As I’m always saying; my first design instructor was Mohie El Deen El Labbad, the late artist, designer and cartoonist–or as he used to describe himself: A bookmaker!
I started reading Labbad articles in Majed magazine, at the age of 8 and 9, he had a weekly article about art, design thinking, graphic design, art critique, visual understanding, culture and identity re-forming, all for children readers, of course, he was the pioneer, and sadly saying; I’m not sure if there is anyone still doing this at the present time.
He launched several series, each having one title and one theme, in this article from 1988, he wrote under the title “The Beautiful Books’ Closet – خزانة الكتب الجميلة” a review on something he admired a lot; the Arab Arts. The catalog was published by The Freer Gallery of Art, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museums in Washington, 1975.
As Labbad always do, he enlightens some areas to the child’s eyes, he was talking here about the beautiful old jar from Iraq, and describing the woman dress and imagining what she was holding in her hands? I was back then a little boy, and I hardly wished to read the whole book and enjoy looking at more pieces from our own art.
Then, and while checking my archive few weeks ago, I stumbled on this article again after 27 years, I immediately looked it up on the internet, and ordered one from an American bookseller for really a good price, then I have it in my hands.
Nothing makes me happy than this achievement! A big tribute to my master Labbad.