BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing student, Nadia Tahar, has designed the new Scottish Women’s Rugby Player of the Year trophy for Friends of Scottish Rugby (FoSR). The award was presented to the winner, Rachel McLachlan, on 21 March 2019 in London during the organisation's AGM.

All third-year Jewellery & Silversmithing students at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) were given the chance to present their design proposals to the FoSR committee in September 2018. The committee were impressed by all of the designs and found it difficult to choose the winning proposal.

The Friends of Scottish Rugby bring together people who have an interest in supporting Scottish rugby and maintaining it in the first ranks of international rugby football. David MacKay, President of FoSR, was part of the panel, “The presentations, the personality of the students and the work they presented was staggering. We were thrilled that day."

Student commissioned to design new trophy for Scottish Women's Rugby Player of the Year
Edinburgh College of Art

“The high quality and dynamic proposals presented by the students made the job of judging very hard for the panel. I watched them agonise and deliberate for quite a few hours.”

Jennifer Gray, Programme Director of Jewellery and Silversmithing

Nadia presented two designs, inspired by the organisation's passion and commitment to rugby. "I was really happy to be told that my design was picked and that I would be the one making the trophy. It was such an honourable moment and one that I will never forget."

"At first, I presented two designs. I had two different ideas and I could not make my mind up on the one I preferred. Not to have any regrets, I decided to present both. The FoSR rugby committee really liked them and asked me to present a new design which would incorporate both ideas, the body of the player and a thistle.”

Nadia Tahar, Jewellery and Silversmithing, Trophy Design
Nadia Tahar
Trophy Design by Nadia Tahar
Nadia Tahar, Jewellery and Silversmithing, Trophy Design
Edinburgh College of Art
Nadia Tahar using the department's laser welder

The trophy, made from Sterling silver, was based on the movement of a player kicking a ball which for Nadia combined passion, strength and feminity. The body was filled with rugby balls which developed into the leaves that form a thistle, the flower of Scotland. "It is a metaphor - the players being the pride of Scotland whose hard work and devotion lead Scotland forward," said Nadia.

“The design had to go through some alterations to make it visually and technically successful. I had incredible support from ECA's staff who helped me find effective ways to improve my design and communicate my ideas professionally. I was also mentored by a master silversmith, Professor Roger Millar, who helped me with the technical side.”

“This project has taught me so many things. Not only about design, technicality and pitching but also how to work with a client. Most importantly, it taught me about myself."


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