AMAL RAFIE is a Bahraini fashion/jewelry designer and artist. Through her work she strives to channel the spirit of the ancient, while using elements of her heritage and ancestry. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design at the Royal University for Women, and followed that with a course in Art Direction for Fashion at Central Saint Martins, London. Fascinated by the forgotten heritage of craftsmanship,
Amal Rafie widened her creative path by pursuing jewelry making in her travels to London, where she learned silversmith techniques from professional jewelers. She also works with precious metal clay, a relatively new medium, to create many of her designs.
Amal Rafie established her own line in 2020; where she designs and creates every piece by hand in her home studio.
Her inspiration comes from visiting the myths, poems, legends, and cultural art that surround her.
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EXHIBITIONS & MARKETS
2023 - The Innov-Art Show pop-up, London, UK
2023 - East Market Milano, Italy
2023 - Al Frieh Art Gallery, Bahrain
2022 - Expo 2020 Dubai, Bahrain's pavilion: Dilmun Cabinet of Curiosities, UAE
2021 - Food is Culture 6, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Bahrain
2020 - Safer Spaces Virtual Art Exhibition, The Art Space, Bahrain
2019 - Moda Mist Fashion Show, Royal University for Women, Bahrain
2019 - Bahrain Design Week Fashion Show, Bahrain
"I’ve always had a deep fascination to the ancient. Even before I understood the equation of why they are so powerful, there was a magnetic pull that drew me to past history and civilizations. The energy stored in them, the symbolism and sacredness behind every creation of that time is a reflection of everything they have been through and witnessed that has infused them with a wealth of life.
With the rapidly quickening fast pace of this day and age, it seems that there is barely enough time for the basics of living, let alone the more hidden aspects that make life truly vibrant. Self exploration & the honouring of history and Nature. Cultivating a connection to all conciousness and realizing our true paths and purpose. Each of us is a unique and powerful creature, with our own complex root system, history, mythology & dreams. Society today seems designed to ignore this. We are trained from an early age to purchase our lifestyles and to shape our reality from the media. To seek acceptance by others, & to identify ourselves by what we consume mindlessly rather than of what we create.
This is incredibly disempowering and pretty much destroys all the natural magic each of us is born with. The environment that surrounds us is like a mirror of our inner workings - for better or for worse. It’s a powerful first step to start investing conscious energy into our external worlds. To make our daily spaces, adornments and tools beautiful and intentional.
My creations are probably the most intimate external representation of the inner self. It helps us to bring forth, or even realize sleeping aspects of our soul.
I’m working at actualizing the inner spirit, in a tangible form, that we can embody and experience in our physical and everyday lives.
clothes, jewelry and art to guide, adorn, protect & illuminate.
It is my mission to create mystical, wearable art pieces."