Innovative Techniques

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As a maker I am interested in the development of creative technical processes and material investigation. Much of my practice is concerned with material and process knowledge, with considerable effort expended on experimentation using plastics. Cast Acrylic (PMMA) is a thermoplastic material that posess an elastic nature when heated and softened that can be exploited to manipulate the material using press moulds. This investigation centred on an exploration of handcraft techniques and the result of this intutitive process found that the dominant elastic characteristics of acrylic possess an excellent shape memory function. Though a series of stages of thermoforming this memory function of the acrylic can be applied to record impressions upon the material surface. This discovery led to an inventive method of pressing plastics being developed and tested, going on to inform the creation of a number of successful pieces.



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