ALIZAI BILAL KHAN
Lahore based jewelry designer Alizai Bilal Khan born on 25th December 1993 in a small village of Dir, Lower Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Alizai Bilal Khan is creative ornamentalist, product photographer and entrepreneur. He completed his B-Des four years degree in Gems and Jewelry Design with distinction in his thesis collection “Legacy of Pashtun Jewelry” at Pakistan institute of Fashion and Design Lahore Pakistan in July 2015. He developed a number of innovative jewelry collections with precious metals and gemstones. His superb fineness and skillful craftsmanship, presented splendid and one of a kind handmade pieces. Alizai represented his ideas, to glow up the beauty of every special event. Most of his collections are nature inspired. Other than that, he also took interest in abstract and making metallic sculptures. He play with a number of gemstones and metal pieces during drawings to make his design creative, bold and alive. His sophisticated rings, classic brooches, amazing necklaces, creative pendants, lightweight bracelets, bold bangles are unique and timeless.
Let’s see what more he has to say about himself and his field
- When did you first discover that you wanted to be a jewelry designer?
Its strange, but I have never imagined myself as a jewelry designer, from a very young age however, I knew I wanted to go to Art School and always believed I would become a sculptor.
I came to Lahore when I was 17 as I had got a place at Pakistan institute of Fashion and Design Lahore Pakistan. so during my ‘Foundation Year’ I had my first experience of designing and making jewelry and I fell in love. It seemed to me the perfect combination of my love for sculpture and craftsmanship.
I started the brand ABK Jewelry and Rosettes almost immediately on leaving Pakistan institute of Fashion and Design Lahore Pakistan in 2015, it felt like the most natural thing to do. I wanted to create luxury fine jewelry made in Pakistan, but with a style edge that was relevant to my own taste.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
I’m nature inspired Designer. Most of my collections are nature inspired and Yes, I also took interest in abstract and making metallic sculptures. I work in a very narrative way when I design. The first thing I do is to develop a mood board. I build up motifs through visual research, usually inspired from anything that is exciting me at that moment. I constantly research through films, music, books, art, anything that surrounds me and that excites me really.
I envision working diminishing traditional techniques adhering to the traditions while introducing innovative and contemporary designs in the market. My aim is to preserve our heritage along with the skills and the stories attached to it while fostering its progress. I have involved the local craftsmen in order to utilize their skills and obtain contemporary designs using the traditional techniques. I identify some fine craftsmen as well as obtaining knowledge about the diminishing techniques used of the local market. I’ve build a creative community that works for the heritage and craftsmanship. I envision building a platform for the skilled craftsmen and other artists or designers, to showcase their work and utilize their talent.
- What is your favorite gem and material to work with?
I’ve explored numbers of techniques and materials for making jewelry collection, which can be useful for making light weight and fine jewelry. I do visit different cities to explore traditional techniques and to collect materials for the manufacturing. Our aim is to design jewelry collections according to the current trends. As Pakistan is one of the most gem rich countries in the world. So this year I visited various places to collect gemstones and our craftsmen experimented a number of pieces by using these gemstones. In present time we collect stones like Turquoise and Lapis lazuli from Namak Mandi Peshawer. I’ve also used uncut gemstone in my collections which is a fascinating factor for the people.
- What was the first jewelry piece you made?
It was a candle stand. I used basic techniques of jewelry making like sawing piercing and drilling. The material was brass sheet and later on we did gold plating on the surface to make it more splendid.
- The best bit about studying at PIFD?
Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design is one of the leading design school in Pakistan. Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design seeks to produce graduates who are able to combine design capability with manufacturing dexterity to create products that are functional and aesthetically appealing. PIFD endeavors to create a new generation of creative designers and highly skilled entrepreneurs to cater for the demand of the new millennium. I really enjoyed every day and every movement, learning, exploring and practicing new things.
- If you could see any woman/man wearing your design who would It be?
It is hard to decide as some of our pieces are definitely more popular with women and on the other hand we have some that are more popular with men. I’d say our client base is split about 60/40 roughly women to men. We try not to differentiate between the two in anyway. I have always believed that if you like a piece of jewelry then it is for you.
- Any message or a piece of advice that you want to give to upcoming designers?
I always appreciate and love to work with my juniors. I believe that if you work hard day in night you will meet your goals. My advice would be to focus and learn the basic skills and do good practice. One of the most important things that you can do is to get organized, give enough time to research and assignments. Many people stop loving what they do, and their work becomes almost mechanical. If you want to do good work you need to enjoy yourself. Passion is a huge part of creativity and creativity is at the heart of great design.
“ Do what you Love, love what you do”.