Jordan, On My Mind

 

“There is a need for handmade elements and a need to focus on crafts, especially in a non-industrial country like Jordan, where we can stand out by our heritage”.

OWWS550owwNRIO17 copyNHH10.

Jordanian designer and humanitarian Lama Hourani has been creating since 2000. Her pieces are designed as a delicate balance of emotion and contemporary design. Lama travels as a source of inspiration and uses elements of each journey as the main seeds of inspiration for each collection. However, as you can see throughout her body of work, she maintains a distinct Jordanian flavor, purposefully reminiscent of her country’s cultural and physical landscape, and typography. Her work can be seen as subtly flavorful. Natural textures and references to architecture float through her artistry. What is particularly interesting is the very subtle marriage of her Jordanian design style with her various geographical inspiration points: Japan, Rio, Central America and various plots throughout the globe’s design influence can be distinctly seen in each collection. The calligraphy seen on her jewelry is not actually script; it is a style that she has created and individualized herself!

ERIO06Rotating sphere ring silver

As a result of her artistic work’s humanitarian efforts, Lama was named a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum in 2012. All of the packaging for Lama’s pieces are produced from recycled materials by the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature in line with Human Rights laws.  Additionally, Lama steadfastly maintains her workshop in Jordan, employing Jordanians with disabilities and outsourcing to underprivileged women. The artisans she employs with fair wage and labor rights regulations in her workshop have a reach that extends to support over twenty families in Amman, Jordan.

ehh01ERIO02

“Behind each jewelry piece there is a story that extends from the very beginning of the inspiration process where there is a spot in the world that triggered that particular design…”

 Flutter Masterpiece square

BTLB04Sphere CL Purple

All images Courtesy of Lama Hourani.

Advertisements

6 Comments on Jordan, On My Mind

  1. What I find intriguing about Lama’s work, is the adaptation of her own Calligraphy style. It reinforces the sense of individuality that is precent in the pieces. It makes it personal and the addition of the calligraphy on some of the pieces provides an opportunity to stitch the history of the collection together, similar to lost relics, found in archaeological digs. Modern ancient pieces found in a future time.

  2. Wow! Love those designs!

  3. Even though her designs are internationally influenced, the material and finish retain a Jordanian quality and aesthetic. Her designs look like a perfect marriage between found materials, stones, and ornate engravings. They are simple and beautiful!

What do you think? Leave a comment :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: