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Design students say no to plastic in new exhibition

Art and Design Foundation students at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (the MET) will see their work displayed in public at a new exhibition at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum.

As part of their 3D design project, the students visited the Museum, where Deputy Museum Manager, Jan Etches, introduced them to the construction and mechanisms of toys from years gone by. The most striking observation was the lack of plastic in the older toys and far less mass production - an insight into the value of a well-made product. The young designers were inspired to design toys that embrace traditional and sustainable skills, such as sewing, alongside contemporary innovations, such as laser cutting.

MET lecturer, Steven Follen, said:

“We wanted to give the students the experience of working for a real client, with strict deadlines and an evolving brief. They had to work in teams and communicate with one another, which is a key skill in any design process. We gave them a short amount of time to complete their design, which really challenged them.” 

The students’ designs will appear alongside the museums’ vast collection of antique toys and models, which is one of the finest in the world. Boasting a treasure trove of over 10,000 exhibits, the museum celebrated this month when they became Brighton Railway Station's first Community Rail Partnership. This will increase the exposure of the exhibition to the local community and encourage them to consider alternatives to plastic.

The exhibition, called The Toy Project, will be open to the public from Tuesday 17 April. A private viewing will be held on Monday 16 April at 3pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact the museum by emailing or calling 01273 749494.

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