August ‘14
Insight Interview

August ‘14
Nina Bakry's
Nina Bakry's


Nina Bakry's ethnic designs translate to the true meaning of beauty and charm. Each piece she creates foresees the taste of a true talent, for this young art-maker has taken the jewelry world by storm with her big dreams, unique designs, and contemporary creations.

First of all, what can you tell us about yourself? And when did your journey as a designer begin?

I've always been drawn to jewelry since I was a little girl. Although I studied Mass Communication and not design, I would often visit jewelry making workshops in Khan El Khalili to learn different jewelry making skills. It was not until I had my son that I decided to start exploring my first ever-artistic passion, jewelry design. So, I enrolled in the Azza Fahmy Design Studio workshop where I learned more intricate jewelry making techniques.

Why do you refer to your creations as 'Body Jewelry'?

My work is mainly about enhancing the body as a whole; that is how I consider my designs different, I want the piece to not just stand out, but to also make the person wearing it seem interesting, like they have a story to tell, and seem different from the rest. One statement piece worn anywhere on the body can say so much about a person.

Your pieces seem to have a contemporary feel that borrows from the past, what is your design aesthetic?

I am inspired by anything and everything. I draw inspiration from the world around me; it doesn't have to be something so obvious; it could be a moment or a feeling. I also love exploring the aesthetic of various cultures. I am intrigued by the visual representation of cultures throughout history. That is why my pieces have an ethnic flair.

In your opinion, what one piece of accessory should every woman own?

Every woman should own a single piece of jewelry that stirs an emotion within her. The first time I lay my eyes on a piece of jewelry, I have to feel something. If I don't, I move on to look at other pieces.

Who do you wish to see wearing your designs?

Anyone inspired or moved by my creations. Anyone who sees something special in them, or who feels an immediate connection with one of my pieces.

What one piece that you created is the closest to your heart, and why?

My favorite piece was a flower brooch that I made out of plastic spoons, it was an assignment given to us at the Azza Fahmy Design Studio. I loved that I repurposed something mundane to make something beautiful out of it.

What do you think of the jewelry design industry in Egypt today?

There are so many talented jewelry makers and skilled designers in Egypt today exploring their world through their art. I love seeing more and more jewelry designers express their talents by creating their own pieces. I would love to see more and more Egyptian designers thriving in regional and international markets and making us, Egyptians, proud!

What advice can you give our fashionistas this summer?

Summer or winter: Be yourself. Only you can be you, so celebrate it.

Are you pleased with what you've accomplished so far?

I am very proud yes, but I'm hungry for more! So I will always keep pushing myself, pushing my creative boundaries, and exposing myself to new experiences to expand my design scope.

How do you prepare for a new collection?

I don't have a specific ritual. When inspiration hits me my hands work. I am generally always researching and exploring cultural themes, whether I am preparing to design something or not. So there's always a bank of ideas in my head.

What are your upcoming projects?

Something very exciting inshallah! You'll have to wait and see.

Favorite summer destination'¦ Santorini

By Rania Ihab