Join us for FREE family-friendly fun with FORMcard, a unique mouldable bio-plastic that becomes malleable when immersed in hot water. Led by FORMcard inventor and Raw Materials resident designer maker Peter Marigold, this hands-on workshop will use FORMcard to mimic natural materials, a sentiment which inspired the original invention of plastics in east London.
An opportunity to learn about the history behind the invention of plastics and use skills of observation and dexterity to make and mould, this workshop is perfect for children – a chance to both learn and play with materials.
FREE (booking recommended). All ages welcome and all materials included.
Born in London in 1974, Peter Marigold earned his B.A. in Fine Art and Sculpture from Central St. Martins in London in 1997, and his M.A. in Design Products, studying under Ron Arad, at the Royal College of Art in 2006. Early on, he worked in sculpture and theatrical and event scenography (props, costumes, sets, etc.), ultimately focusing primarily on furniture design. An avid collector, much of Marigold’s work is concerned with storage and object display, and he often combines natural and man-made materials within simple, austere structures. Marigold’s clients include Paul Smith, Fendi, Sony, Gallery Libby Sellers, and Li Edelkoort, among others. His work has been exhibited at New York’s MoMA, Design Miami, Design Museum Holon, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Design Museum in London. In June 2009, he was awarded the Designer of the Future Award by Design Miami.
Raw Materials explores the forgotten industrial history of plastic in east London around the River Lea. The exhibition reveals the story of east London's central role in the invention and early development of plastics, showcasing some of the very first plastic objects alongside newly commissioned artwork which tell the story of this material’s remarkable journey. Read more about the exhibition here.
Raw Materials: Plastics has been made possible through the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the project’s academic partner UCL.
Bow Arts Courtyard has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.
Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.
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Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 5pm
Address: 181-183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.