Eclectic Yemeni is a young female artist who shares her talent through social media. She combines her contemporary style with traditional themes to create moving, thought provoking pieces that appeal to people of all backgrounds. We speak to her about her work, inspiration and future plans.
Zatasha Kiran: Tell us a bit about your childhood.
17 year-old Zayn Al-Qahtani, based in Bahrain, is currently majoring in Graphic Design with hope to move to England and study Fine Art. In her free time, Zayn is a freelance painter who goes by the pen name “Lunah Iris” and likes to create colourful images of people who catch her eye. Zayn‘s artistic intrigue began as a young child. “I remember being five years old and so annoyed because I couldn’t draw a star properly. I sat scribbling on my paper for a good two hours before I finally drew a (beyond perfect!) star.”
With a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s in Business, it’s highly surprising that 41 year-old Gentry Bradley decided on a career in fitness training. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Gentry was a sprinter before turning to coaching 11 years ago. In 1998, he was the national champion for the 200-meter sprint as well as being the World Intercontinental runner-up. He now shares his expertise training and experience with elite-level athletes who are preparing for events such as the Olympics Games, World Championships, Asian Games and Gulf Championships. His coaching specialty is in the sprint events of running which consist of 60-meter, 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter sprints. “I’m all about speed!”, he claims, “The athletes that I’ve trained have been ranked as high as #5 in the world, that’s saying something.”
He has worked for both the Saudi Arabian and Qatari track teams as well, doing consultation for teams in Lebanon, Iran, Uzbekistan, Malaysia and various US athletes and colleges. In addition to that, Gentry is currently creating his own athletics training group, GBJ Athletics, aimed at sprinters from the US, Middle East and Asia who are looking to train. Uvadahlia’s own Zatasha Kiran spoke to Gentry about life in the fast lane.
20 year old Sarah Brown from Newcastle upon Thyme is studying photography at Salford University, Manchester and has already produced images for ASOS, London Fashion Week, Miss Foxy, Sunday Sun Newspaper, Chronicle Online and Pakistan in Vogue, amongst others. Currently interning for fashion label Missguided which is described as a fresh, vibrant, trendy online clothes experience with launches in America, Australia, France and Europe, Sarah excels at her role as a fashion photographer.