Hajira Abid Qureshi

Image: Natalia wearing tumeric dyed silk print.
Image: Natalia draped in danedar chai organically dyed silk, showcasing prints created through a fusion of hot iron and fusible, embodying the innovative process of live printing.
Image: Natalia draped in light blue silk printed with seeds of fusible.

Thesis Statement

My focus is on the accumulation and abundance of seeds. I have encountered various techniques in which I have rediscovered seeds in the form of prints and paintings. I have developed my own printing technique in which I replicate an actual seed by using heat as my “live paintbrush,” as a reference to Yves Klein’s works. My objective is to take inspiration from my own paintings of seeds and transform them into textiles through their unique colors, sizes, and quantities. The idea of accumulation is derived from a Chinese Contemporary Artist named Ai Weiwei, famous for his sunflower seed exhibit at Tate Modern in London. Each seed, carefully placed, tells a story of displacement stimulated by visual artist, Vlatka Horvat. Weaved with various weights of fusible and heat, my designs come alive, celebrating the connection between heat and the organic world, capturing nature in every piece.
Image: Natalia in Yves blue printed silk with fusible.


Hajira Qureshi, a Pakistani-American native born in the United States, found her artistic calling during her time at a boarding school in Switzerland. Her passion for the art world burgeoned as she explored various mediums, eventually honing in on the intricate beauty of seeds. Inspired by the works of Yves Klein, she developed a unique printing technique, using heat as her "live paintbrush" to replicate seeds with astonishing precision. Her focus on seed accumulation draws from the influence of Ai Weiwei's groundbreaking exhibit at Tate Modern, echoing the displacement narratives evoked by Vlatka Horvat. Through her textile creations, Hajira celebrates the organic world's connection with heat, infusing each piece with nature's vibrant essence.