Fish Scale Plastic

20th July 2011

As always the Royal College of art graduation show proffered up some exciting and intriguing projects and yet again there were a series of new materiologists emerging from varying backgrounds of design. Erik de Laurens’ Fish feast project is entirely unique as it touches on issues of sustainability, modern day plastics (similarly to studio Formafantasmas Botanical project) as well as design driven from materiality.

Using the waste material from the fishing industry ie the scales he has developed a new ‘plastic’ that is bonded together simply by the natural oils to be found in the scales. He has also coloured his new materials surprisingly with a range of ‘synthetic’ colours, but when pushed on the issue he was keen to discuss the issues around the possibilities of natural food dye stuffs.

Currently he has used his plastics for ideas for cups and inlay on a table but the possibilities are endless.



Augmented reality

19th July 2011

Augmented reality is one of those technologies that is quietly creeping up on us and soon will be fairly mainstream in our lives. Having collaborated with Holition an augmented reality company specialising in augmented retail, Jenny Lee a recent graduate from Textile Futures at CSM has looked at how materiality and augmented reality can blend.

Her project seeks to understand our perceptions of beauty and perfection in a more digital future and looks to the growing number of online communities and profiles.

Jenny's film from her graduation show showing an augmented animation inspired by her material design explorations is intriguing, other worldly and strangely beautiful.




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