The Queue: Zahra Almajidi
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What are your favorite tools in your tool kit, and how do you use them?
My favorite, most versatile, and most frequently used jewelry-making tools are my jeweler’s saw (for cutting material) and a set of needle files (for cleaning and shaping material). Also, a recently purchased favorite is my powder-coating gun. It’s made powder coating hundreds of things super easy and efficient.
If you could have work from any contemporary jeweler or metalsmith for your home or studio, whose would it be and why?
I’d love to own anything made by Kim Cridler. Her combination of welded steel and other materials to depict natural forms is both striking and inspiring. I’ve been a huge fan of her work since 2015, and each piece she produces is more stunning than the last.
Which craft artists, exhibitions, or projects do you think the world should know about, and why?
I think more people should know about the Radical Jewelry Makeover project run by Susie Ganch and Kathleen Kennedy. I admire how the project raises awareness about the environmental impacts of the metalsmithing and costume jewelry industry and invites makers to create work (re)using existing materials and jewelry.
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