A plastic future

30th January 2012

With the continuing discussions about us running out of fossil fuels (which apparently is never going to happen according to those in the know) and the ongoing debate about plastic and its negative side, textile designer Ana Quaresma is asking the question “What is the future of plastic in a post-oil era?”

Part a consideration of sustainability, part an education, her project as part of her masters at Central St Martins Textile futures shines a light on our dependence on plastics and the importance of it as a material in our lives.

What is interesting about her project is that she is actually ambivalent towards plastic, but believes that our real understanding of the positive and the negatives of the material need to be explored.

In her project she celebrates plastic and finds a new beauty in it by weaving by hand a fabric that almost looks like molten gold - and in essence takes on a new ideal of beauty and importance. She also depicts the life of plastic and unpacks the 'truth' about the low carbon foot print plastic has rather than the perception of it being truly bad for the environment.

Her belief is that humans perceive quality and importance by the way something ages through time, but the beauty of plastic is that it can be designed to decay or look aged. She also believes that if we look at plastic in its use outside of the much talked about 'plastic bag' we will begin again to see its fundamental wealth in medicine and technology by citing key examples of where it is better than the alternative.

Her project by nature is contentious but it is truly relevant and one that will bring an interesting topic of discussion to the table. Her parting shot about her project is that “By giving it (plastic) time it becomes precious… In the past we wove with gold, in the new tomorrow with plastic filaments.”

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