Jie Wu seeks to elevate value of plastic with series of miniature boxes - architecture and design

Jie Wu seeks to elevate value of plastic with series of miniature boxes



Blocks of resin with colourful marble-like patterns surrounds chunks of wood to form these miniature storage boxes by Royal College of Art graduate Jie Wu.
The 17 containers, called Living in the Anthropocene, were created during Wu's time on the Textiles MA programme at the RCA.

The aim of the project was to explore society's relationship with natural and manmade materials, and in particular the perceived values of those materials.
"The central premise to my creative practice is to elevate our perceptions of synthetic materials and their potential," Wu explained to Dezeen.
"My father deals with antiques, and watching the care with which each precious ornament is passed down from generation to generation got me thinking about what will become antiques of the present day."
"I wanted to use plastic and reconfigure it in such a way that it can be thought of as a timeless treasure," she continued.
"As I continue to develop my creative practice, I hope my approach to resin making can be considered with a similar appreciation to how we view other more traditional long-lasting organic materials, such as marble."

Wu creates the boxes by casting a special type of rosewood in resin made up of different colours.
"The wood I use is a very special and rare antique rosewood," she added. "This type of wood is found in a remote village in China and has a prolonged growth cycle. The locals used this wood for FMCG (fast-moving consu...
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