Plastic Happiness

There is something joyous in early plastic. And the joy is not synthetic, but a natural human delight in a new material. In pieces created at the beginning of the 20th century you can best see the pleasure and freedom taken in playing around with something so versatile and infinite. As a child, growing up amongst endless supplies of wood and metal and clay, I remember dreaming of having the tools to mess about with plastic. The vast and tasteless rainbow of artificial colours, and the idea of molding a soft thing into something perfect and durable and unbreakable…

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