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First multi-party Innovation Voucher

A group of creative artists has formed a partnership with the University of Edinburgh in the first ever project to have pooled SFC Innovation Vouchers to support a multi-party collaboration

31 May 2017

A group of creative artists has formed a partnership with the University of Edinburgh in the first ever project to have pooled SFC Innovation Vouchers to support a multi-party collaboration.

Their Smart Plastics Group is working with ceramic and natural fibre to develop new products from biodegradable and recyclable plastics at the university’s Green Materials Laboratory.

Carol Sinclair and Lorna Fraser, who are ceramicists, and Anna King, a fibre artist, are breaking new ground in developing the use of polymers, plastics and new materials in their practice to minimise their carbon footprint, reduce energy use in the ceramic making process and to use recyclable or biodegradable materials.

Carol said: “The opportunity to explore new, environmentally conscious plastics is already inspiring our group to push the boundaries of our ideas and skills and to… explore the broader benefits these new materials can bring to other industries and environments.”

The Green Materials Laboratory, led by Professor Michael Shaver at the School of Chemistry, was inspired by the aims of the artists and saw the potential for application of the techniques and discoveries to other industries, such as porcelain used in medical devices.

The Smart Plastics project is also the first multi-party collaboration from the new Sector Engagement initiative at Interface, supported by the Scottish Government’s Scotland Can Do programme, aimed at stimulating innovation in the creative industries, tourism and food and drink sectors.

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