Sunday, 15 January 2012

Farrah Al-Dujaili

Farrah Al-Dujaili is a British Art Jeweller. Farrah studied a BA in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and then went on to complete a MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products in 2010. After completing her studies, Farrah set up her own workshop to continue her practice. Her work has been exhibited internationally in shows including ‘Talente’ and ’25 Years of Galerie Louise Smit’. Farrah is also the recipient of the Art Jewelry Forum ‘Emerging Artist’ award and will subsequently have her work exhibited at SOFA New York and COLLECT London in 2012.

“ My design methodology revolves around the act of drawing as an intuitive and subconscious process; geometric and organic components ‘grow’ alongside each other to create visual contrasts. I work within an intuitive mix of drawing and making that crosses over and intertwines. The drawings are a starting point where compositions and forms are explored. The intuitive decision process learnt through drawing is transferred into my making practices. A section within a drawing can instigate the creation of multiple three-dimensional forms as I draw directly with the wire. Hybrid forms are created not overtly floral, but organic and playful. It is in the construction of these fragments that the layering of line and form creates the idiosyncratic detailing that appear in my drawings.

I enjoy the moment just before a piece comes together, where a combination of forms just suddenly looks right to me. The spontaneous making process requires quick, intuitive aesthetic judgements playing with angles and positioning of forms in an attempt to achieve a mixture of negative space and form. The unexpected detailing from an extra hammer mark or additional length of wire is where the excitement of the making process comes together. I attempt to keep questioning what I can change? Whether that be form, scale, dimension, thickness of wires or the amount of detail and ornamentation. The subsequent work aims to reflect the freedom of drawing within each piece. 

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