2018 Morocco Jewellery Tour
Accommodation is provided in the most comfortable traditional guesthouses, where we will enjoy the extraordinary delights of Amazigh food, hospitality, traditional arts and music. Some days will involve guided tours, interesting drives through spectacular landscape or time to relax, while other days will devote more time to exploring a variety of jewellery techniques and styles that abound in Morocco.These include enameling, niello, filigree and casting, in combination with semi precious stones, leather, wood and textiles. The ‘marriage’ of recycled fragments and coins handed down over generations into new pieces of body decoration often carry cultural and spiritual significance and meaning.
Participants will be able to explore the workshops and souks, antique and contemporary jewellery artisans and traders, as well as metal workers who use a range of associated techniques such as piercing, folding, engraving and embossing to create decorative and functional household items. Superb historic collections including the Tiskiwin Museum, Yves Saint Laurent’s collection at the Musée Berbére and private collections will reveal the rich traditions in jewellery trade and production.
Our guest artists will share their skills and expertise in developing design concepts inspired by the natural landscape and Amazigh art and culture, in simple workshops that will allow you to gather ideas and resources for your own work. Walks in the Atlas Mountains and oasis valleys together with the exploration of rich artisanal traditions will inform drawings for jewellery design with the aim to create one wearable piece en route. This individual design will incorporate a form to be cast in silver at a unique workshop in the Sahara, where we will work with Amazigh (Berber) craftsmen using a traditional charcoal pit fire.
Traveling with like-minded people and an experienced team of co-hosts including Australian artist Rita Lazauskas and professional Amazigh Guide Abdenabi Imelouane, the program offers an innovative and creative way to explore a new place that is stimulating, supportive and safe.