Ami Doshi Shah is a trained jewellery and silversmith, having gained a BA in Jewellery and Silver smithing from the Birmingham School of Art & Design in the UK in 2001.
She is the recipient of the The Goldsmiths’ Award for Best Design (Apprentice trainee) in 2001. Upon graduating, she completed jewellery apprenticeship program mes in Mumbai and Jaipur, India.
In 2013, Shah established the eponymous design label, I AM I, which marked her return to the design world after a 12-year hiatus, during which she worked with multinational advertising agencies in Nairobi and London. Shah’s love for Kenya and its human and natural beauty is a constant source of inspiration for her creative endeavors.
She sources materials locally and uses her technical training to work with the elements in unexpected ways, bringing her artistic sensibilities to her label. Speaking about the pulls of her heritage with Daily Nation Kenya the designer said: “As a Kenyan of Indian origin, I am quite heavily influenced by both cultures. Kenya, when it comes to the scale of adornment and India when it comes to the detailing.”