I can’t wait till Saturday. Here’s why. By Saturday, there’ll be no need for the relentless hype over the Royal Wedding. It’ll be over, we’ll have the photos answering all of our questions, we can ooh and aah over the dress and all the resplendent details, and collectively move on.
Because right now, Patrice has had it up to here (see what I did there?) with Royal Wedding everything.
And I’m not the only one! Behold, the Sorry…But mug, made by Camila Prada.
She’s a super talented ceramics designer who lives and works in the UK. She makes these cute and functional figurines, and the Sorry But mug is her first foray into satirical pop culture ceramics.
And she’s adorable and has incredible hair, as you can see!
And before she lived in the UK she lived and grew up in Canada and Spain, and before that she was born and raised in Trinidad, where her amazing mother was my primary school principal and Spanish teacher. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of playing with Camila when my parents would visit hers.
It’s so awesome to see what we’ve both grown up to become!
I asked Camila about the inspiration of the Sorry…But mug — and first things first, please know this wasn’t borne out of resentment against the monarchy or anything like that per se.
From her site:
“The mug says: SORRY BUT… to the media, not the Royal couple themselves. To wish someone ill on their Wedding day would be a bit mean and not my style or intention.
There is also the less apparent irony of the manufacturing situation. If you’ve read this far, you probably know there are huge quantities of commemorative ware being sold right now. Ironically, the bulk of the official ware for the Royal Wedding is not being made in the UK, as there are so few factories left to handle the expected volume. Think of how many jobs would have been generated if a collection of UK companies were to be appointed?
As an entrepreneur and ceramic aficionado the survival of industry is close to my heart. It is also my lively hood. My biggest desire is to design and make beautiful, ethically made products in the UK. That’s why 10% of the selling price from each mug will go to the charity WE LOVE STOKE.”
And in a personal message to me, she explained further:
“No lengthy business model, no outside investment, no paid advertising (just me tweeting the hell out of it) and it took off. If you have ideas you can make things happen with very little money. That’s my message.
A mug is a mundane object, but this one has a huge relateability factor, it’s stands for something some people are actually feeling right now. And it differenciates you from the majority and the fanfare going on all around you, and that in itself makes you feel kind of cool. I made for me first and thought other people would like it too.
The mug goes against the grain, it stands for something, not everybody will get it, but that’s why it exists in the first place. It’s a light-hearted protest against all the hoopla.
I am not criticizing the Monarchy. The mug says “sorry but” to the constant stream of inescapable news (when you turn on the TV, shop for your groceries – cheap horribly designed products everywhere, get on the internet) telling us how tall the cake is going to be, and how you can now get a commemorative Royal Wedding toilet seat cover. “Oh yeah, great, thanks! I really wanted one of those”. ”
AGREED! I wish Wills and Kate all the best, but there is definitely media and product overkill as this clip by CNN’s Jeannie Moos illustrates all too well.
I don’t plan to wake up early on Friday for any other reason than to get ready to head to Atlanta for the big World Natural Hair Show this weekend!
But that’s just me. And Camila! And many others.
How about you, bellas? Are you stoked for Friday’s ceremony? Or do you agree with the Sorry…But mug?