Shaheen Kasmani is a textile artist and pattern designer. Her background is in language, literature and education, and I have always had an interest and a love for the visual arts. Shaheen graduated from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, completing my MA in Visual Islamic Traditional Arts, in 2014. Her specialism lies in using traditional patterns and motifs, in both conventional and contemporary contexts. For Shaheen, it important that her work is part of telling a story. It could be celebrating something long forgotten, exploring a theme or idea, or a reclamation of the narrative from those who have hijacked or imposed their own upon others. Her work is about history, heritage, culture and conversation, and she strongly believes in the power of learning and education.