Hello! I'm Alya
A Canadian designer with Middle Eastern roots.
With a background in computer science and a master’s degree in business administration, I aim to bring a unique perspective to the world of design. Having travelled a lot since a young age allowed me to explore cultures from various Arab and Western countries, where I absorbed the rich and diverse influences of each place I have lived in. These experiences have been translated into my designs, creating a harmonious fusion of tradition and modernity. A few years ago I decided to make a career shift from being a programmer and university instructor to a full-time designer, creating patterns for home decor and accessories.
On my website, you’ll find a portfolio of my designs and stories behind some of my projects.
On my blog, I try to share my design process, creative ideas and tutorials for my handmade creations.
Let my art bring a touch of global elegance to your space.
Louli's Passion for Islamic Art
Chances are you’ve already seen my artwork and have noticed that geometric patterns, more commonly known as Mandalas, are an important part of my designs.
Mandalas were also found in Islamic art, where they took on a new form of Islamic geometric patterns. These patterns, found in the decoration of mosques and other religious buildings, used similar principles of symmetry and repetition to create intricate designs that symbolized the harmony and order of the universe.
Why mandalas? Because they’re comforting.
I often find myself either living in the past or worrying about the future. Drawing mandalas helps me focus on the present and stay in the moment. Creating geometric compositions with repetition and rhythm that start with a small circle and grow into a beautiful piece of art has a calming effect.
And a little more about 'Louli'
‘Louli’ is a nickname commonly used for the name “Alya”, which is why it is often thought to be the reason why my business was named “Louli”. But that’s not exactly why I chose it to start with. My first attempt at a creative business was in 2003 when I was selling handmade jewelry. My focus was on beads and pearls, and ‘Louli’ also happens to be the Arabic word for pearls, which fit perfectly as my business name. Over the years, I continued to try various business ventures – web development, graphic design, and now surface print and pattern design, and the name ‘Louli’ has stayed with me through it all and grown to be my brand name.