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Hmiddouche - Jeweller - Glasgow, Glasgow City, UK

Laila Hmiddouche

Glasgow, Glasgow City, UK




Leather Project | ONE.

'One' forms the basis of my concept, the idea of blending two separate materials to create a whole.
Combining a naturally occurring material such as leather with a man made material such as perspex, with the intent of fusing traditional materials with that of modern day. My piece explores the boundaries of these materials. I am interested in the relationship between the two and how through adding an element as simple as heat, it allows you to manipulate the original structure of the material to create new forms.
I knew I wanted to merge the raw edges of the leather with the smooth finish of the perspex, resulting in an contrasting yet complimentary relationship.
For this I decided on earrings, I wanted to create something rather dramatic, something not generally associated with the materials and techniques I was using. The traditional "hardware" connotations of the materials juxtaposes with the elegance and decoration aspect of earrings. I chose a simplistic shape that would allow the materials to coexisting harmoniously. Thus demonstrating the unification of the natural and the unnatural to become a single entity.

V&A Pearl Project | Trace of a touch

This project was in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert museum in London where we had to design a piece of jewellery to coincide with their pearl exhibition.

As a basis for my design, I sought inspiration from concealed and unexpected detailing found in menswear and men’s accessories. I was interested in role reversal, focusing on contemporary tradition, where pearls are presented for men to gift to woman and no longer as an accessory to wear themselves. I then proceeded to design with a man in mind, while maintaining a feminine element that would allow the piece to be worn as comfortably by woman. To aid this effect, I decided to use felt, for its soft and luxurious texture while for the structure of the piece I choose a masculine cut which gives the piece an androgynous and unisex feel. The pearls are sewn on the underside of the piece, creating a sensual experience, particularly when worn against naked skin. As the pearls are only revealed at certain angles, essentially this offers the wearer a personal and private experience with the piece thus emboding the unexpected essence I was striving for.

Qualifications & Certifications

BA (Hons) Jewellery Design

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design

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