Meet Mahtab. Political Jeweller and member of WorkShop London.
How do you describe your work?
“My work is based upon communication through inanimate objects at its genesis. Jewellery is the ultimate expressionism in terms of non-verbal communication of an opinion, be that about yourself or what you would like others to understand about the issues you care about. I am a political jeweller using art to add meaning and messaging to the beauty of design and making.”
How did you become interested in Jewellery?
“Jewellery has been a fascination as an artform and an object of many facets to me since my childhood. I distinctly remember ‘borrowing’ my mother’s jewellery and asking her why she wore certain pieces at different times. I guess this is where I started to form the process of thinking about what jewellery can evolve into, rather than being a method of expression of wealth, beauty and occasion.”
Where do you draw your inspiration?
“Given my Middle Eastern background, and my Western life, I am able to benefit from the crossover and cross-pollination of ideas, ideals, views and cultural expressions. We are global people today: What happens in one part of the world no longer nullifies our views, but rather we express solidarity and empathy with people we are never likely to meet.”
What do you like about being part of WorkShop?
“WorkShop has a family atmosphere, warm and friendly. It is where barriers are broken down and commonality is treated as a unique aspect of everyone.”
To learn more about Mahtab and her work click here.