Natasha Mann

2012 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar - Zouaq Art

Natasha is an artist specialising in traditional Moroccan painting on wood. This art form, known as zouaq, can traditionally be found painted on ceilings, doors and furniture in Morocco. In 2007 she undertook an apprenticeship in zouaq painting with a master in Fez. Since returning to the UK she has continued to research and paint zouaq art. She creates Islamic geometric and floral designs using hand ground pigments with egg tempera and 24 carat gold leaf.

Natasha received a QEST Scholarship to study an MA in Islamic and Traditional Arts at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London. During the course she was taught how to make natural pigments as well as how to create Islamic geometric patterns with just a compass.

Natasha holds a degree in Arabic and French from Cambridge University. She was awarded the Barakat Prize for outstanding contribution to Islamic Art by HRH Prince Charles in 2014. She is now based in London where she undertakes commissions for paintings and interiors and she also teaches evening classes in zouaq painting at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts.