Posted on June 19, 2015 by Andrea Six
The Grand Bohemian Gallery will showcase Diana Fakhourys’s new collection of modern, geometric jewelry in Savannah. Join us in opening the “Modern Elegance” exhibit Friday, August 7 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., with a trunk show reception from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Grand Bohemian Gallery at the Mansion on Forysth Park in conjunction with the Art Rise Savannah’s First Friday Art March. The event will offer light hors d’oeuvres and is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on view through September 4.
The unique trunk show entitled “Modern Elegance,” features the artist’s latest collection of exquisite jewelry. Designing delicate, exotic jewelry that perfectly embodies her love of elaborate patterns, colors and sculpture, Diana works by combining gemstones with a unique hand-filigreed ornamentation design. Her newest collection was designed exclusively for The Grand Bohemian Gallery.
Diana grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and divides her time between Asheville and Seattle. Fakhoury moved to the United States with her family when she was six, having spent her childhood in Kuwait. Her mother is Palestinian-American painter and sculptor, Sahar Fakhoury.
Influences of her Middle Eastern heritage can be seen in her intricate ethnic designs reinterpreted, as well as in her delicate silver and gold wire-wrapping techniques. Diana studied engineering and design at North Carolina State University, graduating in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in art and design and a minor in industrial design and Middle Eastern studies.
“I feel I have equally inherited from both my parents,” stated Fakhoury, whose father is an engineer. “I studied electrical engineering, and two years into the program, I developed an interest in art and decided to change majors.”
Informally, she was mentored by the late Vadim Bora, internationally-renowned sculptor, painter, and jewelry artist, whose Asheville-based studio she would visit with her mother. She now works with some of his tools, gifted to her by his family. Fakhoury uses natural and authentic materials and metals, natural gemstones and freshwater pearls, sometimes Swarovski crystals. The color of the gemstone will determine what metal and other stones I choose to combine it with,” says Fakhoury. “The unique size and shape of a stone, combined with my love of geometry, influences my designs greatly. I will often shape my metal in a way that complements the stones I use.”