Local Heroes have commissioned architect and designer Rekha Barry to design the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year Award for 2020. Based in Glasgow, Rekha, started ‘Rekha Maker’ during lockdown as a way to be playful with architectural ideas on a smaller scale. Local Heroes noticed her work via her instagram account @RekhaMaker. The design is based on a Triumphal Arch to celebrate the achievements of the nominated artists.
Speaking about the design Rekha Barry said:
“Being asked by Local Heroes created a brilliant challenge for me, as the intention was for it to have a dual purpose – both award and candle holder. I wanted to create something which was a celebration of the musician’s achievements, and felt great to hold but also was a functional piece of design anyone would be happy to have in the home.
Thinking about how an artist might feel when they’ve been shortlisted for The SAY award, I immediately thought of triumph. A triumphal arch is a great reference for me as it is a piece of architecture and a sculpture at the same time. I would like to think that my designs can also be found between these two things. Coming from an architectural background, my first point of reference is always buildings. I am influenced by the forms and proportions of classical architecture and creating modern interpretations of this.”
Every RekhaMaker piece is cast in eco-friendly Jesmonite by hand in Glasgow. Having enjoyed her work with Local Heroes, Rekha looks forward to exploring other opportunities for collaborations. She has launched a playful collection of candleholders and vessels cast with eco-friendly jesmonite which can be found on her website and in select retailers across the UK and Europe.