Ever wanted to build a plastic recycling extruder, maybe you never knew you did!? Ever hoped to engage people in how they use & recycle plastic, maybe you want to develop your communication skills? Do you consider yourself a future educator, or would you like to learn how to facilitate workshops? Or maybe you have a designer somewhere inside you and have never had the chance to let it out? Then join us on this project looking at how Plastic can be utilised for good.
You will build on existing experience, learn new skills, and work with innovative freelance practitioners to make amazing stuff happen, play with plastic and consider how recycled plastic can be a positive material when thought of in different ways.
Throughout this project, you will attend a series of workshops hosted by these practitioners, aimed at developing knowledge and building new skills. You will be provided with studio space and guidance from the practitioner team as well as all resources you need to make your response to the brief a success. And you will be supported in the production of an exciting and outward facing Outreach Day, working with the general public to play with your ideas, extrude recycled plastic and design new objects!
A full timetable will is provided
please take a look at the schedule before applying
, and once you start the project you will be given more detail and content. Expect a combination of half and full day in-person sessions on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays.
Project starts: Wednesday 8th Feb 1pm
Project ends with an Outreach event run by you on 11th March 2023
Reimagining Plastic is a collaboration between three Manchester Met University alumni now running their own successful enterprises. They want to work with YOU! They want a diverse group of students from all different courses and across the whole uni, so if any of this sounds exciting, apply today!
work to unite people around the issue of plastic pollution through providing hands-on opportunities for local community to get involved with plastic reusing.
provide bespoke digital design and manufacturing services within the heart of Manchester.
work as a freelance creative specialising in 3D printing and sustainability, driven by playful and creative thinking.
In A Nutshell...
- Work collaboratively... with other students from different disciplines
- Respond...to a live brief exploring sustainability, circular economies and design for good
- Problem solve... through playful, creative approaches to re-using plastic waste
- Specialise... by working in a role with specific tasks and outcomes
- EXTRUDE STUFF... You will get to extrude recycled plastic and make stuff! Think colourful, fun, innovative and playful making
- Deliver... Engage the public with an exciting festival of ideas from your project in an Outreach Day on 11th March
13:00 to 18:00 on 08/02/23 - On Campus GE 4.07
Intro Day, welcome and meet the team
11:00 to 17:00 on 11/02/23 - The Plastic Shed, Merseyway Stockport
Plastic Shed Day
13:00 to 18:00 on 15/02/23 - Duggie's workshop: 3 Cakebread Street Manchester M126HF
Extruder Making session #1 These sessions will take place at Duggie's workshop and studio. You will be making the extruder to use later in your project. Expect design, build, making and fun!
11:00 to 17:00 on 18/02/23 - Duggie's workshop: 3 Cakebread Street Manchester M126HF
Extruder Making Session #2
13:00 to 18:00 on 22/02/23 - Multiple
Print City and 3D Printing Session An opportunity to get designing and 3D printing, accessing Print City at Man Met and Jamie's studio at Islington Mill, Salford.
13:00 to 18:00 on 01/03/23 - On Campus GE 4.07
Self Directed Group work, playing and planning
11:00 to 16:00 on 04/03/23 - Campus TBC
Full Team workshop day
13:00 to 18:00 on 08/03/23 - On Campus GE 4.07
Workshop session and Planning event
14:00 to 16:00 on 11/03/23 - Brooks Building Man Met Campus
Outreach Festival of Ideas In this session you will deliver an exciting festival style activity day where young people and their families will attend, playing with your designs and finding out about your work. Exciting!