We had the good fortune of connecting with Huda Hashim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Huda, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
From Liverpool to Saudi Arabia, to Dallas, Huda Hashim’s travels have placed her among many different people and cultures. To connect with others and express her thoughts the best way she knew how, she turned to architecture and painting. Her family originates from Khartoum, Sudan. Navigating her ethnic, linguistic, and tribal heritages of Sudan is complex but she chooses to celebrate its diversity. During the Sudanese revolution in 2019, She created a painting inspired by the viral photo of Alaa Saleh chanting for peace ontop of a car. Her painting landed the cover of the Guardian Newspaper and they titled it “Street Spirit” Although i was not there physically, it was an honour for them to title it as such which made me feel as though I was there chanting for peace as well. Huda created prints of her painting with 100% of proceeds going to aid the injured in hospitals. She has mastered the ability of what makes for an attractive and meaningful environment or experience through design and art. Since a young age, I differentiated countries by their buildings, as I grew older I began to question why this material and style which led to my passion for architecture. I received a bachelors and masters degree in 3D visualization with a minor in Visual Arts at the University of Texas at Dallas I am the owner of Manzili by Huda, a 3D rendering and interior design studio as well as an artist with art in over 15 countries. My designs and art have been featured in the Guardian, Magnolia Journal and CB2. I bring the clients design to life virtually so they can imagine their space before taking out a single nail. I am most proud of being a brand that focuses on creating a virtual experience for the client that reflects their lifestyle. Over the last few months, Manzili by Huda has grown exponentially which is exciting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe the power of color and expressive brushstrokes depict every visual and emotional story i want to tell. As an abstract artist, I am most proud of creating pieces that have layers of meaning. My passion for African storytelling is the driving force behind my designs. I describe myself as an African brush-teller – like story teller, but with a brush aiming to bridge gaps and cross social, cultural and all other borders with my contemporary work by combining styles of the west with Arabic art and traditional Sudanese/African themes. I’ve learned that the most successful artists are ones that stay completely true and raw to themselves. The more personal you get with your art, the brighter and more powerful they become. When my “Kandaka (Candace) – Sudanese Queen” painting landed the cover of the Guardian and they titled it “Street Spirit”, I jumped with joy and broke down with so much emotion. Knowing that so many around the world connected with this piece as the “spirit” of the Sudanese revolution although I was supporting from afar makes being an artist so powerful. I sold prints of the Kandaka Painting with 100% of proceeds going to aid the injured in hospitals. The ability to create awareness and action through just one piece of art will always be one of my most memorable moments.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Spend a couple nights at “The Dallas Treehouse” a unique Airbnb. Eat, shop and walk around Legacy West. Breakfast at Dahlia On Ross Tea at the Adolphus French Room Picnic at the Botanical Gardens The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As a small business owner and mom of 2 young boys, I owe all my success to my husband and family who have supported me and given me the extra time needed to allow me to grow as a designer and artist.