The disposable plastic spoon is celebrated in a new light with the 'Travels with My Spoon' series. Tithi Kutchamuch trotted across the globe, collecting expendable utensils and using them for unlikely purposes. Applying heat to these items, the artist watched as they contorted in form, melting and changing shape so that they begin to lose their eating implement identities. On occasion, Tithi would even heat them together, causing a small collection to fuse into creative sculptural items.
Organic forms like flowers, clovers and weeds began to emerge from the ruined utensils, becoming unexpected things of beauty. The 'Travels with My Spoon' is a collection of these works that have been cast in oxidized silver metal, giving new allure, an extended lifespan and an artistic purpose to single-use polymer tools.
'Travels with My Spoon' Features Misshapen and Immortalized Utensils
1. Upcycling Utensils - Opportunities for businesses to repurpose disposable utensils into artistic objects and extend their lifespan through materials like metal casting.
2. Utilizing Heat as a Medium - Innovation possibilities for companies that can find unconventional ways to use heat to transform everyday materials into new forms and products.
3. Celebration of Imperfection - Potential for companies to embrace and highlight the beauty in imperfect products or items that would otherwise be discarded, such as melted utensils being turned into sculptures.
1. Art and Sculpture - Artists and sculptors can explore new mediums and techniques to create unique and sustainable works, similar to the 'Travels with My Spoon' collection.
2. Environmental Sustainability - Businesses that prioritize zero-waste and upcycling practices can reduce their carbon footprint and provide a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional manufacturing and disposal methods.
3. Materials and Manufacturing - Companies in the materials and manufacturing industry can invest in new technologies and techniques to repurpose materials and reduce waste, as demonstrated by 'Travels with My Spoon'.