The ‘Elements Contained’ collection is designer Ami Doshi Shah’s first formal collection. Her previous work has drawn from a single or multiple source of inspiration and ‘snowballed’ into work with correlations in either material or technique. As such, Ami approached this collection slightly differently, wanting to create a body of work that is cohesive and connected to a single concept.
Ami has always had a great affinity to minerals. As a child, she used to go out and collect “fossils and stones”. This continued into adulthood with a fascination “in the way minerals look, the way they shine, the way they are cut and the way they are formed”. In this collection, Ami focused on presenting minerals in their raw and untouched form.
The ‘containment’ drew on from this, as Ami was very interested in creating a structure that could hold an unusual natural beauty, “from ebony to a crystal geode to black tourmaline to leather”. Ami gave further consideration to how the structure sits or is contained against the body. She is intent on ensuring that while the element is worn within a piece of jewellery, it is presented in a way that preserves its raw natural beauty.
Ami was reluctant to name her favourite piece from this collection but she admitted that she was quite drawn to this ‘Moving Mountains Bangle’. The element in this bangle is black tourmaline, mined in Kenya, set in brass tube.
Sketch by Ami Doshi Shah.