Amanda Assad Mounser is a New York based jewellery designer who worked in the fashion industry in New York for Moschino and Alejandro Ingelmo before she launched her premiere collection, Assad Mounser in 2009.
Amanda’s inspiration is predominantly influenced by the gods of the Glam Rock Movement. The latest collection, coined Neo Conquistador, follows a phoenix rising from the ashes of a catastrophic wave of destruction, creating a new world from the rubble.
Many pieces take on the appearance of an explosion, with shooting rods of metal juxtaposed against cracked rocks and glittering gems, meant to represent glass fragments. Others signify religious themes and are ornamented with crucifix pendants and charms. The conquistador searches for relics from the cultures destroyed, finding primitive carved wooden and glass tribal beads, claw drops, and sharp silver cones significant of spearheads. Finally, all the relics are combined into new and modern pieces meant to represent a new day of promise and awakening.
Her collections are also inspired by the richly hued and liquid art work of Yago Hortal, the haunting landscapes by photographer, Guy Sargent, the photo realistic paintings of raw edged rocks by Carly Waito, and the textures and hues of Haitian ritual costumes as shot by Phyllis Galembo.