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Cup for Will Self
Date Made/Found: 2009
Presented through : North East Area of NADFAS , British
Material and Medium: Britannia silver and camphor wood and mixed media
Dimensions: Overall: 145 x 122 x 115mm (5 11/16 x 4 13/16 x 4 1/2in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2011.70
This is a design piece entitled ‘Cup for Will Self’ by Mala Ramsamooj. It was created as part of the ‘Designing for Clients’ bursary competition funded by the North East Area of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) and sponsored by the Sheffield Assay Office. The competition was open to second year students studying Silversmithing & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University. This cup was one of two winning entries in 2009. The ‘Designing for Clients’ competition asks students to design a suitable object for use by a real person, dead or alive. Will Self (b. 1961) is an English novelist, reviewer and columnist known for his satirical and grotesque stories. The designer, Mala Ramsamooj, explains the work: “This piece was inspired by Will Self and his love of miniature models and size distortion. The hand raised drinking vessel is based on a chawan bowl and symbolises Will Self's fascination with the tea drinking ritual. Beneath the vessel is a 'hidden world' which has been designed with Will Self in mind. The camping scene represents one of Self's pastimes and the miniature monkey is representative of my favourite Will Self book, ‘Great Apes’.” The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) is a leading Arts based educational charity. The aims of the Association are the promotion of the aesthetic education of the public, the appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts, and the giving of aid for the preservation of our artistic heritage for the benefit of the public. The Designing for Clients award showcases the talent of the present generation of Sheffield metalwork designers and demonstrates that innovation, creativity and excellence in design are still flourishing in Sheffield metalworking today.
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