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Maya Antoun Traditional African jewellery Making Techniques

Fluid, sculptural forms interlaced with segments of fine filigree work defines the stunning jewellery creations by Sudanese designer Maya Antoun. Based in the UK, Maya seeks to combine traditional African jewellery making techniques with contemporary ones to create a new vision for African jewellery, and indeed the wider context of her work, which is influenced by the diversity of cultures, reflected in her own culturally diverse upbringing and exploring the ways in which individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds might interpret their traditional jewellery, and in the process creating something new, fresh and exciting.

[Image sources: Maya Antoun – top, necklace – CSM MA DESIGN 2010
centre, New Ashgate Gallery; bottom left, intricate Cuff – Net-a-Face; right, Shop Liquorice]

Drawn to traditional jewellery techniques like filigree, a craft that is slowly disappearing, Maya’s work has led to collaborations with master filigree artisans in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo and in doing so Maya hopes to pave the way for further collaborations between design and craft practitioners, and open up viable markets for the jewellery and skills across Africa and beyond. In the UK, Maya also collaborates with fashion designer Omer Asim, a fellow Sudanese, in a partnership that sees Maya’s work beautifully complementing Omer’s sculptural design aesthetic. Maya was also awarded Accessories Designer of the Year 2011 at the Africa Fashion International Awards.

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