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Jewelry as Ornament, Jewelry as Art

Friday, December 09, 2022

Event Coverage

The Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature at LUMS organized one final exhibition to bid an artistic adieu to the year 2022. Directed by Dr. Nadhra Shahbaz Khan, and was curated by guest curator Shah Abdullah Alamee. Jewelry as Ornament, Jewelry as Art showcased the work of graphic and jewelry designer Muhammad Umar (trained at the National College of Arts, with a Master’s in Contemporary Art for Educators from the University of Sydney).


The Gurmani Centre has brought several art exhibitions to LUMS over the past few years, using the Academic Block corridor as display space. This gambit ensures each passerby’s engagement with the exhibits. This was the first time that a jewelry exhibition was displayed in this open public space. A micro-installation detailing tools from the artist’s collection and a video describing the progression of his work were part of the showcase. These demonstrative elements invited curiosity and offered a hands-on tactile experience, inviting the audience to participate in the creative process. More than 90 people applied for the workshop, of which 30 were invited to participate in this eclectic artistic stimulation. Working with a foot of wire, they were asked to participate. Each attendee imagined and designed a simple, wearable trinket inspired by an object as simple as the mundane paper clip. The results were refreshingly innovative and combined amateur artistry with an inimitably singular individual aesthetic. This exercise successfully generated a deeper appreciation of the both the craft and the artist’s endeavor.



The Gurmani Centre has brought several art exhibitions to LUMS over the past few years, using the Academic Block corridor as display space. This gambit ensures each passerby’s engagement with the exhibits. This was the first time that a jewelry exhibition was displayed in this open public space. A micro-installation detailing tools from the artist’s collection and a video describing the progression of his work were part of the showcase. These demonstrative elements invited curiosity and offered a hands-on tactile experience, inviting the audience to participate in the creative process. More than 90 people applied for the workshop, of which 30 were invited to participate in this eclectic artistic stimulation. Working with a foot of wire, they were asked to participate. Each attendee imagined and designed a simple, wearable trinket inspired by an object as simple as the mundane paper clip. The results were refreshingly innovative and combined amateur artistry with an inimitably singular individual aesthetic. This exercise successfully generated a deeper appreciation of the both the craft and the artist’s endeavor.



The Gurmani Centre has brought several art exhibitions to LUMS over the past few years, using the Academic Block corridor as display space. This gambit ensures each passerby’s engagement with the exhibits. This was the first time that a jewelry exhibition was displayed in this open public space. A micro-installation detailing tools from the artist’s collection and a video describing the progression of his work were part of the showcase. These demonstrative elements invited curiosity and offered a hands-on tactile experience, inviting the audience to participate in the creative process. More than 90 people applied for the workshop, of which 30 were invited to participate in this eclectic artistic stimulation. Working with a foot of wire, they were asked to participate. Each attendee imagined and designed a simple, wearable trinket inspired by an object as simple as the mundane paper clip. The results were refreshingly innovative and combined amateur artistry with an inimitably singular individual aesthetic. This exercise successfully generated a deeper appreciation of the both the craft and the artist’s endeavor.


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