This is our “meet a vendor’ series with a difference. Our Founding Members as those that have been with ARTE since the beginning. September 2005, ten years ago, ARTE started with about 30 vendors, of which at least 10 are still continuing to grace us with their presence and their amazing handmade arts & crafts regularly at the various markets.
Meet Founding Member Nayla Jreige with her accessories collection Bo Bijou.
A UAE resident for 28 years, Nayla draws inspiration for her jewelry from her Lebanese/ Canadian cultural heritage. Using only genuine high grade material, like semi precious stones, gold , silver, treated brass and copper plated with gold or silver, Nayla uses craft tools and her own hands to create these gorgeous accessories. “I go for the best solution using the finest products that I can afford”.
Her style and materials have changed since her start at the ARTE markets 10 years ago, an exploration and study which shows her determination and her love for her craft. Nayla’s first pieces were from pearl silver and semi precious stones “but now I am more into Arabic calligraphy, combined with metal and stones”. Her materials are sourced mainly in the UAE but also collects stones/ jewels when she travels.
Nayla says “I enjoy making a jewel , for me it’s therapeutic when I touch stones , it’s my best pastime”.
Her advice to fellow artisans is just to add love to what you do. Nayla particularly appreciates when she sells a message from her Arabic collection and it really “hits the purpose”. She usually remembers her customers and is delighted when she spots them wearing her jewelry all the time.
Living by the motto “The big art is our life”, Nayla loves travelling and also has a organic catering business in Dubai. She fondly remembers her previous partner in the jewelry making, Nibal Khoury, saying “we had the most memorable times together , we shared work, laughter, care , jokes, songs”. Nibal unfortunately relocated from Dubai 4 years ago.
Not sure what the future holds, Nayla is for now, enjoying what she is doing and hope to keep on doing it!
Meet this sparkly personality at ARTE. Celebrate our 1oth birthday with our Founding Members and all our other regular and new vendors at Times Square Center, September 11th, 12 – 7pm.