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Banafsheh Hemati's brickwork jewelry wins at International Art and Design Competition

Source: Tavoos Art Magazine

Inspired by the tiled-worked minaret of Damghan Tarikhaneh Mosque which dates back to the Sassanid era (7000 years ago), Banafsheh Hemamti's necklace has won the 3rd place award in the jewelry section of Italy's 2017 International Art and Design Competition.

Banafsheh Hemamti's Brickwork necklace

Focusing on "Traditional Costume of Your Country- expressed in any form of art" this years International Art and Design Competition was held in the various art-fields of: Jewelry Making, Jewelry Design, Shoe Design, Bag Design, Bag Making, Furniture Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Painting & Drawing.

Founded in 1983 by Maestro Raymond Riachi as a small studio, Academia Riaci soon flourished and and its students body have represented over 15 countries world wide, pursuing their art in the fields of Design, Crafts, Fine Arts, Language Arts, Art History, and most recently Italian Culinary Arts.

According to the website of International Art and Design, this year's competition had no first price winners among the professional participants. Winners of the second and third places like Ms. Hemmati can attend Master course at Academia Riaci with total or partial exemption from the tuition fee.

About Banafsheh Hemmati

Banafsheh Hemmati holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Azad University, Tehran. During her graduate and post-graduate studies, she worked in several fields, including teaching, interior design, visual arts, and product design. She spent four years (2000-2004) as an instructor for graduate industrial design courses in the Faculty of Arts and Architecture.

Banafsheh Hemmati

Although she still spends part of her time on interior design projects, most of her time has been dedicated to jewelry design since 2008. From 1998 to 2003, her works were featured in six private viewings and shows. In 2013, the late Houshang Seyhoun, interested in Banafsheh's works that were inspired by traditional Persian architecture, invited her for a solo exhibition in his gallery, Seyhoun Art Gallery LA. This exhibition's success caused her to mount another show ("Distance") that year in Vali Gallery in Tehran, followed by another show ("Fluctuations") in 2014. Banafsheh works in her private studio in Tehran.

When asked about her work she replied: "I like to use Islamic motifs and elements of traditional Persian architecture elements in my pieces - not just as decorative elements - the doors and windows [seen in Persian traditional architecture] are like entrances, taking all the distances away; perhaps the distance between yesterday and today, or the distances between appearances and essences; or even the distances between separated people. After bringing human figures into my abstract works, I started thinking about creating bigger works, like sculptures. I think that will perhaps help me to create a closer bound between jewelry design, which has decorative and practical uses, and sculpture, which is basically thought of as a work of art. I like to put more emphasis on the artistic aspects of my works; an aspect emerging from my ideas and not from the market taste. For me, art begins at the level of ideas."

When asked about Banafsheh's work, Dr. Behnam Kamrani, artist and instructor at the University of Arts, Tehran, who collaborated with her on "Always" project, replied: "Banafsheh Hemmati's jewelry express visual elements of the past using new interpretations of form and build. Elements taken from motifs and patterns seen in the golden age of Islamic art and architecture go along a contemporary view into jewelry, metallic forms and precious stones. In her more recent works, elements from figurative art come along traditional motifs and bring about a dialectic. She has analyzed readings based on the potentials of succession, pattern, scale and fixation, seen in historical works, and consciously uses design to refresh or reshape them. Her final visual product is an object having the elegance of the classics and the fluidity of the contemporary world. These jewels recreate the complex shapes of architectural elements and motifs and thus give insight into a world in which order and disorder have come to an equilibrium."

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