In the creative process, one of the most important stages is the proper selection of material and technology. Faced with the dilemma of whether we should extract or mine the necessary raw material, produce it or use what we already have available, the decision seems obvious. But it is not obvious. Anna Orska, known for her love of experimenting and reaching for custom, non-standard components in jewellery, has decided to take a stand in the discussion that revolves around one of the most important problems of our times - overproduction of plastic.
The realm of plastics entered our reality with impetus only a century ago and to this day almost completely dominated it. Ready-to-use raw material, the availability of which is almost unlimited, in addition to the palette of advantages also has numerous disadvantages that make it necessary to redefine the functioning of this material in our lives. The inexpensive plastic manufacturing process is, at the same time, its biggest advantage and disadvantage – low production costs come with a high cost to the environment. And, although the world is talking more and more loudly about this problem and looking more and more boldly for a way to solve it, we still haven't found a universal method that would free us from excess amounts of synthetics.
Plastic is a long-lasting material that is far too often used only once. After a short useful life, it becomes a worthless and harmful object that still has many years of idle life ahead of it: in the ground, in water or in a landfill. Anna Orska decided to look for a way to give a second chance to materials intended for disposal that had no other future ahead of them. The designer has developed a concept of reincarnation of a useless object, driven by anxiety about what we will leave behind. The idea was born out of the belief that manufacturing can be replaced by processing of already existing resource. To create your own material, you need knowledge, patience and the appropriate technology. A bit of luck also helps, so that you can meet the right people, who will help you to fulfil even the most daring visions.
The designer reached for post-industrial plastic and together with Veronica Banaś – a specialist in non-standard innovative materials, and the team from Boomplastic, subjected it to experimental treatment. An artistic, jewellery craftsmanship interpretation of plastic has created the New Stone collection, at the heart of which is synthetic stone. Black blocks with a rainbow-like shimmer and a texture reminiscent of the crystallization known from natural minerals, are distinguished not only by their attractive appearance. Made of recycled plastic with the addition of brass filings from ORSKA jewellery studio, they are durable and lightweight, so they do not burden the jewellery additionally.
The new synthetic stone has been stamped with a seal, indicating its origin – ‘made by Homo Sapiens’ – and being a reminder that our works are also our responsibility. The planet cannot cope alone with everything that is left of us when we are gone, and it will have particular difficulty with the products that do not come from it. This ORSKA jewel is a proof, that the object of desire can be created even from the ubiquitous contemporary nemesis.
The cavemen left their paintings behind, the ancient Egyptians their pyramids, the ancient Romans their walls and aqueducts. Let us not allow plastic bags and straws to be the only thing that will remain as our legacy. May the fossils created today take a more beautiful, more valuable form so that we do not have to be ashamed of ourselves before the anthropologists of the future.