Students celebrate winning Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture Arthur Silver Prize 2014

This Is Local London: Award winners Joseph Farrow and Paresha Amin Award winners Joseph Farrow and Paresha Amin

A fine artist and jewellery student have received design awards in honour of their achievements.

Middlesex University artist Paresha Amin and jewellery and accessories student Joseph Farrow have been jointly awarded a Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) Arthur Silver Prize 2014 for their collections.

The Middlesex University students split the £1,000 prize - Paresha for her geometrically accurate life-sized nature prints, and Joseph for his heat tempered jewellery.

Inspired by the museum's Japanese katagami stencil prints, Paresha creates life-sized nature prints using unwanted plants including weeds and leaves. As a mathematician, she organises the prints into geometric patterns.

Paresha said: “I draw parallels with the overlooked and undervalued plant matter and the difficulties my family and other immigrants encountered.”

Joseph created his jewellery collection looking at identity, using a heat tempering technique he made sure that no piece in his collection was the same and categorised it using an archival system inspired by MoDA.

Speaking about winning the award he said: “For me this feels great. I would like to put the money towards getting studio space, and I’d like to set up my own business.”

The Arthur Silver Award is held annually for second and final year Middlesex University Art, Design and Media undergraduate students that best demonstrate that their work has been inspired by the Colindale based museum’s collections.

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