Climate change continued deforestation and the on-going spread of pollutants inevitably threaten the existence of many natural raw materials used in traditional craftsmanship. As those materials disappear, the knowledge of those crafts disappears along with them. At the same time, new natural materials are emerging. The presence and abundance of man-made plastics in the environment naturally form a new raw material called Plastiglomerate, marking the shift between old notions of nature and culture. This project speculates on the future of this new raw material within the context of craftsmanship. I imagine a not far future where petrol-based plastics can be collected only from nature, mined and used by a craftsperson as a new natural raw material.
The project entails a research on the notions of nature and of what new aesthetics and cultural realities can emerge relating to plastics beyond the currently limited way of regarding it as a pollutant, massed produced and a cheap material. As a result of my investigation, I created a new clay-like material using discarded plastics and waste streams sediments, which I envision as a valuable commodity that future civilizations will mine, that which I named "Lithoplast". the material is then processed in process borrowed from geology, called Metamorphism, the same process which transforms limestone into marble in nature. This material can be used for sculptural handmade products and it's potential for interior design applications is being tested at the moment