Material Illusions by Sophie Rowley
Intervening in industrial waste streams
Regarding waste streams as ‘a future quarry, a starting point rather than an end point,’ Rowley mines ‘non-virgin materials which already have had a life’. Drawing on the aesthetics of natural processes, such as the layering of rocks and their transformation through erosion, she re-engineers ‘hyper-common’ waste materials. The designer sources prolific materials, such as denim, paper, styrofoam or glass, from local waste streams to produce new designs. In the final products, random patterns suggest the aesthetic of natural materials such as wood or stone, elevating the original resource until it no longer resembles the recycled raw material.