Nor-Gha: Jewelry inspired by Norwegian filigree and Ghanaian Sankofa symbol
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Cultural symbols from Norway and Ghana used in this project as a tool for jewelry design. The use of these symbols creates long lasting product that can contribute to cultural sustainability. The symbol selected from Ghana is Sankofa which literally means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot” and the filigree tradition from Norway which uses a principle that the elements used must be divisible by three or four form the base of the final design. A previous research led in my masters revealed there are similarities in some motifs from Ghana and Norway. Hence the research question, “How can cultural symbols be used to redesign a new product fit for the future generation of a globalized society”? Data was gathered through publications, interviews, studio practice and archival works. Longevity, materiality and aesthetical values were explored during the development of this jewelry. Application of aesthetical element such as forms, material combination, proportion and texture was used. These elements were repeated, and the two materials used were balanced to create harmony. The jewelry design expresses unity between the older generation and the younger generation and contribute to sustainable values in both countries. The project concluded with a collection of jewelry that has links with both cultures.
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