- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
A few months ago, family generously gifted me a stunning necklace and pendant by Melbourne-based jewellery designer Afsoon Roshan. The minute I saw the green box with “Lua” embossed in gold serifed font, my heart skipped a beat. I’ve worn the piece ever since.
I love a good behind-the-scenes so I was delighted when Afsoon shared a little bit more about the process, the creativity, and the inspiration that goes into her craft. Before we get to that, here is a small gallery of her work:
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I now proudly call Melbourne, Australia, my home, but my journey here commenced at the age of 11 when I bid farewell to my hometown of Isfahan. From my earliest memories, I’ve been captivated by the allure of fashion and design. Following my heart, I pursued my passion to further my education by enrolling at a fashion institution.
Over the past two decades of my journey, I’ve been fortunate to work and collaborate with talented designers and fashion brands, both here in Australia and internationally.
As I’ve travelled this remarkable path, I’ve developed a profound appreciation for the extraordinary capacity of jewellery to convey profound meaning. It possesses a singular ability to symbolize deeply held beliefs, encapsulate the richness of life’s experiences.
Could you please tell us a little about your jewellery?
I’m inspired to create jewellery that is defined by the timeless element of spirituality. In my view, spirituality is a constant and ever-relevant aspect of life. I believe it transcends trends and fashions, making it eternally meaningful. With my jewellery, I aspire to ignite self-reflection and provide people with a platform to engage in conversations about what holds personal significance to them. Ultimately, the desire to facilitate meaningful discussions and foster a deeper connection to spirituality is what drives my creative process.
What fuels your creative journey?
It’s a personal journey that’s always been a part of me. My passion for fashion, art, and design has been a constant in my life. I’m fascinated by the world’s natural beauty, from the way colours harmonize to its inherent charm. For me, creativity is a means of accentuating worlds beauty.
I find great joy from the interplay of structured elements and subtle details, constantly exploring the balance and contrast they bring. As I’ve explored different avenues over time, my love for crafting jewellery has grown stronger.
Why is creativity and artistic expression important to you? Or important to the world?
Creativity and artistic expression mean the world to me, both on a personal level and in the broader context of our shared humanity. As someone deeply appreciative of visual aesthetics, the act of curating inspiring and imaginative pieces holds a special place in my heart. It’s in these creative endeavors that I find a sense of belonging and purpose.
Looking at the bigger picture, I firmly believe that creativity and artistic expression are not just important but essential for our world. They possess the remarkable power to bridge the gaps between cultures, convey intricate concepts, and evoke emotions that transcend boundaries. Artistic expression functions as a universal language capable of nurturing mutual understanding, igniting change, and uniting people from diverse backgrounds.
What words of advice do you have for other Baha’is who would like to make jewellery?
Love, focus, and passion are key. Embrace the process wholeheartedly and immerse yourself in the craft. Above all, find joy in every step of the journey.
Thank you so much, Afsoon, for sharing this with us!
You can find all of Afsoon’s Baha’i-inspired jewellery designs available online.
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