_OFFCUT TOYS (202111)
Minimising Waste / Children’s Toys
Fig. 1 My Brancusi Bricks are CNC’d from offcuts of American Cherry
little toy project for Christmas… looking into local manufacture and the longevity of the products we consume. In my part-time job as a CNC consultant at a picture framers I observed a huge amount of waste, oddly shaped offcuts, considered useless and discarded. I took two approaches, one high tech, one low tech to design toys and give these scraps new life. Precisely CNC’d my Brancusi Bricks pay homage to Constantin Brancusi, sculptor and pioneer of Modernism. In comparison, the elephant and kangaroo were entirely informed by the shapes I salvaged, pieced together like a jigsaw. The slow growing nature of American Cherry / Walnut / Pear wood acts as a CO2 sink, trapped over the playtime of the toys.
Fig. 4 Elephant and kangaroo interpreted from the shapes I salvaged