WHAT IS PLASTENKA?
Plastenka is an ecodesign label founded in 2010 in Budapest by Juli Laczkó. Plastenka bags are individually designed and produced in small series. Upcycled and 100% eco-conscious manufactural products made of varied types of waste plastic. Courier bags, backpacks, side-bags, belt-bags, laptop skins and wallets are all handmade and unique, each comes with its serial number. They collect recyclable plastic trash from eco-conscious restaurants and coffee shops.
WHAT IS THE BASIC MATERIAL AND FROM WHERE YOU REACH IT?
I started sewing my first bags out of coffee and tobacco packages. I was always fan of street clean-up days, when you put out your old objects or just bored furniture or objects. I took a few home and I loved to transfer them to new life. Some time it did not really matter what, I just created something new. In 2009 I was commissioned by the journal Architectforum to complete my first collection for this event. It was a laptop sleeve series. Than I went deeper into the experiment of material and a line of products. I spent a long time strengthening the plastic texture and make it waterproof and sustainable. I wanted to create really long life products that are really out of „trash“. My friends and my favorite bars and clubs started to collect their leftover packages for me, therefore the amount of my products got an accession and a serious manufacture process and a workshop production started. I established the label Plastenka as my mediadesign diploma project.
I improved my basic material for a professional level, named it „utoplast“. I used an industrial hot press machine, which melts several layers of plastic bags and packages together. That is a great and smart material, so I started to expand the possibility of utoplast and look beyond upcycled design accessories.
HOW DID YOU TURN YOUR DESIGN INTO ART INSTALLATION OR SOCIAL INTERVENTION?
I studied visual arts and i recognized that utoplast has not just a good isolation effect but it can be created as translucent. In 2010, with a group of fellow artists, we applied for Burning Man Festival with an idea of a huge art installation out of utoplast. We got funded, so we went to set up "ReOnion" dome in the desert with backlight projection and physical interaction. It was a great experiment, but later I turned more towards social projects and so I created a portable home for homeless people out of utoplast. "Termini" was an art intervention, a performance but also a sensitive approach of social problems. I produced a small series of homeless shelters and I gave them away for users with the support of MKKP, a great culture jamming art group and ‘Witzpartei’.
ReOnion interactive installation
Termini social intervention