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Naz Smyth:Hijab Gets Haute

Veils have always been a symbol of feminine beauty. Throughout history, in many cultures, veils have been incorporated in traditional clothing. As far back as the Byzantine Empire, women had used some kind of headscarf into their fashion. From the farthest east to the farthest west, veils have been worn as headdresses for all types of occasions. From wedding dresses to dance costumes, and from casual wear to formal, the image of fabric headdresses are no strangers to fashion. However, because of recent history, countries that forcibly make women wear headscarves, and radical Islam, the veil has gotten a bad rap. People tended to see the veil as a violation of women’s human rights, and a way to control them. Countries with Sharia law require [...]

April 12th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |

Naz Smyth:Competition-four CrystalJellies by TaliaYstudio to be won

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with TaliaYstudio and glassware company Lobmeyr to offer readers the chance to win one of four crystal pendants that double up as analogue photo filters. Congratulations to the winners! Angie Aitchison from Scotland, Sofia Ioannidi from Greece, Adam Nathalie from France and Balla Dora from Hungary. TaliaYStudio, founded by Vienna-based designer Talia Radford, produces interactive designs that propose lighthearted ways to use technology to promote physical and social interaction. CrystalJellies is the newest addition to the existing JellySeries jewellery collection, and has been developed through a collaboration with Vienna glassware company Lobmeyr. Each of the four pieces within the CrystalJellies range were inspired by chandelier pendants, and have been cut using different advanced glass-cutting techniques to create different kaleidoscopic effects. The necklaces were launched as part of [...]

Naz Smyth:Eleftheria Stamati evokes architectural forms with The Mechanics of Black jewellery

Black jewellery collection of Greek artist Eleftheria Stamati's metal necklace pendants resemble outlines of three-dimensional Tetris blocks. Stamati's Black jewellery, named The Mechanics of Black, features different flat shapes formed using thin pieces of metal. The lines are carefully arranged so their angles and varying thicknesses create the illusion of a 3D drawing showing a simple architectural volume. Stamati played with perspective, vanishing points and mathematical geometry to produce the designs. The shapes include cuboids, a cube and various L-shapes, similar to the 2D polyomino blocks – geometric shapes composed of squares connected edge to edge – used in the Tetris puzzle video game. reference: dezeen

Naz Smyth:Ron Arad shows new jewellery collections at London exhibition

The Ron Arad Rocks new jewellery collections! exhibition at the Louisa Guinness Gallery in London brings together old and new work from the Israeli designer, including his latest range of jewellery made from jagged pieces of silicone (+ slideshow). Perfectly Coiled pendant from the Naja collection The Rocks collection is made from slabs of silicone that have been hand-carved by Arad, and feature sections of patterned silk embedded inside. Earrings are made from single pieces, while necklaces feature several sections suspended alongside one another. Free Hand pendant from the Naja collection London-based designer's Naja series of pendants was also created for the exhibition. The necklaces are made from circular pieces of quartz that function as magnifying glasses, and are wrapped in bands of gold [...]

Naz Smyth:Katrin Olina combines digital and bronze-age techniques to create Primitiva jewellery

Icelandic designer Katrin Olina has crafted a range of jewellery that looks like gothic talismans but is designed and produced using both old and new techniques (+slideshow). Based on the serpentine curve described as "the line of beauty" by artist William Hogarth in 1753, the Primitiva series was designed digitally, 3D printed in wax and then cast in bronze. "The S-curve is a universal motif found throughout nature and human history," Olina told Dezeen. "I was inspired by Hogarth's curve and created my own 3D version of it." "My curve has two spheres on each extremity," she added. "The simple and yet complex basic shape allowed me to create this diversified language of shapes." Olina created 40 variations of this curve using parametric design software for [...]

April 5th, 2017|Categories: blog, jewellery design|Tags: , , |

Naz Smyth:Lucie Majerus makes “pearl” jewellery from her own teeth

Eindhoven graduate Lucie Majerus's Human Ivory jewellery collection is made from her own extracted wisdom teeth. Intended as an alternative to materials harvested from other animals, such as elephants, the collection includes earrings, cuff links, brooches and rings. A tie pin features a single "pearl" of ivory, while earrings are made of several stacked on top of one another. "Human Ivory proposes an egalitarian jewelry collection, where the body is being adorned by its own gem, polished from recognizable teeth into an abstract but familiar pearl shape," said Majerus. "By the careful transformation of smoothening of the tooth, the possible disgust associated with a human tooth evolves into attraction and beauty." Majerus saved her own wisdom teeth after extraction and cleaned them with bleach before shaping them with [...]

Naz Smyth:Woman’s Role in Society

I am convinced that women are very important for our society, because I believe all humans are just the same. Gender is just about the way we look. All the people have the same rights and all the people can learn the same skills or do the same things and so on. There is no superior or inferior person. We are all the same, so to consider that women are not as good as men is very wrong. We are all humans, so we all have the same role in the society and it’s up to us to do our job. Women can not be inferior just because they’re not men. They can do whatever a man can do. If they can control their actions, [...]

March 17th, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , , |

Naz Smyth: Women in Society

Women are important in our society. Every woman has her own job or duty in this modern society in which men are still the 'stronger gender'. The role of women in society has been greatly overseen in the last few decades but now it is coming to a more positive perspective. In the early days women were seen only as wives who were intended to cook, clean, and take care of the kids. They were not allowed to vote while men took care of having jobs and paying any bills that had to be paid. Until the second half of the 20th century, women in most societies were denied some of the legal and political rights according to men. Although women in much of the [...]

March 17th, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|

Naz Smyth: 13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography

Today while sorting through some old boxes I found a photo album filled with the first ever photos that I took as a young budding photographer. I was around nine years old when I first started using our family’s film point and shoot camera and I still remember my Dad’s ‘training’ on how to use it. Basically it consisted of this advice: ‘Don’t take too many shots’ Remember, this was back in the day of film photography where film and processing costs made my Dad’s advice pretty sound. However looking back over my early images I wish he’d taught me a few other things about taking photos. Here’s some of the advice I could have benefited from hearing. Note – before I start I should [...]

March 17th, 2017|Categories: blog, photography|

Naz Smyth: History of Photography

Photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. How was photography invented? It was commercially introduced in 1839, a date generally accepted as the birth year of practical photography. The metal-based daguerreotype process soon had some competition from the paper-based calotype negative and salt print processes invented by William Henry Fox Talbot. When was the first picture taken? The First Photograph, or more specifically, the earliest known surviving photograph made in a camera, was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. The image depicts the view from an upstairs window at Niépce's estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy [...]

March 14th, 2017|Categories: blog, photography|