Congratulations to Sakeena Abbas Al Rumaithi for winning the ADMAF (Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation) Art of Nature competition – with the support of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chair of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD). This was Sakeena’s final year capstone project that took her over 5 months to prepare.
‘Wear to be aware’ are jewelry pieces that I created stimulated by the origami art of folding paper figures to represent the top endangered animals globally. Origami has a goal to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. My final piece represents a finished sculpture of the endangered animal. The fragility of paper yet casted into a precious metal shaped into a form of an animal that may disappear and become extinct of not looked after.
The seven animals that I have chosen are Lion, Gazelle, Penguin, Elephant, Bear, Turtle and Flamingo.
These creatures, however strong or weak, need the environment in which they are created, there are many factors that affect these organisms from the threat of extinction. The penguin fur traders are used in the manufacture of clothes and bags and coats and some use the fat of the penguin in the make-up industry such as lipstick. Poachers also steal their eggs and kill adults for their oil, and oil spills that pollute their environment and kill thousands of penguins.