Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Amy's Minding Our Language in Designs; Idioms Are Preserved on Creations

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Amy's Minding Our Language in Designs; Idioms Are Preserved on Creations

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Byline: Tony Henderson

STUDENT Amy Zalin's homeware range is the last word in fun design.

Amy, 21, who is in her final year of a 3D Design course at Northumbria University, collected phrases and sayings to use on her products.

But although the language featured on her works is used in everyday English, the pieces are far from cliched.

And all the well-known sayings are tailored to the items she has designed.

Among the pieces in her collection are plates apparently designed for the overly greedy emblazoned with the word enough - using the saying "enough on my plate".

Both the optimistic and pessimistic are catered for in glassware, with glasses printed with the words "full" and "empty".

And the tea cups seem more suitable for those who are not so keen on the ubiquitous English drink - the phrase "not my" (as in not my cup of tea) is featured on them.

The phrase signature dish is illustrated by the words "sign here" on dishes, while one of the country's favourite old jokes is celebrated by the phrase "who's there" on a doorknocker.

Amy's collection also features a white canvas bag with the saying "don't let the cat out".

One of the 21-year-old's aims is to ensure that the sayings do not slip out of use.

Amy, of Heaton, Newcastle, said: "Language is a charming part of our culture and I want to encourage people to keep using the sayings.

"If they are not used regularly then their meaning can be completely forgotten." She has also used the saying "making a mountain out of a molehill" as the inspiration for a garden product range.

Instead of gardeners clearing molehills and killing moles, Amy has produced small steel models of trees, deer and hikers to turn the molehill into a hilly feature. Moss on paving can be enhanced by her figures of grazing animals, scarecrows and farm items. …

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