Everyone’s favourite local art studio is finally back with a new collection next month, and they’re bringing back some of Malta’s most recognisable designs from yesteryear: the lira.
They’ve resurrected everything from Dwejra’s Azure Window to Malta’s lost nightclubs, but now, Te fit-Tazza‘s Andrew Farrugia and Craig Macdonald are back with a collection that’s all about those nickel lampuki, ballottri and qabri.
Ready for the hit of nostalgia you didn’t know you needed? Well, to get you in the mood, we’ve got a little exclusive teaser of what’s in store at Souvenirs That Don’t Suck on the 16th of November…
The lira was the currency of the Maltese islands from 1972 to 2007, before we adopted the Euro.
A whole three years after joining the European Union, the currency was put on the back shelf in favour of the EU’s currency of choice.
The Euro took over as the official currency of Malta as of January 2008, with an irrevocable fixed exchange rate of 0.4293Lm to €1.
In a world of commodities and the pursuit of happiness, with the evident function of money, Te fit-Tazza have decided to change their view in the form of liri.
Focusing on how the daily-used piece of paper carried with it a wealth of identity and an identity of wealth, the studio have put together a number of designs in the ultimate throwback to Maltese currency.
Maltese lira banknotes and coins continued to have legal tender status and were accepted for cash payments until the end of January in 2008.
Money is seen as an object covering a spectrum of conversation.
“From an ingenious discovery of convenience to becoming a star player in some of the biggest forms of human expression, in a journey to explore the Maltese identity and aesthetic, the subject was just far too exciting and enticing for us to ignore,” the local designers confessed.
Join Te fit-Tazza (and a bunch of local fans of the design house) at Sliema’s Souvenirs That Don’t Suck on Saturday 16th November, noon sharp, for an enthralling insight into the currency of yore that saw Malta become a fully-integrated state with the EU – and some fantastic craft beer from BrewHaus (but feel free to bring your own bottle to the party – they won’t judge!).