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SA Contemporary Jewellery Awards Exhibition 2018: Runner-up Mariam Bibi Khan

For her piece Interlacing Identities, Mariam Bibi Khan chose to investigate gendered and feminine identities and its associations to metallic and lace inspired jewellery. Her inspiration is derived from the hydrangea in both its live and skeletal decayed form. This represented a complex contrast and translation of form, shape and function. She has incorporated textile technique of bobbin lace in jewellery. This allowed her to construct metallic lace pieces which embody bobbin lace in contemporary jewellery practices. She also found that although a more geometric structure of the lace is used, it draws attention to feminine and gendered stereotypes associated with design processes. Her related research provides a description of the use of alternative material of lace and lace jewellery, and explores the associated gendered assumptions. This is illustrated in the delicate lines, floral patterns, and soft, organic design motifs which are considered to be more accepted for the adornment of women. However, her main focus was to analyse whether the material and context used played an important role in feminine inspired designs of lace jewellery.

UJ Jewellery
Title: Bobbin Lace: Interlacing Identities
Jeweller: Mariam Bibi Khan
Materials: Fine Silver, Sterling Silver & Gold Plating
Technique: Bobbin Lace

     Khan was recently appointed jewellery lecturer in Metal Art and Design in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Stellenbosch.
     In 2015, she graduated with a BA Honours in Jewellery Design and Manufacture from the University of Johannesburg (Cum Laude). She has comprehensive knowledge of Jewellery Design and manufacturing skills, obtained from working in the industry with Elegance Jewellers, among others.

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