Orange, an uplifting colour of autumn among other things, apparently represents fascination, stimulation and creativity. So, I thought I would dip into the collection
and find objects that are not only orange, but also have a fascinating purpose,
will stimulate conversation about design in plastics and inspire creative
thought. Plastics are able to take
colour completely – not just a covering – so plastic objects that are orange,
can be made to look particularly vibrant.
My first object is a ‘Novelty orange pencil sharpener
which imitates a real orange with great attention to detail. This shows the
playful side of plastic as it is almost a surprise to discover, that this
apparent orange, actually turns out to be a pencil sharpener!
My second object is the infamous ‘Orange Panton chair
(injection moulded polypropylene
) which readily stimulates discussion about the
design of this tough, consistently dyed chair.
As well as being a design icon, this chair demonstrates how well polypropylene
is able to take on a strong colour such as orange.
My third object is a pair of ‘Jelly Jolly boots
’, the soles
of which are again injection moulded
, this time using a bright orange PVC
. Maybe they could inspire you to create a
complete costume around them for a performance or exhibition, or perhaps develop
and create a character in a play or story – someone who might wear a pair of
boots like these.
These appropriately called Jelly Jolly boots, also reflect another meaning of the colour orange
– happiness – so they will help you walk through autumn with a much jollier
Julia Pulman, Museum Digital Communications Officer.