Friend and faux explores the historical and contemporary use of plastics materials to replace animal products. This usage may be for economic or environmental purposes, either in pursuit of a more humane or cheaper option to natural materials.
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The MoDiP collection offers a wide spectrum of objects, from the 19th, 20th & 21st centuries, which illustrate the role of plastics against social and historical contexts.
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We welcome individual and group visits.
The museum is on the first floor of the Arts University Bournemouth library and can be accessed via a lift. For more information about coming to the museum for a visit, to do research, or have a group session, click on the link below.
This gorgeous, small, ellipse-shaped lampshade was recently donated to the collection.Image ref: The small lampshade, AIBDC : 008834Image credit: Katherine PellWe believe it to be part of a floor/table lamp as opposed to a ceiling pendant, although the original attachments are missing – refer image below for a similar, complete example.
The proliferation of the use of plastics to create the convenience and disposability that has fuelled our consumer society has made it hard to see this material family as a friend to the environment and animal life. However, by imitating animal-derived products, plastics have had a positive impact on the conservation and use of both wild and farmed creatures.
When Alexander Parkes invented…