Think Plastic: Materials and Making
join us at the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre this summer for an exhibition on the wastefulness of plastic in our everyday lives. Through beautiful art pieces and delicate jewellery, we gain a better understanding on the importance of using plastics responsibly.
The range of artists who have collaborated in this project makes it what it is. Taxonomist Dr Peter Wilkie studied the Sapotaceae tree family to find out how it makes a natural plastic. The art of Fiona Pilgrim is motivated by the material choices artists make. A jeweller named Carla Edwards already uses plastic resin in her art. Tapestry weaver Fiona Hutchison is also an avid sailor who has noticed how plastic is impacting the ocean surrounding us. As part of an Interface grant, the group has worked with Professor Mike Shaver, of the Green plastics lab at the University of Edinburgh, and his students Hatti Chisnall and Emily Macdonald.
Over the last two years, artists and scientists have engaged with the complex subject of plastics and how they impact the environment and the environment’s health, the many types of plastics, and their use.
In this exhibition, they will promote the importance of thinking about plastic and our relationship with it.