Saba Yazdjerdi Stocks Iranian Motion, Inspiring Poet + Extra


Born in Tehran, Iran, Saba Yazdjerdi is an architect and artist whose paintings investigates her Iranian and multi-cultural heritage thru object, areas, and fabrics. Raised in Tehran, Saba has lived in Colorado, Rhode Island, Bangkok, New York, and California all over her existence. Enthusiastic about the human enjoy, she explores issues of identification and belonging thru a brand new lens that seeks to include, maintain, and have fun Iranian tradition.

With this in thoughts, her paintings achieves a dual-purpose: reimagining her private narrative and giving Iran’s wealthy cultural previous new existence. For her debut assortment, The Pahlevoon Collection, (c. 2021-present) Yazdjerdi explores the important thing attributes of Pahlevani – an Iranian martial artwork, steeped in moral ideas, athletic rituals, and historical Persian ideals.

These days, Saba Yazdjerdi joins us for Friday 5!

woman with pulled back dark hair sitting on a white sofa with her legs crossed and arms resting on her knees

Saba Yazdjerdi Picture: Sahra Jajarmikhayat


Symbol: Saba Yazdjerdi

1. Girls, Lifestyles, Freedom

As it’s possible you’ll know, with the horrific occasions that took place to Mahsa Amini a couple of weeks in the past in Iran, there’s a lot happening in my house nation nowadays. Many of us are sacrificing and risking their lives for democracy and freedom. “Girls, existence, freedom” is the slogan of the Iranian motion.
And whilst that is tricky, I additionally consider that participating in a battle for rights and freedom is intoxicating. When one thing like this occurs, day by day routines lose importance, and the motion takes heart level in our lives… even if I’m a spectator and cheerleader in another country. Witnessing Iranian ladies main the fee within the protests has been a day by day supply of inspiration for me. When you haven’t had a possibility to examine it, I urge you to. And please sign up for us in amplifying the voices or Iranian ladies.

small complex of building surrounded by forest next to a large body of water

Chichu Artwork Museum Picture: Mitsuo Matsuoka

2. The Chichu Artwork Museum

Situated at the island of Naoshima in Japan, The Chichu Artwork Museum is a site-specific museum designed by way of Tadao Ando. It’s one in all my favorites. Constructed underground, the development avoids changing the view of the ridge and displays us how human beings must and will are living in nature. As you move throughout the museum, the development wraps round you in some way that lends those surprising geometric openings to the sky. The development in reality captures the ethos of the island and represents how design permits us to “are living smartly” in my eyes.

black and white image of handwriting on a piece of paper overlaid with the portrait of a somber man

Picture courtesy Soharb Sepehri

3. Sohrab Sepehri

I think blessed in an effort to learn Persian poets in Farsi. Hafez, Rumi, and Forough Farrokhzad are the most efficient recognized across the world, however recent poet, Sohrab Sepehri, is one I connect to probably the most. My father used to recite his poems by way of center at all times when I used to be a kid. I learn and pay attention to his Sedaye Payeh Ab – The Water’s Footsteps – as a supply of meditation.

tempeh on a white background

Picture: Saba Yazdjerdi

4. Fermentation

I’m a vegetarian and feature a passion for cooking and exploring how other dishes are made. 3 years in the past, when I used to be residing in Bangkok, my interest for southeast Asian delicacies led me to the sector of fermentation. Fermentation is the transformation of 1 element into some other with the assistance of a microbe. Miso and tempeh had been my favourite resources of protein ever since. The guide The Noma Information to Fermentation helped me be informed concerning the procedure. I am hoping to someday have the danger to enjoy Noma – one of the crucial top-ranked eating places on this planet – which is positioned in Copenhagen.

green rolling hills and trails

Glen Canyon Park, San Francisco Picture: James Gaither

5. Climbing

The most efficient a part of my week are the Saturday morning retreats in nature I’ve with my husband. We’re so fortunate to are living in San Francisco, which provides an array of herbal areas very shut by way of. We finish the week with mountain climbing and discovering a second to break out from our busy lives and calm down. Easy joys like those are a excellent reminder of what’s crucial. The ones short time on peak of a mountain are like a chiropractor’s consult with for my thoughts.


Paintings by way of Saba Yazdjerdi:

neutral tone sculpture

Kabbadeh chin Picture: Nopanon Itthiakarapong

two bell-shaped neutral tone objects

Mil Ga Picture: Nopanon Itthiakarapong

sculptural neutral tone bench

Mil Stone Bench Picture: Nopanon Itthiakarapong

mirrored wall art object

Sang ru Picture: Nopanon Itthiakarapong

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic clothier and creator has had a deep love of artwork and design for so long as she will take into account, and enjoys sharing her unearths with others. When undistracted by way of nice artwork and design, she will also be discovered making a large number within the kitchen, eating as a lot knowledge as imaginable, or at the sofa along with her 3 pets. To find her @designcrush on social.



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