Suhayla Al Sheikh is a Cairo-based jewelry designer and visual artist born in Egypt and raised in Saudi Arabia. Growing up in a family that has an affinity for the arts, has helped her push the boundaries of jewelry design and to constantly experiment in its various directions.
Ever since the age of 5, Suhayla has had a strong passion for the arts. Having been raised by a mother who is a jewelry designer herself, and a father who is a photographer, has constantly helped nourish her artistic side and push it forth. When she was 18, her technically realistic paintings and drawings won her an artistic achievement award signed by President Barack Obama, which further fortified her love for art and pushed her to study Visual Arts at the American University in Cairo.
AN ARTISTIC REBIRTH
Suhayla’s artistic rebirth came when she was introduced to contemporary and conceptual modern-day art. She started creating conceptual and experimental works, which she would later adapted into her jewelry.
She found in this form of artistic expression a refuge from all that is draining in the everyday life. For her, it is power to resonate, to inspire, to educate, to heal, to conceptualize and to express without having to use too many words.
She explored conceptual works through paintings, drawings, manual photography, and modern-day photography, until summer 2015. During the break between her third and forth university years, she accompanied her mother on a trip to her stone store. It was that day and that very trip, which gave birth to the idea of incorporating concepts and experiments into jewelry. Then, in summer 2016 she launched “Sandbox” and her first collection, “Rising from the Ruins”.
Through her jewelry, she aims to share the raw essence of conceptual art with the world, positioning her creations as empowering works of wearable art, based on experiments, and research-based concepts.