Material Perception

A semester long independent research project, it seeks to find the connection between materials and our perceptions of them. Are they permanent, temporary, beautiful, ugly? Do the products we interact with shape our perception of a material, or vice versa?

After conducting interviews with various people, I learned more about consumers' perceptions of materials. Plastic, aluminum and paper are felt to be temporary. Wood, metal, electronics, and ceramics are materials are in objects consumers expect to own longer. How can we contradict popular perceptions of these materials to create new and better products?

The question I sought to answer in my research is if it is possible to defy the expectation a material carries. Most people view plastic as disposable, although it is a complex and long-lasting material.

The physical evidence of this project came in the form of jewelry. A bracelet or a necklace made of plastic lasts as long as one made of gold. A ceramic object, though is fragile, can last millenia and carries value inherent to its material, but what if it is meant to be broken?

The material artifacts produced from the project are jewelry and lace made from plastic by 3D printing and laser cutting, and breakable objects made from ceramic.