Hey!
I'm Sandy Kurt

I’m an artist, self-taught designer, and educator who is hell-bent on teaching everyone how to get started with Islamic geometric patterns.

I was born during the Balkan war and raised in Italy, with nothing more than some pencils, cheap watercolors and passion, I’m proud to inspire people to leave their comfort zone and learn new ways to express their artistic self.

In fact, when I was younger, I used to draw hands and people faces, but as a self-taught, I didn't have the adequate skills for that.
My drawings looked okay, but there was something that didn't satisfy me, so I started drawing mandalas which was fun, but freehand drawing was still a bit frustrating. 

Then I got fired...

I took the whole 2017 off in order to do all the things I didn't have the time for while working and somehow I found this 10£ Islamic geometry online course by Samira Mian. Little did I know that those 10£ would change my life.

Soon enough, I was craving more information so, in 2018, I decided to attend the Art of Islamic Pattern course in Fez, and in 2019 I attended the Islamic geometry summer school in Alqueria des Rosales - Spain.

I BELIEVE IN:

God, straight talks, early-mornings,  healthy lifestyle, and cutting out the 'meh' to make room for the very best.

I'm NOT ABOUT:

Dramas, time-wasting, useless complaining, late-nights and gossip.

YOU CAN FIND ME:

In my studio creating art, reading self-development books,  napping in the sunshine, cooking dinner, doing yoga.

daily rituals:

Doing some kind of physical activity, deep-breathing, cuddles with my neighbour's cat Sylvester + husband, eating (who's a breakfast person like me?)

But my art didn’t always look like this.

So why do I say that I'm a self-taught?

Let me get this straight: no one teaches complex Islamic geometry. Although I learned a TON during those courses no one was teaching what I love the most: complex Islamic geometric patterns.  So I rolled-up my sleeves and studied a lot - just like in high school duh.

I love to scroll down my Instagram page and look how far I've come. 

And this is why I've created this website. 

And after all these years of studying and searching I am ready to share my knowledge with YOU.
Whether it's my pdf tutorials, online courses, or free guides...I’m in this to make a difference in your life.

I know how it feels like to be a beginner. I know how it feels when you have to hold back your imagination because you don't have the knowledge/skills to create what is in your mind.

And because of YOU, I am able to provide some of the best free content out there. If you really want to dig deep in some free goodies, join the Sandy Kurt Insider List. This is where I send advice and inspiration and really dive deep and get to know you!

Munira Leather collaboration 2018

Ramadan Legacy collab. 2019

Cambridge Islamic Art Sale 2020

La Touche Original collab. 2020

Shababuna collaboration 2018

Jihan Ajami commission 2019

Giovanarte - Piacenza  2018

Qui Arte - Piacenza 2018

Fuorivisioni - Piacenza 2019

Exhibition hosted by Fuorivisioni - featured artist

Yeni Şafak newspaper 2021

Ismailimail 2022

Radio Bir 2020

Islamic Art Prints 2021

Art Illuminated podcast

Collaboration with Shababuna to design 6 prayer rugs for their shop in Mecca.

Commissioned to design the cover of 3 Ramadan planners

Commissioned to design one of their scarves

Collaboration with La Touche Original to design 1 wallpaper inspired by Islamic art

Commissioned to design one scarf to raise money for University scholarship

Donation of one artwork to collect money for the Cambridge Central Mosque

Exhibition hosted by Ricci Oddi Gallery - featured artist

Exhibition hosted by Qui Arte association - featured artist

Mimaani & Co. collaboration 2021

Commissioned to design one t-shirt for a charity campaign

Querencia Consultants collab. 2021

Commissioned to design a coloring book with 20 different zellige patterns

Towards Faith collaboration 2021

Commissioned to design the cover of 3 planners and promo material 

Live interview on Bosnian Radio

Featured artist in their blog post 'Meet the Artist: Sandy Kurt'

Cambridge Islamic Art 2020

PreporodInfo 2020

Behind My Veil 2018

Featured artist in their blog post 'Behind My Veil: Meet Sandy Kurt'

The Art of Islamic Pattern: A Living Tradition - London 2019

Exhibition hosted by Homerton Hospital - featured artist

Guest interview with Esra Alhamal in her podcast episode 'Islamic Geometry and Peace of Mind with Sandy Kurt'

projects

exhibitions

press

Perspektif magazine 2021

Featured artist in the article "Avrupa’da Yeni Nesil Sanatçılar"

Bayt Al Fann 2021

Featured artist in the article "Creating Complex Geometry, Sandy Kurt"

Bayt Al Fann 2022

watching: 

DRINKING: 

READING:

CRAVING: 

The office... my 10th time?

Homemade watermelon+ lemon+mint juice

The three laws of performance

Chocolate... all the time

listening:

To silence

My routine. I love my house, my hobbies, being alone in silence doing the things that relax me the most.

Nature! It's my zone of serenity where all of my best ideas happen.

Yoga. But not the "breath-in-breath-out" kind of yoga.
I love to challange myself doing the poses and sweat the toxins out.

Early morning sunshine. 
Fun fact: I always ask if the balcony is east-oriented when renting a new apartment. 

He is Sylvester. He is my neighbour's cat but, he spends 70% of the day (and night) with me...Ssshhh don't tell his owner

Reading books. My favourite topics? Self-development, human mind and body, counscious parenting, natural agriculture...
I know, I'm a wierdo.

My Favorite Things

This      That

city


dog


EARLY BIRD


TOPSheet


POPCORN


sleep


car

or

countryside


cat


night owl


no topsheet


CHOCOLATE


party


bike

Where I stand on the super important stuff...
Agree / disagree? 

"Sandy's art inspires me extremely that I want to learn something little from her every day. Her art is breathtaking”

THE REVIEWS

so they say:

let's chat!

Whether you have a project for me or you just want to say hi, you can contact me at sandy@sandykurt.com or hit the button below 

did we just become best friends?