Panel: ACCESSORIES: THE NEXT BIG THING
Thursday, 22 October, 2015
18:00 - Hall 4
Beirut-born and Dubai-dwelling, Nadine Kanso represents the bi-coastal reality of many Arabs today – a reality that forms her work as both a photographer and Jewelry designer.
In 2006, Nadine created her Jewelry line, a complementary offshoot to her exploration of Arab identity, ‘Bil Arabi’, taking inspiration from the Arabic alphabet to craft rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings. Using 18-carat gold and embellished with an array of precious and semi-precious stones the Bil Arabi series (which is a literal translation of ‘In Arabic’), the collection is akin to bling bling with a Middle Eastern edge. Since then, Nadine has further developed her work on both fronts with a continued exploration of contemporary Arab identity with various photography exhibitions in Dubai and abroad and the expansion of Bil Arabi across the region and internationally, including Design Miami 2008 where she showcased her Jewelry as part of the Al Sabah Art and Design Gallery. Nadine has also seen her work sold at various auctions including Christie’s Dubai, with a specially commissioned piece during their Jewels and Watches: The Dubai Sale in April 2010.