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Kenyan Jeweller Who’s a Big Deal, JACKSON BIKO - 4 months ago, 14 Mar 22:05

Jackson Biko

At Ami Doshi Shah’s studio in Nairobi there are many sharp objects — hammers, pliers, pins, saws and wires — things that whirr and cut. A gas cylinder sits ominously under a table. Then there are books on jewellery and metalsmiths, African art and her talismanic pieces of jewellery hanging from the wall.

Ami studied jewellery and silversmith at Birmingham School of Jewellery in the UK and she is a recipient of the prestigious Goldsmith Award (Best Apprentice Trainee Designer UK). In 2013, she started her design label called "I am I", a brilliant wordplay of her first Ami.

She is just back from the UK where she was the only Kenyan jeweller to showcase her work at the London Fashion Week. She makes her jewellery from off cuts and remnants from the mining industry. She, adorned in an apron, talked to JACKSON BIKO about what it means to work with your ...
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