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Jessie French Other Matter

Based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, the work of Jessie French explores speculative futures through algae-based bioplastic and water-based ecologies.

Housed within an ethos of consumption, sustainability and regeneration, her practice invites others to engage with the possibilities of a post-petrochemical world. Through experimenting with other materials, she explores the potential of closed-loop systems of (re)use and conscious consumption and interaction with objects.

In 2020, French founded OTHER MATTER, an experimental design studio working with algae-based bioplastics which engages others in the possibilities of new materials though objects, experiences and futures.

The waste involved in daily life weighs heavily on me. The sheer scale of material that cannot be easily recycled, and the environmental cost of its production, is outrageous. There’s certainly a lot of potential in this material. It’s overwhelming what it could be used for and the ways it could be integrated into everyday life to solve a huge issue we have with waste and the use of petrochemical plastics.

/ Jessie French
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Talking material practice with Jessie French