Azza Fahmy builds sil­ver, gold, turquoise Nu­bia

It was not un­til de­signer came across col­lec­tion of turquoise stones dur­ing In­dia trip, that she de­cided to turn her favourite des­ti­na­tion into jew­ellery state­ment

The Daily News Egypt - - Fashion - By Nay­era Yasser

Sto­ries are of­ten told elo­quently with the most non-ver­bal meth­ods.Jew­ellery,like many other forms of art,is a tool for both ex­pres­sion and doc­u­men­ta­tion.With a strong bridge be­tween jew­ellery and ar­chi­tec­ture, she has taken many trips across the two-way route, over the du­ra­tion of 50 glo­ri­ous years. Her de­signs are of­ten given from one gen­er­a­tion to the next, due to its vivid rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the world, as well as its in­tri­cacy.

Azza Fahmy,a true lo­cal pride and de­sign afi­cionado, has just taken a cre­ative trip to the enig­matic Nu­bia. Through util­is­ing her eye for lux­ury and de­tails,the de­signer turned the touris­tic des­ti­na­tion into a stun­ning eight-piece hand-crafted col­lec­tion, which could be de­scribed as a true am­bas­sador.

In­spired by the colour­ful ar­chi­tec­ture of Nu­bian houses, as well as Has­san Fathy’s old Nu­bia’s ex­ten­sive pho­to­graphic archives, this fab­u­lous col­lec­tion de­picts minia­ture sculp­tural ren­der­ings which cap­ture the small­est de­tails seen in Nu­bia’s domes and artis­tic mo­tifs.The wear­able city is en­crusted with cham­pagne di­a­monds and semi-pre­cious stones, in­clud­ing Turquoise and Aqua­ma­rine.

“This col­lec­tion holds a very per­sonal res­o­nance, as the theme is rem­i­nis­cent of ‘Houses of the Nile’, my very first col­lec­tion,which launched my de­sign ca­reer. For‘Nu­bia’,I was cre­atively drawn to the struc­ture and char­ac­ter­is­tics of Nu­bian houses and those of the city.The col­lec­tion ar­tis­ti­cally de­picts au­then­tic ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails,and also in­cludes a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of lake Nasser,through the use of a state­ment ir­reg­u­larTurquoise stone. It is great to be able to cel­e­brate the city through our jew­ellery,” said Fahmy, with a pas­sion­ate twin­kle in her eyes.

Con­sist­ing of rings,ear­rings and neck­laces, this con­tem­po­rary artis­tic col­lec­tion re­veals Fahmy’s per­sonal con­nec­tion to this his­tor­i­cal city in the south of Egypt, and echoes her suc­cess­ful de­sign ap­proach of trans­lat­ing cul­tural and his­toric in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ences to con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery.

“I have al­ways car­ried Egyp­tian and Su­danese blood in my veins. My fa­ther was born to an Egyp­tian man and a Su­danese women.” Fahmy added with a nos­tal­gic smile “I have al­ways re­mem­bered my grand­mother as an an­gel, some­thing that might ex­plain my pow­er­ful long­ing for the south.”

Ac­cord­ing to the de­signer, Has­san Fathy,the renowned ar­chi­tect was in fact the first to in­tro­duce her to the ex­otic re­gion dur­ing her years at univer­sity. His pas­sion for tra­di­tional Nu­bian ar­chi­tec­ture and his elab­o­rate the­o­ries on how it could be utilised in mod­ern cos­mopoli­tan ar­chi­tec­ture ig­nited Fahmy’s in­ter­est. For years af­ter,she would still re­mem­ber his analy­ses of lo­cal tra­di­tions, colours and domes that dec­o­rate each corner.

“Nu­bia is full of women, who are true artists, cre­atives, and ad­vo­cates of beauty. I have al­ways loved the sketches, hand painted with pre­ci­sion on the ma­jor­ity of houses. The pri­mary flock of ducks walk­ing through vast green­ery, as well as al­li­ga­tors, geo­met­ric mo­tifs and lions among oth­ers,” elab­o­rated Fahmy re­gard­ing what cap­tures her in­ter­est in the ex­cep­tional city.

Nev­er­the­less, it was not un­til the de­signer came across a col­lec­tion of turquoise stones dur­ing a trip to In­dia, that she de­cided to turn her favourite des­ti­na­tion into a jew­ellery state­ment. Sourced from the Ti­bet, the big stones cap­ture the essence of Lake Nasser while si­mul­ta­ne­ously us­ing gold and sil­ver to cap­ture the Nu­bian city.

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