Jewellery sculptress Maryam Keyhani has always had a penchant for recreating history. Next summer she looks to the portrait paintings of 18th century French artist Ingres. Inspired by his paint techniques, which worked to make the textures and costumes of his subjects lifelike, Keyhani has pushed the use of silk and tulle into a structural, heavy form. Every necklace, named after the subjects of Ingres paintings, sits somewhat like a painting around the neck.
Using hundreds of layers of silk organza and tulle to sculpt each piece, Keyhani replaces the floating feel of the fabric with structure. Gold plated and rose gold chain brings a harder edge to each design.
Painstakingly crafted by hand, each design takes up to nine hours to complete. Custom dyed silks and leather backed metals are all handcrafted and cut to specifications. Designed with a fashion warrior woman in mind, Keyhani describes each piece as “ beautiful amours. One can feel strong, confident and protected.”
Author > Retna Wooller