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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To ring in the New Year, this week’s blog features one of my favourite objects from MoDiP’s collections: a stunning GPO 162 pyramid telephone. Dated to 1932 and made from compression moulded phenol formaldehyde (bakelite), it sits on a matching Bellset 25 because it did not have an internal bell although, if preferred, the bellset could be wall mounted nearby instead. This example was…
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…