Fanplastic is a plastic workshop unit that recycles waste plastic into things you want to keep. Housed in a shipping container on Folkestone Harbour Arm, phase one of the Fanplastic project launched in September 2017 for the Folkestone Fringe, which ran alongside the Folkestone Triennial.

The project was conceived by artist/animator Astrid Goldsmith, who wanted to find a more environmentally responsible way of making the plastic elements of her puppet stop-motion films. Triggered by the response to Polymer – her 2016 monster movie about plastic sea pollution – Goldsmith started researching methods of repurposing waste plastic.

Working with engineering students from East Kent College to build the recycling machines, phase one of Fanplastic launched in September 2017 with the installation of the shredder and the 3D printer, which prints from a recycled filament. Phase two of the project, now managed solely by Dan Johannsen of Folkestone Fringe, will see the addition of an extruder, compressor, injection moulder and upgraded 3D Printers, which will complete the circle of production. For more details about how to get involved, please contact us at

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We are always on the look out for enthusiastic people how can help us deliver this project successfully. If you have any skills that you think might be helpful, please get in touch.

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