ALEXANDRA LLEWELLYN

Talk about a game-changer.

 

London-based artist Alexandra Llewellyn brings her creative genius and modern sensibility and applies it to the world's oldest board game, backgammon. The designer creates bespoke, handcrafted backgammon boards from luxe materials resulting in visually arresting, exquisitely rendered pieces that call to mind the sound and feel of the original Middle Eastern game.

Introduced as a child to backgammon in the alleys of Cairo by her Egyptian step-grandfather, Alexandra's appreciation for the game and the inherent beauty of the board grew over the years.

After training as a fine artist in Leeds and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Alexandra in 2007 returned to London to head product development for The Prince's School of Traditional Arts. Founded by the Prince of Wales, the school aims to preserve and teach traditional craftsmanship techniques. During this time, Alexandra's interest in traditional craft, contemporary art and cutting-edge technology flourished, leading her in 2010 to design backgammon boards. This incredibly traditional pastime was the perfect way for Alexandra to express her love of materials, with wooden designs featuring beautifully textured feathers, antlers, butterflies, palm trees and vintage nude images.

Alexandra lives and works in London, England.

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