Dalia Saafan, a graphic designer and teacher, earned her Bachelor of Interior Design degree in 1993 in her native Egypt. She arrived in Canada in 1995 and continued to work as an art instructor, craft producer and designer. During this time, Dalia pursued interior design projects that included the creation of artistic classroom doors that represented each teacher at Earl Buxton School in Edmonton. As a painter and interior designer, Dalia’s work focused on strong geometric patterns and ethnic elements that continues to be evident in her current body of work.
In 2005, after working with a local glass maker, Dalia’s focus turned to glass. Creating works that include wall panels, backsplashes, sinks, house numbers, signs and platters, Dalia found glass to be a discipline that could blend all of her creative strengths: painting; interior design; and warm glass. Combining elements of Bedouin culture and near eastern rural colours with the addition of plant-inspired motifs and Arabic or English calligraphy, Dalia’s style celebrates both her Egyptian roots and her new Canadian home.