My collection began with the feeling of frustration and anger at the recent events in Beirut. My parent’s birth city and one I have spent most summers in, was going through an unprecendented and challenging time. Yet this is not new; Beirut is known as the ‘urban phoenix’, with legend stating it has been rebuilt from its ashes seven times in its five-thousand year history. Its people’s resilience in the face of adversity is what prompted me to design a hopeful collection, one that embraces scars, nods to the past but looks to the future. Photo credits: Left - The August 2020 Beirut Blast:Political Pen. Top Right - Beirut seen through a bullet hole from the 1975-190 civil war:The Guardian. Bottom right

A selection of research images: Left: a fragment of the shroud in which Emperor Charlemagne was buried in 814AD. Source: Res.Archaelogicae Right Top: Phoenician earring. Source: British Museum Right Bottom: Phoenician beads with granulation. Source: Lang Antiques The Phoenicians were the manufacturers of Tyrian purple, a dye derived from the native murex snail. Throughout history, the colour has been highly sought after by the wealthiest in society, cementing the Tyrian purple’s place in the world of royalty. I reimagined the colour purple and the ancient granulation technique, seen in the examples to the right, in my ‘Like The Phoenix...’ collection.

These are some of my earlier design sketches. I like to imagine many outcomes before selecting a few that are realised into physical pieces.

Collection design renderings. Before I manufacture my chosen designs, I render them using gouache and promarkers to see how the designs could look once completed.