‘Beach plastics suck’ – A new sculpture made from recycled ocean plastics, wood and bio-resin collected from my beach cleans. I’ve been working on this behind the scenes since lockdown. Now I’ve made my ‘Oceana plant pot’ made from recycled ocean plastics I have had the headspace to finish this sculpture.
Inspired by my road trip to France and Spain and hanging out on beaches I saw a kid drop her lolly. She burst into tears at the loss and I wondered how we will react generations from now when we see the massive ball/lolly we are dropping by not looking after our oceans and planet.
Immediately the sculpture also reminds us of the devasting effects of climate change with the lolly looking like it’s melting. I wanted to create an iconic and memorable image to grab attention and remind us of the fragility of life on this planet. With all my work whether it’s the design of my Ocean Plastic plant pots or these sculptures, I hope to create memorable pieces that start conversations and amplify environmental messages without preaching or being too heavy. It is an important conversation but if we are to speak to the masses I feel that playfulness is a way in. I want people to fall in love with nature and protect it rather than guilting them into any action.
The sculpture is approximately 38cm high x 48cm wide. My dream is to make these sculptures at a much larger size utilising the collected trash from coastal cities. It would be great to work with schools, NGOs and charities to raise awareness of our environment, plastic recycling and materials want to do beach and harbour cleans with the community and then use the very trash collected collectively to make a giant sculpture to raise awareness.
UPDATE: Super excited to have been featured by @realpreciousplastic on their Instagram account with nearly 94 000 followers. They have been a big inspiration for many years. I have also received a few commissions from interested people which has been fantastic. Thank you for the support!
I have been designing and developing materials and prototyping products in the eco-space for some time now. I have created products and in the process of creating products using Ocean plastic waste. It’s obvious to all the need to find solutions to plastic waste to help our environment. In a 2 pronged attack on the problem, I have been working with Biomaterials successfully. In order to expand upon these material prototypes, I am now in the process of using artificial intelligence to aid our research and make what could be the worlds first Ai generated biomaterial.
To provide some background to this biomaterials work let me start at the beginning. My journey began by working with a variety of open source recipes and I have then continued my own exploration by creating my own recipes. I am working with a wide range of local bio-ingredients using the existing local waste streams and exploring their benefits.
There has been quite a few successes making bioplastics, bio leathers and a variety of other biomaterials. After exhausting the open source biomaterial recipes I have started developing my own recipes using waste materials and formulating new composites from materials such as coffee granules, mussel shells, eggs shells, post-industrial wood dust, etc experimenting with a range of bio-resins and binders. Its an amazing field of opportunity and provides positive design solutions to our environmental challenges. I believe that biomaterials will be our eco saviour and this field needs as much attention and assistance as possible.
To that end, I recently started a project with Derek Ahmedzai www.sharpshooter.org who was the developer behind a number of AI world firsts including the worlds first Ai generated cupcake with Tiny Giant and Ai generated poetry. We now plan to generate what we believe to be the first Ai generated Biomaterial recipes. We thought it fitting to celebrate Earth Day by harnessing Biomaterials, Ai and people.
We have the aim of creating exciting new Ai generated open source biomaterial recipes. We then plan to make the most feasible and successful Ai outputs, test their properties, strength and capabilities in an ongoing biomaterial project. It’s a concept that excites me as it has huge potential to save lives, relieve suffering and help maintain quality-of-life for all.
Our neural network is primed. Now we need to get access to as many databases of biomaterial recipes and material resources as possible to feed into the neural network. In order to get artificial intelligence to effectively create new interpretations, we need as much materials data as possible. If you have any open source resources or recipes that you are willing to share please get in touch.
I am in talks with the University of Bath, Materiom and exploring contacts at UWE and Bristol University. This is a collaboration that requires input from a wide range of disciplines, we need database input but humans too. Please share and get involved if you are interested. . If materials define an age let’s ensure our generation leaves a legacy that is not defined by plastic pollution but a new bio future that will #donoharm .
There have been some exciting developments at the tribes home base in Bristol, United Kingdom. We have been exploring the many material properties of nature and have found some amazing alternative materials that are good for the planet and can help use waste materials that would usually end up in landfill. We are currently exploring and cooking up many different materials to get a deeper understanding of their properties, the pros and cons and suitability for particular uses. Yesterday I was accepted for an exhibition in Bath where I will be able to showcase some of these experiments as well as some more realised eco-design projects.
Please visit the ‘What we are made of’ exhibition opening night at 44AD artspace: Fri 08 March (6pm – 8pm). It will be running for a week at 4 Abbey Street Bath BA1 1NN.
It’s still very exploratory but there have been some amazing finds. I have developed a bioplastic and have tried it in a sheet form as well as in a mould. Its made from a mix of Agar, glycerin and water. The material is very similar in property to the plastic we know when dried. This is an exciting development!
We have had some success with a material made from local coffee granules gratefully received from my favourite local cafe and coffee shop called Friska. The coffee granules make a beautiful material when mixed with a concoction of glycerin, agar and alginate. I’m still experimenting with quantities etc to make the perfect mix. It’s super robust when air dried after a few days. although there is quite a lot of shrinkage as it dries.
We are still developing the surf product made from recycled plastic waste. It has taken a long time as the CAD modelling has needed more adjustments and the tooling costs are looking very steep! So its been a bit of an uphill struggle finding the best way forward to fund this project. HAving said that I have some ideas up my sleave so am moving forward again with the hope to have a final 3D print ready by the end of March to show potential investors.
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