Heritage Reborn

Maya Jean-Francois


Artist Statement: My design is influenced by the ancient Ethiopian Highland and Mauritanian designs of pyramid and rhomboid shapes. As an African American individual I wanted to incorporate my heritage in a post modern way, recreating African symbols within my own creation. I felt more connected to the culture because I was able to take the sacred pieces that were worn and put my own twist into it while still honoring the original designers. The jewelry worn was a big part of these African cultures so being able to use that passion for the jewelry in my work really motivated me and allowed me to strive to really capture the background of these people.

Materials: Sterling Silver Pendant, 10mm White Druzy Quartz, Hand patterned, hand built, bezel

Dimensions: 2.5 x 1 x .5 inches

Educational Institution: Delaware Valley High School


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