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This series of necklaces is based around the conversations I had with a cousin residing in Egypt. The imagery that has been laser-engraved onto the leather are from photographs he sent me of Alexandria. Our initial e-mails are below.

 

Marina Shaltout <marina.n.shaltout@gmail.com> Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 1:01 PM

To: islamloren@yahoo.com

Hello Islam,

السلام اليكم

This is Marina Shaltout, your cousin in the United States. I talked to Ehab recently and he gave me your email and phone number and Asra's email and phone number also. I would really like to get to know you and speak to you more. After my grandmother Nagat passed away I feel like I need to get closer to relatives and learn more about my family in Egypt. I would love to meet you and Asra one day and hopefully visit Egypt because I have never been. I would love to learn more about the country and about my family. I hope you are doing well and I hope to hear from you soon.

Love,

Marina

مع السلام

 

Islam Loren <islamloren@yahoo.com> Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 8:41 AM

To: marina.n.shaltout@gmail.com

Dear marina

How are you going ? I am happy to hear from you. Me too I hope to know you more . I was love your grandmother like my mother , I can't forget her

 I spend good time with her

I am happy coz you are from my family

I hope hear from you soon to you more about you and i hope to send your photos .

Sam Loren

كتب

 

Marina Shaltout <marina.n.shaltout@gmail.com> Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 9:28 AM

To: Islam Loren <islamloren@yahoo.com>

Islam,

I'm so glad to hear from you! I would like to call you soon but I am trying to find a way to make it cheaper because long distance is so expensive. I want to know more about you and your life. Are you living in Alexandria? My father has showed me pictures from his childhood and it looks so beautiful. My aunt Mona and I want to take a trip to Egypt sometime in the next year or two. I would love to see pictures if you have them.

I can send you photos of New Mexico, where I am living now. The desert here reminds me of Egypt even though I have never been. I moved here in August to study art at the university and I love it so much. I grew up in Illinois (near Chicago) and I was glad to get away from the cold weather.

I'm so glad to hear from you and I look forward to talking to you more!

I hope you have a great weekend.

Love,

Marina

 

Islam Loren <islamloren@yahoo.com> Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM

To: "marina.n.shaltout" <marina.n.shaltout@gmail.com>

Dear Marina

How are you doing today ? I am glad to hear from you. I send to you photos the Alexandria City . That's my city , have a nice weather all the year. I hope someday to visit This City . I tolk with my family about you , my family sand Salam to you. We can talk at whatsapp if you have .

I hope hear soon from you

Islam Loren

 

Marina Shaltout <marina.n.shaltout@gmail.com> Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 7:13 PM

To: Islam Loren <islamloren@yahoo.com>

Islam,

Thank you for sending photos! Did you take some of those pictures? Alexandria looks just as beautiful as my father described. I have WhatsApp, my phone number is (xxx) xxx-xxxx so you can add me. Is yours +x xxx-xxx-xxxx? That is the number that Ehab gave me. Tell your family I say Salam! I would love to meet them someday. Did they know my father and my aunt and uncles? They left at a young age but maybe they remember each other.

Peace be upon you, cousin.

Love,

Marina

 

To: "marina.n.shaltout" <marina.n.shaltout@gmail.com>

Dear Marina

You are welcome . How are you doing today ? Of course Alexandria it's so Beautiful , you will like it. Sorry i try use whatsApp but not working , we can talk at < Line > if you have . My number is. +xxxxxxxxxxxx . You can add me in Line or viber . I know your father & your uncles and your aunt , I remember your father when he was at Egypt and your aunt mona .

I Hope to sand your photo for know you more .

Sam Loren