Saipranathi
Suresh‍
Sreeram

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My name is Saipranathi Sreeram, and I am a maker creating objects within the worlds of Silversmithing and Jewellery. I grew up in Bengaluru, India, surrounded by objects of Craft. Jewellery was one of these, but my particular interest was developed later. For it is now a language, a way of expression. A ‘wearable’ object that voices what I can’t verbalise.Hailing from a former colony, my work which evolves in the UK, often challenges the notion of ‘post-colonialism’. I will graduate from the Glasgow School of Art in July, 2023. My graduate collection, Un-Paisley explores the colonial history and conquest being the ‘Paisley’ pattern as it’s titled in the West. I will be continuing to explore aspects of decolonisation for the foreseeable future.

The Un-Paisley is a series of objects revolving around the shape India calls the 'butta', Scotland the 'paisley', and I, like my mother, the 'mango'. This shape personifies the duality of the narratives within colonies and highlights the repercussions of colonialism in a so-called 'post-colonial' world. Through its popularity within craft and trade, as the Kashmiri shawl, the shape provided the first seeds of the industry before and through India as a colony. And, through its immoral journey to the West, rooted in imperialistic ideas of ownership within Scotland, the shape, appropriated as the 'paisley', was the touchstone of domestic industries, providing many people, especially women, with an opportunity at financial independence. At the same time, whilst the western-world seemed to benefit from this motif, in India, the native industries were decimated. Un-Paisley takes the forms of vessels and body adornments made from metal; it combines traditional metal-smithing techniques with those from textile crafts. This collection was developed while contemplating the idea of imperial ownership as I resonate with the shape’s immaterial sense of post-colonial narratives.

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Curriculum Vitae

Awards

Commended, GSA Sustainability Prize, June, 2023.
Shortlist, Contemporary Cutlery Design Competition, The Cutler’s Company, April, 2023.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Award, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards, 6th March, 2023.
Silver Award, Make Your Mark - 2D Design, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards, 6th March, 2023.
Shortlist, Contemporary Cutlery Design Competition, The Cutler’s Company, May,2021.

Exhibitions

Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards Exhibition, Goldsmith’s Centre, London, 2nd May, 2023.
Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards Exhibition, Birmingham Assay Office, 21st, 22nd and 28th March, 2023.
Glasgow School of Art, ‘GSA Delights - A Taste of Scotland’ Exhibition, Schmuck Infopoint, Munich 11th March, 2023.
Glasgow School of Art, ‘Touch’ Exhibition, 6th - 13th May, 2022.
Radical Jewellery Makeover (RJM), Scotland, Princes Square, Buchanan Street,Glasgow 26th - 29th March, 2022.
Glasgow School of Art, ‘Precious Encounters’ Exhibition, Alston & GordonStreet Coffee in Glasgow Central Station during COP26. 31st October - 12thNovember, 2021.
Glasgow School of Art, ‘Bus Stop Jewellery Conversations’ Exhibition, April,2021.

Features

Scott Street Magazine, April, 2023.
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau - Podcast, 5th August,2020.
Corona Punks and the Museum | National Museums Scotland Blog, 14th July, 2020.
Glasgow School of Art - Media Release - ‘Granulation Challenge’, 30th June,2020.
Glasgow Times - ‘Talented Glasgow art students make period fashion from pizzaand other materials’, 19th May, 2020.
Glasgow School of Art - Media Centre - ‘Ruff times - GSA students respond to famous Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I with their own lockdown ruffs’, 16th May, 2020.
Glasgow School of Art - Newsletter, 15th May, 2020.