated GIF sticker!
Kahk is a sweet cookie that we eat in Egypt only during the three days of Eid, thankfully, you are possibly looking at 3000 cals 😅😂 Jokes aside, kahk with a cup of tea is perfection!
I made 7 different GIF stickers that can be used on Instagram and facebook or anywhere really that can embed giphy stickers and shared them so people can play around with and spread the kahk love. And It has made in total 26.3 Million views* (updated on 12th june 2019)
I gave a “tinker friday” workshop during Pictoplasma Berlin 2019, we prepared so many products that were no longer working for participants to take apart, see what’s inside and then try to imagine and design their own characters from all the pieces.
Seeing more than 100 people with screwdrivers in their hand makes me so happy! I hope everyone who joined had a great time 🙌 I hope you learned more about what’s inside your products and that now you don’t fear taking anything apart! Maybe even try to fix it!
Some shared that it was a challenge for them to create with a different medium, they mostly work with paper or digitally on computer (not with computer parts!) But challenging your creative muscle is always a good and they ended up creating very interesting characters!
I had such a great time at Pictoplasma ✨ I met really inspiring people from both speakers and the audience. Thanks to everyone who attended my talk, heard my story and joined my ‘tinker friday’ workshop!
How I made my very first lip sync stop motion ✨ Full 7 min information packed video tutorial
I am more like the glue gun lately... I wanted to learn new things in stop motion and at the same time lately I've been struggling with getting things done, I noticed I tend to put my problems in videos, just like writing your problems down on a piece of paper then forgetting all about them, making a stop motion video helps me I guess but it just takes months longer haha... I've been stuck for months doing really boring not so creative jobs to make ends meet and it has been weighing me down, hopefully I get out of this non creative hole soon..
Another great conference in a beautiful city. Reasons to had a great line up of speakers, very honored to have been one of them. It was great meeting everyone from the audience too. And I got to do the opening titles for reason to 2018! You can see them below 👀Read More
I started a birthday tradition! Every year I plant trees during my birth month. I did it last year and turned it into an event, awesome people joined and we planted 200 trees.
I am not an “environmentalist”. It just makes sense to me that air should be something I think about like food and water, It’s even more important than the other two! So just like buying good food and healthy drinks for my tummy, I should invest in clean air for my lungs!Read More
A peek into my stop motion process. Hope you enjoy watching this (:Read More
I gave my first stop motion workshop at wysiwyg* agency in Düsseldorf. I had a great time, explained all about stop motion and animation principles, shared all my stop motion tips and tricks and they made really fun creative stop motion loops by the end of the workshop. I can't wait to see the things they'll create now!
I had a fantastic time at another Beyond Tellerrand conference, this time it was the Düsseldorf edition.Read More
I am definitely not a pro, so if you are starting out you might find this helpful. This how I set up the lighting for my doll head stop motion + some mistakes I've made before that you should avoid.Read More
I made this Desktop factory in collaboration with Doro, we worked on it when I was in Hamburg and released it in bits first on instagram (the foodie parts) to confuse people a bit. Doro also collects things that people throw away (on the street, or washed up by the river) and we started tinkering with these till we came up with an idea.
Earlier this year in Jan I gave a talk about all my tinkering I've been doing the past years and how it all started at Beyond Tellerrand Conference in Germany. Here is a photo of 98% of me behind the podium and a somehow visible 2% of me, these percentages may have varried depending on your angle of vision.Read More
A tree for every Patron... Check 🌱✔️ So grateful for every single one of them! Thank you for being my very first supporters! And a thank you to everyone who came to the tree planting event!! Not only did we reach our goal, but we even doubled it!! We planted 200 trees in Obour city in Cairo! Together with Shagrha and Hand over we planted olives, lemons, moringa and pomegranate trees.
If you'd like to support my on going projects and become my patron yourself, check the virtual tinkerland ✨👀
So my first "reward" on Patreon for all my beautiful Patrons will be "PLANTING A TREE IN EGYPT"!!!
When I got to know about the 1001 tree project, I started thinking about how the values of things have changed, planting 1001 is cheaper than buying the latest Canon 5D camera in Egypt! So a single camera is worth more than 1001 trees, It's sad, confusing, unbelievable, kind of funny and really sad again!Read More