Tableware represents the story of an individual living between different cultures, with a fragmented experience of Kuwait, as well as wider experience of the world. The series combines a sense of nostalgia, play, and critical probing of the meaning of culture.
The items gain potency from personal stories, but have also transformed in intent through the fabricators hands and the relationships built during their production. They are Kuwaiti through their social significance, and the multinational group of craftsmen that made them in Kuwait. They are an exposition of the vitality of story telling and word of mouth communication in Arabic craft and culture.
Tasaht Al-Kar’ah (Prayer Candle Holder) | The form references a bowl with Islamic prayers on the inside, used to wash before prayer and when bathing. Although the shape is abstracted it still has a strong but subliminal recollection of its origins promoting the same sense of sacred awe and nostalgia with familiar observers.
Dawama (Spin Top) | Emblazoned on the former notes of Kuwait are children occupied in playing historic games. These games brought together the community as an innocent and unprovocative occupation, and still live on in our stories. One of these games is the Dawama. The Dawama communicates the multinational nature of Kuwaiti culture, as a trade route, where a game that had a Kuwaiti adaptation was not necessarily designed in Kuwait but instead imported from other countries and gained significance through storytelling.
Baloo’aa Coaster (Manhole Coaster) | In countries around the world manhole covers have been used as sculptural reliefs within an urban environment, and have been customised as subtle emblems of local taste. In Kuwait the abstracted pattern pictured in this coaster is quite common and has become an unnoticed part of our vernacular. Despite some of the manhole covers being fabricated in Kuwait and others being fabricated abroad, and imported, they are primarily variations of the same pattern. Upon being called to attention a local of Kuwait will recall a nostalgic familiarity with the pattern.
Tafayah (Ashtray) | Growing up in a conservative Islamic society in Kuwait aspects of culture that contradicted an innocent and Islamic portrayal were censored. Despite this antique and ornate ashtrays made of glass and metal were scattered all around islamic houses and used for food waste. They were beacons of this dichotomy. For children raised within Western culture the Tafayah references the moral chasm between millennials upbringing and that of older generations in Kuwait.