Pair of Cuffs: Contemporary Moresque - Heidi Minshall

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Artist Statement

Heidi Minshall

At a time of conflict and violence in the Middle East and North Africa, I have found myself returning to traditional Islamic designs, which have continued to inspire artists, designers and craftspeople across different eras and cultures.

These cuffs are inspired by a motif from a mosaic dado in the Hall of the Ambassadors at the Alhambra Palace. The Victorian tastemaker Owen Jones introduced design motifs from the Muslim world to a British public through his drawings and designs, now part of the V&A collection.

I produced this design following a class project on laser cutting and have redeveloped it this year, using thicker acrylic to improve resilience. The translucence of the acrylic allows a play of light through the geometry of the design; the shades of blue are taken from traditional Moroccan zelige tilework; and a matte finish gives a subtle glow.

Pair of Cuffs: Contemporary Moresque - Heidi Minshall

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

Original drawing for 'The Grammar of Ornament'

Drawing

England

1856

Owen Jones

V&A collection reference number(s):
1612

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