Chicago IL: Farha Sayeed, spouse of India’s Consulate General in Chicago, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, has been bringing laurels through her love for an array of arts and crafts and her contributions to welfare of the downtrodden, thereby emerging as a role model for women in the Indian Sub-continent.
Farha has a passion for creating Faberge-styled exotic Objets d’Art from egg shells of Ostrich, Emu, Goose, Duck, Turkey, Guinea, and Hen. These eggshells are intricately cut, carved, and ornamented, using pearls, beads, crystals, brocade, velvet, satin, golden laces, etc., and finally are mounted on beautiful silver and golden stands, making each end-product a customized masterpiece.
Farha, thus, transforms a humble eggshell into a breathtakingly beautiful and precious piece of art, which can adorn even a palace with its elegance and beauty.
An interesting aspect of Farha’s egg sculpting is her successful experimentation with the fusion of Indian and Islamic elements in this unique art form, which is otherwise Western.
Farha’s collection of decorated eggs was first displayed by the Art Lovers’ Group of a renowned Danish Pharmaceutical Company. This was followed by a series of full-fledged solo exhibitions titled “EGGSPERIENCE” in Copenhagen, “EGGCELLENCE” in Jeddah, “EGGXOTICA” in New Delhi, and “EGGSPRESSIONS” in Sana’a, to great appreciation. Farha also participated in the Annual Dallas Egg Show along with other international egg artists.
A member of International Egg Art Guild, Farha is considered as a pioneer in promoting Egg Art in India.
Farha, in addition to pursuing her interest in varied art forms like Painting, Zardori Work, Soft-toy Making and Calligraphy, finds time for philanthropy too to ameliorate the lot of destitute women, orphans and children of special needs.
“I had a passion for arts and craft since my childhood; When I came across a new medium of eggshells it attracted me instantly, I thought I would challenge my creative imagination by testing my skills using a fragile surface”, said Farha.
“Eggs reflect the origin of life. To me egg sculpting is a reflection of my self-expression and a way of looking at objects in a different perspective”, she added. When asked about her plans to exhibit her collections in the United States, she said “I am planning an exhibition in the coming Easter”