Following on from the success of our 2019 London Borough of Culture project, Atomic 50, we’re set to return to deliver another innovative public making experience: Plaster Works, Chingford. This time focusing on the hidden potential of building waste material, working with Chingford residents to explore creative solutions to the ongoing waste dilemma.
Partnering with sustainable design studio, Good Waste, who have recently been researching local waste streams, we have discovered plasterboard in abundance, a material notoriously difficult to recycle. The Plaster Works project has been exploring how plasterboard, a common building material, can be continually re-processed and diverted from landfill. Using a basic heat technique that allows the plaster to be extracted from the board element, the project has uncovered a route towards the production of an exciting new building material. Combining the extracted powder with a traditional 17th century Italian plaster technique, Scagliola, Good Waste has revived waste plasterboard and transformed it into a stunning new material. The final touch, a beautiful marble finish, is created through adding local pigments made from other discarded construction materials, such as brick dust.
Chingford Mount, like all UK high streets, has been impacted by changes in retail and the shift towards an online marketplace. The further devastating impact of the pandemic has meant that now, more than ever, we need to focus on high street recovery and explore alternative uses for shops that can help maintain and build a thriving local economy and community.
Plaster Works will take over the former County Cameras shop which, after lying empty for many years and in a state of disrepair, will be transformed with a new interior showcasing the potential for recycled plasterboard. For three weeks, it will become an experimental making space to explore this process, built by Good Waste and Blackhorse Workshop in collaboration with a group of young unemployed people from the borough.
During the October half-term the space will present a fun hands-on making experience for adults and children, hosting local Secondary School Students in the following weeks to join in this material exploration.
Tickets coming soon!