TEXTILE JEWELLERYby Blog Editor, Selvedge
Yasmine Dabbous's eclectic textile jewellery could almost be mistaken for precious antiques artefacts. Made by hand using a combination of textile techniques to weave, crochet, wrap and plait threads, fibres and fabric, she creates jewellery that is bold yet delicate and intimately intertwined with colour and texture.
A visual culture artist and researcher from Beirut, Lebanon, Yasmine is also the founder of Kinship Stories, a line of tribal art necklaces revolving around values, stories and craftsmanship. Through Kinship Stories she brings together vintage and antique textiles, silver, and beads to create new pieces of jewellery that fuse and celebrate the culture of the Middle East. Collecting as she travels, and using hand–embroidery and beading techniques, she turns her finds into necklaces. Each piece is part of the rich and tumultuous narrative of the region. They echo the markets Dabbous visits, the travels she has undertaken and the precious fabrics she has found on her journeys. Kinship Stories pieces are visible emblems of a region like no other.
We’re thrilled that Yasmine will be running a workshop on textile jewellery as part of our 2022 creative online workshop programme. Beginning with an introduction to the medium, participants will then create a collage paradigm, exploring materials, stories, and the importance of mixing materials and techniques to make textile jewellery.
Yasmine will provide an overview of textile jewellery mediums (embroidery, weaving, beaded embroidery, crochet and knitting) as well as guiding participants through the process of design, and the role of fabrics, colour and texture.The second session of the workshop will focus on practical exercises and culminate in making your own piece of textile jewellery to treasure.
Textile Jewellery with Yasmine Dabbous will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 27 February.
View some of Yasmine's textile jewellery pieces on her Selvedge World Fair 2021 artisan site.
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