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Industrial Craft Side Table 01

Charlotte Kidger - Charlotte Kidger

My most recent body of work ‘Industrial Craft’ focuses on the potential of harvesting industrial waste materials (in this case a niche polyurethane foam (PU) dust from CNC fabrication companies in the UK) as a new form of raw material that can later be used to create a versatile range of 3D sculptures and functional objects. The transformation from an unwanted, problematic waste material into a extremely durable and versatile casting composite results in alluring and desirable finished products. The application of the material into 3D objects inspired by the environments in which the materials are sourced provides simple yet bold forms that allow the design to be material led.

In taking what was previously a problematic waste material with no permanent or sustainable means of disposal and using it as a casting material that can then be used to make permanent sculptures and functional objects means the material has a new function with longevity and unexpected beauty at its core. I hope that by placing the material within craft disciplines and luxury markets opens up the idea of re-thinking how we can utilise industrial waste streams to create interesting and alluring new composites. The introduction of polyurethane foam dust as an aggregate combined with resin to bind the material together allows an experimental approach to my making and questions pre-conceptions around how plastic can be used to make desirable art.In taking what was previously a problematic waste material with no permanent or sustainable means of disposal and using it as a casting material that can then be used to make permanent sculptures and functional objects means the material has a new function with longevity and unexpected beauty at its core. I hope that by placing the material within craft disciplines and luxury markets opens up the idea of re-thinking how we can utilise industrial waste streams to create interesting and alluring new composites. The introduction of polyurethane foam dust as an aggregate combined with resin to bind the material together allows an experimental approach to my making and questions pre-conceptions around how plastic can be used to make desirable art.

Table 01 – Sculptural table that represents both elements of form and function through an experimental material and process based approach to making. Material led, I have aimed to highlight the materials qualities and characteristics through a simple yet distinctive form inspired by the material itself and the environment in which it originated. The table leg has natural defects that occurred during the casting process. The “broken” edges represent the natural formation of the material as it forms within the mould – it also shows the strength of the material. The top highlights different surfaces the material is able to adapt to and gives function to the piece whilst also acting as a sculptural piece.

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