Senior year Degree Project
Mukani is an Arabic word which means my place.
The shapes I use in my designs are influenced by Islamic architecture. Their basic forms are used as a backdrop to the extremely ornamental details that cover the buildings. I use this method in my jewelry to first bring the viewer in then through the details show another side of the work, letting them discover its story.
This body of work has developed once I left my country Kuwait. Back home the vanished history did not interest me. Once I came to the United States I was over whelmed with nostalgia for a world that I was never a part of. The old architecture and way of life disappeared after the discovery of oil. Kuwait rushed forward to join the modern world, and in the processes erased its past. I wanted to find a way to connect my self to Kuwait’s history, but at the same time give my self the freedom to express my ideas. I looked towards what had past for inspiration to create something new, something that is beginning again. Mukani.