I wanted to create jewelry for today’s Arab woman that is still connected to her culture’s traditions but is not trapped by them. She has had a bumpy journey and faced many obstacles on her way to where she is now. Nevertheless, she never forgets and still identifies herself with her past. She feels at home in the desert making tea for her family or in her perfectly tailored suit on her way up to her office.
I referenced several different fields of traditional work: jewelry, weaving, and woodworking. Using the aesthetics of earlier traditions as inspiration, I explored the possibilities of creating avant-garde pieces that can exist in both the past and present.