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Memories Hawra Abdulla Al Shawab Research methods of Art & Design (ART221-501)


Biography •  Hawra Abdulla Al Shawab, born in the UAE, Dubai in 1994. a graphic design student that is graduating in 2015 with a bachelor degree from Zayed University, Dubai. Studying graphic design, and chose this as a major because of the hobby of playing with pictures, editing them, and seeing what different things can be done with pictures and technology. Not a person who used to draw since she chose art as a major, and never thought she could draw until entering the major. Life can teach you a lot as long as you are willing to learn and gain much knowledge as much as possible and not give up.


History •  Al Sayegh family is one of the first families who worked as goldsmiths in the UAE and specifically in Dubai. One of the great grandfather’s is the first to bring Indian goldsmiths into Dubai. He also had a gold shop in the Old Souq in Dubai. A picture of him is also found in one of the books that are published about Dubai’s history. There is as well a statue of him while he is in his shop in Dubai’s Museum.


Necklace •  Description: - A necklace that is shaped horizontally as an oval. Its border is made of gold and the middle part is made of a precious stone known as the Agate stone. Engraved on the stone, some religious sentences with Arabic calligraphy.


Research •  The Agate is known by many forms, as there is no gemstone that is known to be the most creatively colored by nature than the Agate stone. “Each individual Agate forms by filling a cavity in host rock”.     Red Agate (energy: projective, element: fire) Also known by many as the “Blood Agate”  

Black Agate (energy: projective, element: fire) A protective stone, wear for courage and successful competitions.  

Creamy Yellow Agate (energy: receptive, element: sun) Helps to lighten moods when used properly within a spell.  


•  Questions -  -  -  -  - 

From who did you get it? What was the reason? How old is it? Who made it? What is the story behind it?

•  Answers:

- This necklace was made by my grandfather who was a gold smith. It originally belonged to my mother, as it was her wedding gift from her father. The necklace is 56 years old. My mother gave me this necklace when I was really sick, considering that the necklace was made of precious stone with some religious engravings. This stone is also known to maintain the regularity of the heartbeats. Since then I always wear it.  

 


Bracelet •  Description: - A gold bracelet with some lines across the edges and small circles in the middle and in between are some wholes. It is supposed to be a circle but considering how old it is it has become quirky. It also have some marks from the inside that shows how old it is.


•  Questions:    

 

  - Who is it from?  - What was the reason?  - How old is it?  - What is the story behind it?  

•  Answers: - When I was in the seventh grade, I traveled to India with my family. There I got really sick and got Hepatitis, as I entered in to a coma for 19 days. I reached a point where the doctors said that I would no longer live, but thanks to God I recovered. When I was back from India my grandmother made me a bracelet as a gift, which is almost 34 years old.        


Dress •  Description: 

- A short colorful dress, where yellow is the dominant color with some embroidery with the colors red, blue, green, and white. Along the sides of the dress are purple, pink, white, and green embroidery lines. The dress also has some parts that are worn out and some threads that came out of the dress.


•  Research:    

  - The Omani women’s customs vary from one region to another yet they are all very colorful. The custom’s main components are the dress, which is worn on top of the trousers (Sirwal) and the headdress, which is called the (Lihaf). - There are many different styles of the Omani traditional customs that you can see in Muscat. Yet, there are three main types of customs that show vibrant colors, embroidery, and ornaments.


•  Questions:

 

- How did you get it?  - When did you get it?  - How old is it?  - What is the story behind it?  

•  Answers:    

   - When I was in school, we had the international day celebration. Our class represented Oman, so I had to wear the Omani custom. A family friend ordered me the traditional custom from Oman, which I still have as reminiscence. The dress is almost 30 years old.  


Epilogue •  Before I thought that as objects become older they become less important. Now and after this project I learned that the importance of the object does not depend on how old or new the object is but on the stories and memories that the objects carry through time and the lives and centuries this object go through and experience. If every person would value the things they had, people would consume less and would save and use things they already had.


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