Mi Zhang uses dust from stone quarries to create colourful vases - architecture and design

Mi Zhang uses dust from stone quarries to create colourful vases

Central Saint Martins student Mi Zhang used dust from a prominent quarrying town in China to create a collection of colourful vessels that are completely biodegradable. Zhang's Mining Dust project explores the potential of recycled waste powder collected from a large mineral mining quarry in Quyang Town, part of Baoding City in the province of Hebei. In hopes of improving air quality, Zhang developed a method of mixing the mined marble dust with pine resin and natural local pigments. This resulted in a tough yet fully-biodegradable material that could be utilised by local makers, industries and communities. "Mineral mining has become one of the largest industries in the area due to its rich mineral resources," said Zhang. "However, as one of the largest quarries and stone working industries in China, the area generates prolific amounts of dust." Read the full story on Dezeen: www.dezeen.com/"p=921886 Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest architecture and design movies: http://bit.ly/1tcULvh

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