Rosa Heinz

Oktober / October - 2019

Kunsthochschule Kassel



It is a new form of artisanal plastic processing within the scope of recycling. For this purpose, I've built a heatable, mobile sheet press with which I produce plastic sheets from waste. I also invented a new technique, the "free plastic blowing". The diploma ended with the design of a side table illustrating the procedures.

What is the Topic?

Garbage seems invisible in Germany. This is due to the fact that we burn or export a large amount of the quickly and in large quantities consumed plastic. The aim of my diploma thesis is to change our view of waste and disposable products. Without a judgmental attitude it should sharpen our perception. Handcrafted processing creates a democratic approach to industrial materials and a new value of the former waste. In the best case, this material quality will lead us to rethink the way we use our resources.

Why does it look like this?

On the one hand, the aesthetics result from the claim to make the origin in the garbage forgotten. On the other hand, the techniques used, such as pigmentation, the fact that the typical industrial material is handcrafted and the massive material thickness, which refers to the "diminished" properties of the recycled material, have a strong influence on the appearance. The table itself represents the handicraft techniques of pressing and blowing.

What is special?

To understand plastic waste as a valuable resource. Moreover, the handicraft processing of plastics is not quite common in Europe, but in many countries outside Europe it is almost a tradition.

What is new?

The "free plastic blowing" is a new technique that brings unknown possibilities and aesthetics to the design.