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The collection “hearts, bugs and other creatures” is inspired not only from the work of Louise Bourgeois, but also from her style, the confessional art. Similarly to Louise, Dina is looking in her inner self for symbols that can sum up her memories and personal experiences and finally settled on the heart, the hand and the leaf. The items are made of traditional materials: silk, ceramic and metal, all presented in a contemporary context. These materials reflect bright and intense colors, reminiscent of the warm morning light of Beirut. The collection includes silk scarves, silk shirts and jewelry items. Dina’s collection is distinguished by its genuine naturalness, one that brings to mind the joyful and magical moments of our childhood.
About the Designer
Dina is based in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied at Istituto Europeo Di Design - Madrid and graduated in 2010. Her collections are produced in Italy.
Ever since she was small, she was in love with drawing. The things she enjoyed most as a little kid were buying colors pencils, papers, scissors and collecting stickers, which she still keeps in her drawer till now.
She grew up in Jeddah, where she would spend most of her warm weekdays swimming in the red sea. She later moved to Lebanon to live on the coast, under the sunny days of the Mediterranean sea. There she started studying towards a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. After graduation, she worked for design agencies, and found genuine interest in projects that involved illustration.
Curious to explore the possibilities of applying a drawing to different surfaces, she decided to pursue a master’s degree in textile design and surfaces. She flew to her favorite city, Madrid, and spent one of the most inspirational years of her life, discovering passion in what she was doing, perfecting her Spanish and even finding love. She later worked for Bimba & Lola in front of the Atlantic ocean where she was drawing the scarves and designing accessories. She missed the warm Mediterranean sea and decided to come back to her homeland and start her own line of accessories. She finds great inspiration in her surroundings and her drawings are always colorful and warm, influenced by the presence of the sea and the sun.
Her first collection was released at the Starch boutique in Saifi in December 2011 consisting mainly of scarves, which she loves as objects that you tie around your neck and give you the feeling of warmth. Also the collection includes silk shirts and jewelry items.
You can follow Dina on her blog, where she publishes her drawings, shares her thoughts, and posts pictures of what she likes: de1000colores.wordpress.com
You can also check the website for constant updates: http://www.dinakhalife.com/