Nousheen Leila Saboonpaz

Jewellery Designer-Maker

Questioning what we perceive as precious, and elevating the beauty found in nature.

Exploring contrasts of textures, clashing the natural with the man-made and preserving found natural items which would otherwise be lost.

Seeking out the overlooked, foraging and finding treasures. Encasing and entrapping a fragment of the natural process of decay. Capturing pieces of nature which have fulfilled their purposes.

Exposing stronger pieces, for the wearer to enjoy their tactility. Capturing heavily decayed and fragile pieces in glass. Preserving seasonal fungi in a metal casing, allowing their beauty not to be lost.

Suggesting the pieces’ fragile states, and the notion of their extinction.

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  • 24th
  • November
  • 2011
I have been delving through some old sketchpads, and found these block printed images on fabrics. Really like the textures they’ve picked up, and the quality of the line.

I have been delving through some old sketchpads, and found these block printed images on fabrics. Really like the textures they’ve picked up, and the quality of the line.

  • 22nd
  • November
  • 2011
Ribbons of the Sea.
I’m having far too much fun drawing this seawead! I am going to screen print the drawing onto silks and papers, and create brooches. 

Ribbons of the Sea.

I’m having far too much fun drawing this seawead! I am going to screen print the drawing onto silks and papers, and create brooches. 

Day 2 Project : Ribbons of the Sea.

I am going to use these beautiful seaweeds as a starting point for my project. I found them when I was on holiday in Criccieth, Wales. They have such unusual, thread like qualities, I think they’ll be perfect for the brief.

Clothes Show Live, Birmingham, 4th and 5th December

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what I want to do at the Clothes Show… I think I want to split the two days, and do a different project on each. So here is my plan as it stands at the moment-

Day 1- Upcycled. I want to use this day to create pieces using offcuts from the clothes show. Using perspex containers I will create a series of brooches and necklaces, which I will get the public involved in making. 


Day 2 -   Exploring an artists relationship with fabric. Transforming my pen-drawings of threads of found sea-weeds, into prints for fabrics, exploring the qualities and textures I can create using silks and inks, and capturing these fabric swatches in an oxidised metal casing to be worn. 

Over the two days I will also be doing some small-scale screen printing, and experimenting with a print-making process which involves drawing directly onto the screens.

My collection in “A Few Fine Things” Exhibition, at Broadstone Gallery, Stockport.

  • 13th
  • November
  • 2011

Clothes Show Live, Birmingham

I have been invited to take part in “Occupy the Clothes show”, with the Craftspace Collective, responding to the theme of consumers being socially responsible 

I will be creating two ranges of work, on Sunday 4th December and Monday 5th December.

Really excited for exploring a new route in my practice. I have worked with fabrics and screen-printing in the past, and thoroughly enjoyed the processes. (And making a huge mess)

More info will be at: http://www.craftspace.co.uk

I’ll keep you updated…..

  • 11th
  • November
  • 2011

Broadstone Mill Gallery

Hello Hello! 

My collection is showing in “A Few Fine Things” at Broadstone Mill gallery, Houldsworth Village, Stockport.
Along with Hannah Schofield (http://hannah-s-designs.tumblr.com/), Kirsty Pearson (http://www.kirstypearson.blogspot.com/) and Sean Ramsden (http://www.seanramsden.blogspot.com/)

Very excited about the exhibition, and showing alongside my metal friends from Manchester School of Art :)

  • 27th
  • September
  • 2011
I started my residency at Upton High at the start of the month, absolutely loving it! This is my space so far, shall be putting up a tone of my sketchpad work soon. The students have been great so far, some slightly cautious as to who I am, but the majority have been really friendly, and interested in learning about contemporary craft and metalwork.

I started my residency at Upton High at the start of the month, absolutely loving it! This is my space so far, shall be putting up a tone of my sketchpad work soon. The students have been great so far, some slightly cautious as to who I am, but the majority have been really friendly, and interested in learning about contemporary craft and metalwork.

58 Needles

I created this piece using handmade gold plated needles, and inserted them into a tree on the grounds. Taking inspiration from fungus’s and growths I have found, and my interest in questioning what’s perceived as precious.

(I braved a ladder)

Craftspace Collective - Interventions

I recently took part in a project with the Craftspace Collective, Creating a intervention in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral. We were set a four hour live brief, in which I created two installations on the beautiful trees in the grounds. Had a fantastic day, and it was great to meet the collective, and the other artists taking part.

(I was a little optimistic with my outfit for the day. I spent the three hour train journey home, with very soggy feet)

Please do have a look at the collectives website, they’re doing some fantastic things with the community!
http://www.craftspace.co.uk/


  • 16th
  • July
  • 2011

My little greenhouse workshop is helping me out. The glass panels on the roof have started to grow, lovely crusty green growths. I’d love to grow my own. They have only grown where the glass panels overlap, and around the metal clasps. So I assume its something to do with the moisture getting into the gaps, and partly drying out, and then getting wet again, and again, for a good few years.