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Sentimental Plastics Documentation

December 6, 2008

Re-usable plastic bag from upcycled plastic

September 26, 2007

With some trial and error we were able to construct a pretty durable and usable shopping bag. This one was made from about 10 fused plastic shopping bags. It took about an hour to make, but now that we know how to do it, it should be much quicker.

Plastic Tie

September 26, 2007

Doug Easterly came by the other day and had a go at upcycling. He made this amazing necktie from fused plastic bags. This saturday he’ll come around the container to make version 1.0 of his geek tie with integrated USB flash drive and solarpowered lighting system.


Container Video

September 15, 2007
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Photos from the Courtenay Place site

September 13, 2007


This is the container that we will be working out of. It is located in front of Sweet Mothers Cafe on Courtenay Place, right next to the giant camera sculpture. We’ve had it open for the past two nights. Rob and Craig (from Candywhistle) set up the container yesterday and got it ready for some plastic fusing goodness.

We are currently running a display showing a live feed of data related to our project. We’re using yahoo pipes to create a custom RSS feed using keywords pulled from various websites and search engines. It dynamically updates and displays title and body from the RSS feed. It’s been a good experience being on site and getting people interested in the project. Tomorrow and this weekend Rob and I will be around to create upcycled material from plastic bags. So empty out those drawers full of plastic bags and bring them down to donate to our project. As it progresses we will be running workshops and posting tutorials on how you can make your own material and get on the upcycling bandwagon.

Check back here for updates.

Initial Sewing Experiement

September 11, 2007

Yesterday I had a chance to try and do some sewing. Tim Miller in Industrial Design at VUW gave me an excellent tutorial on how to use his sewing machine. He left me to my own devices and I made a few pouches out of fused plastic bags. Here are a few pictures of one of them.

the pouchstitching detailopeningwhat would you use it for?

I made another similar pouch that turned out pretty good as well. I needed a place to put pens in my office, so I tacked it onto my corkboard. A perfect penholder. I’ll upload some photos of it in action tomorrow.

One of the most encouraging things about this experiment is that I’ve never used a sewing machine before and I really enjoyed it and had some success.

Next up, make a projection screen.