“This place is a dream.” ~ Rumi
My name is Roya Azal. Artist, Sufi, Blogger, Designer, Geek, Healing Spirit, based outside of Berlin, Germany. Here the sky is wide and we live with foxes, squirrels, snakes, and perhaps even some wolves. I am inspired by natural life. Plants, Flowers, Esoterical Art, Mysticsm, Sufism, Iranian Folk Art, Patterns, Geometry, Light/Shadow, Textiles, Folklore and Healing Arts are my themes. I merge art, botany, phytology, Islamic spiritual practise, philosophy, medicine and psychology in my creative quest. Life is alchemy – it taught me to surrender and to never give up. Nature is my nature. There is no reality but a multiverse of realities.
The story of humanity is a shared story and Islamic art and the philosophical and mystical heritage is a vast and greatly under-appreciated and unexplored treasure that contains many awe inspiring inspirations. Islamic culture and it’s achievements in botany, mathematics, chemistry and medicine are famous examples of what the human mind can achieve when it engages with things beyond the surfaces of our immediate perception. For me as an artist the art and science of Islamic thought and specifically Sufism is an unlimited source of inspiration and revelation. With my work I try to get beyond our cultural and cognitive surfaces and bring to attention the treasures within Islam and it’s artistic and aesthetical heritage. It is of great importance to me to also bring this together with human rights and our shared fight for a just social order and global economy.
I grew up in Munich, Bavaria and I am part of the widespread Irano-German community. However, religious matters were of no substantial interest to me. My mental blockage against all religion was firmly installed. Until 2012 I was living in London and working in Design, the Arts and IT. I worked as a design expert and editorial designer for the Gurdian Newspaper and was part of the online art scene. Then a traumatic event changed everything and my world was turned upside down. I was thrown into a archetypal struggle between light and darkness and experienced a spiritual emergence. Evenually I left London and went back home to Germany.
Now I engage as an artist with the struggle of light and shadow, and observe how plants grow, how they struggle to break out of darkness and how they form and bloom in the light. This I bring also together with cyber culture and our collective struggles. The art work is shown at local and international art events, gatherings, gardens and festivals. Additionally to my art and design work I train as inter-cultural counsellor, naturopath and psychotherapist, create toys, decorative items, Iran style wall hangings and similar things.
Earthangel.one is my arts & crafts studio & blog.
5% of the profits from my shop on Etsy goes to charity. This year I will donate to the German Alpine Association who support refugees and work to protect the environment. I grew up in Munich and spend many wonderful days in the Alps and to this day these beautiful experiences nurture my soul and inspire me.
I hope to make an empowering contribution with this blog, and to aid a better understanding between cultures and people. My creed is love.
Al Hayy! (The Force of Life)