Plastic Dream

In this modern day society plastic is by far the most used disposable material. This used to be very different.

The first plastic that found widespread use was bakelite, which was invented in 1907. It was used for products that needed to be stored dry and in boxes, like cosmetics and soap. Much attention was paid to the looks of the box because of the material’s longevous properties. This stands in sharp contrast with current design standards of everyday plastic objects.

Mass production encouraged the development of plastic, and because of the growing need, production also went up. Craftmanship became less common and mass consumption took over. Since then the way we relate to an object changed; it became more distant.

Naturally one could ask: Would the meaning of a plastic object change, by crafting it by hand instead of mass producing it with machines?

To answer this question I started my research, by making a plastic object by hand. I created the moulds from plaster, mesh, wood and liquid silicone. Once finished I poured the plastic into the mould to create the final shape. I devoted my time and awareness to this process that quickly became personal since I started to care. A connection formed between me and the object. Emotion and craft became intertwined. To this day the machine is still lacking this dynamic.