We live in a society where we have become addicted to single-use or disposable designs that are non-biodegradable.  Designers need to begin to take full responsibility in our designs.  There is a need to question and understand the materials that we are using. 

In recent years, waste materials have become a large part of the design language.  By placing our attention on materials, we question the meaning of value. How can materials be seen as valuable?  How do we perceive waste?  How can waste be re-imagined and transformed into something you would want to touch and own? 

From plastic to food waste, we are surrounded by them.  Instead of disposing them, why not re-imagine them into materials that we can re-use, collect and treasure long-term?  My use of salmon skins, a by-product of a smoked salmon factory in London, is an investigation into just that - taking raw, smelly, slimy salmon skins and transforming them into sturdy, long-lasting, beautiful materials for making and designing with. 

Salmon

"The fish industry generates a significant amount of waste. It has been previously estimated by Seafish that for each tonne of fish eaten, over a tonne of fish material is discarded either as waste or as a low value by-product."

 

SEAFISH Report, 2001

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