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December 28, 2018


Start: Saturday 12 January, 2019
Finish: Saturday 12 January, 2019

Turning Milk to Plastic Workshop


The holiday season can leave us with a lot of leftovers, which is why our Saturday workshop series in January will look at how we can recycle and reuse some of the waste products from Christmas. 

The workshop will go through the process of extracting the protein from milk to form a natural alternative to synthetic plastic. Synthetic plastic is an easily accessible material but however no longer weighs up against environmental drawbacks. The Protein project seeks to re-envision milk as a resourceful and valuable raw material, utilising waste milk from the dairy industry. Pigments will be used with the milk to produce a range of colour effects. You will be hand shaping small pieces with the clay-like material, which will harden overnight. The skimmed milk will be provided by Hook & Son organic farm in Sussex. 

Tessa Silva-Dawson is a process-lead designer maker based in London, graduated from the MA Design Products course at the Royal College of Art. Projects are born from an on going fascination in our material culture, throughout the past, present, and into the future. The work is often intended as a catalyst for discourse – shifting perceptions of the material world and stimulating the creative exploration of the weird and wonderful resources available. Her on going project, Protein, is an investigation into the use of milk proteins as a natural material for the handcrafted production of objects.


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This workshop is open to a maximum of 10 participants (age 10+).

Attendance at the workshop costs £30 (£20 students) with all proceeds supporting the SCHOOL SCHOOL after school club for the local state school students.