Jewellery Artist & Sculpture – Social Entrepreneur & Educator – Product Designer
Azza Al Qubaisi is a self-represented Emirati Artist living and working in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Educated in London, she studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design (Diploma of Foundation Studies), continued to obtain her B.A in London Guildhall University (Silversmithing, Jewellery Design and Allied Crafts) and is a certified HRD diamond grader. Al Qubaisi is currently pursuing an M.A in cultural and creative industries in HCT-CERT Abu Dhabi.
After her graduation Al Qubaisi paved the way as the First Jewellery Artist, Corporate Gift and Awards Designer in the UAE. She founded two governmental projects to support and develop handcrafts and established the first platform to showcase local crafts and design in Abu Dhabi “Made in UAE”. She is the winner of several awards including the British Council 2011 YCE Award. Having lectured at Zayed University in 2012, Al Qubaisi has also been invited to speak at events such as Dunyana during the World Energy Forum Dubai 2012, ADVETI Al Ain & Al Gharbia, Riwaq Al Fiqr during Abu Dhabi Festival and Akoun Program by ADCED.
Her artworks have been shown in solo and group exhibitions, public shows and festivals around the UAE. She was the first artist to exhibit in DIFC in 2005. Al Qubaisi has represented the UAE in solo exhibitions “A 1001 steps Festival” in Helsinki, Finland (2004) and “Language of the Desert” in Abu Dhabi. She has also shown in Doha, Bahrain, Morocco (Asilah), Cairo, London and Brussels. Her jewellery was included in “500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry: 2007” by Lark Books, and republished in “Lark Studio Series: Earrings : 2011”.
Azza Al Qubaisi’s most recent initiative “ART Junction” in collaboration HCT Fujairah to support young creative Emiratis will capture the unique elements of the culture and environment by using materials from Fujairah, The exhibition in different public spaces will allow the public to interact with the work in 2013.
“The dessert dunes, the shapes, patterns, texture and color of the grains of sand highlighted by a few green strokes…There is movement in the far distance coming closer every minute until I can see my own reflection in the eyes of the wise man walking in front of a caravan...
I imagine scenes like every time my skin touches the sand. I seek to know how my ancestors felt, lived and traveled between their oases and islands, to understand how they balanced their needs to sustain life. This is what feeds my inspiration. My work varies from small wearable pieces to large sculpture; each series representing different elements related to the environment, my culture and the world around me.
I usually start by writing what I feel and from that my sketches flow allowing me to explore lines, shapes and spaces. Through experimenting with different materials that reflect my ideas, my final work incorporates ancient and modern techniques enhancing the meaning and depth of the piece. These elements are evident in my full scale works with palm tree branches - a material that was the core fabric of Emirati life only five decades ago.”