When I got the two rolls of thermoplastic material, I was immediately informed about how to use it.
I went to the metal laboratory where, with the use of a propane torch, as described in the instructions, I started to dissolve the material on different surfaces.
On the smoother metals it came off very easily while on all the other more porous surfaces it had a good attack index.
The first day I was able to try only 4 materials (the ones in the picture). I tried to put them in a table where I evaluated them according to different factors. I had a hard time finding a way to evaluate all of them and after talking to Maiko, she suggested that I simply describe them without having to find categories.
These are some of the initial sketches on how to use in a new and three-dimensional way the strips that are always flat under our feet.
The aim is to find a support material to be removed once the shape of the thermoplastic is given or to be left as an integral part of the product.
In this last sketch below, I designed some house tiles with street graphics on them.
Would the tiles be made of ceramic with the thermoplastic material on top or would they take up only the graphic shapes but without the “original” material of the urban strips?
How could they be functional in the house? If they were on the openings they could indicate in their patter where the pipes pass, thus combining (new) function with aesthetics. In what other way could they be used in the house? on the floor to show us where to go? I don’t think we need them, especially if they were made with thermoplastic, but if they were simply graphic on ceramics, what impact would they have on the lanes of our house?
The next time I tried 10 other materials on which to stick the thermoplastic but unfortunately I don’t have any photos of them because they are in the studio.
The common thing, however, was that the more porous the surface the more easily the material sticks. On terracotta, however, for example, even if initially it seemed well attached, after a little effort the whole strip of material came away without almost leaving any trace of its passage.