Jordan-based illustrator Shamekh Al-Bluwi continues to combine his love of architecture with fashion through his clever cut-out series. “I always used to sketch ladies and dress them with interesting patterns and cityscapes,” he told The Creators Project. Shamekh's clever and inspiring project involves a series of drawings of women with their dress designs cut out. The illustrator holds the cut-outs up against the world around him. The empty portion is then filled with the buildings, landscapes, and anything the world has to offer in the background, serving as unique outfit patterns for his illustrated women.
Shamekh's illustrations feature women who are the epitome of fashion-forwardness—wearing anything from construction sites, a shelf of eyeshadows, or a marbled urn, to a city sunset. Of course, it is the creativity and keen eye of the artist who ultimately chooses their outfits. “When I decide on locations, I try to play with contradictions,” says Shamekh. “A busy background or a chaotic landscape versus the simple sketch. In fact, my eyes are always observing my surroundings, and I try to spot interesting textures to add them against my sketches. It gets really fun when I'm traveling, as I can take photos of sketches while exploring new cities.” He shows the world that there's truly nothing like a new dress to broaden one's horizons.