© 2019 by eunhye Ko

Handmade Plastics(2019)

Exploring the possibility of disposed single-use plastics as a new virgin material from the viewpoint of a craftsperson, questioning our production systems and consumption habits. Can craftsmanship challenge the perception and the usage of plastic as a disposable and problematic material?

Environmental issues around plastic are related to how we mass-produce, consume and dispose of it easily. Before mass-production methods were introduced, makers made things carefully without the vague hope of selling them at some later date (The Economist, 2009).

Similarly, consumers bought well-made objects cautiously, expecting to use them for as long as they could. It’s a well known fact that plastic can last a thousand years. Then why don’t we use single-use plastic to make something worth lasting? Each year, 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced and 40% of that is single-use - plastic we'll only use once before it's binned, which means we’ve already had the material to utilize.

The aim of this project is to challenge the perception of plastic as disposable and disruptive material and open a discussion about our attitude towards this unique resource by making handmade plastic objects.