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so fresh and so green green

So far, things seem to be going really swell.
I have the concept of how it moves from flat to working figured out (twist the whole thing into tension and keep it in place with slats, a la traditional flat-packed stuff), and I’m pretty confident in the way I want to package it (seed-impregnated, hand-made paper from cotton rags left over from textile mills [no need to waste tree pulp!], a la a gum-wrapper, with a pull string to open the package). I’m still looking at simplifying and perfecting the shape of the spoon end, and fine-tuning the tines of the fork. I just need to work out the fine fine details (package graphics, hand cut vs. laser cut the spoonfork), actually put it all together (make stuff that works!), find a different wood-substitute (the birch veneer I have right now keeps snapping) and actually finish everything (models, possible 3D models, renderings, boards, plot, sleep and shower before Friday at 12:30).

Point being: I’m really digging my idea, I’m not panicky quite yet, and I have a decent amount of time to ‘knock this out’. Not to mention nothing has gone too terribly wrong yet (minus the wood snapping, and not figuring out how to make a perforated package well – but both not big deals).

Who wants to pre-order some Seedling Silverware? [Name subject to change.]

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Panic, Procrastination, Plants, Plotting, Etc.

I’m panicky, so I’ve been procrastinating – despite having a more solid idea that I actually like (despite it being David’s, originally, and how I feel silly for not being able to think of anything better [all I could contemplate was trying to push people to wear/keep their “sustainable” cutlery around them more, but who wants to wear a spoonfork bracelet that they were just eating curry off of?!]). I have four days to make some magic happen, except now its more like three, but really its like one because I have to work both Tuesday and Thursday night [lame. I need a different job. Suggestions welcome for some sort of job that is more on the weekend-days, and not on the night before projects are due].

Plan:
1. Research the hell out of things tonight
2. Do all sorts of models all day/night tomorrow
3. Have something pretty damn concrete for Wednesday [obvi]
4. Start/get some significant board work done Wednesday night/Thursday morning
5. Plot Thursday night (mid-day if possible, but that’s a long shot)
6. Sleep some
**drink lots of my new hazelnut cream coffee along the way
***pray that the cold gets better, not worse [yeah, right]
Also: manage to somehow clean and organize for the arrival of my parents on Friday for the three day weekend, and find a cute ‘native american’ costume

So, I’m currently researching into/thinking of: herb gardens, plant tags, packaging, fortune cookies, those jokes on popsicle sticks, laser-cutting some flat-pack spoonfork that gets turned/twisted/put/pushed/moved into ‘tension’ to create an actual “spoon” – and I’m playing with some Bristol

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sickkkk

One of the ways that designs are ‘sustainable’ is that they are long-lasting; as in, they remain unchanged and popular for a long long time. I wish that polaroid cameras were more sustainable. I like the idea of instant photographs quite a bit. I’m bummed that buying one now is soo expensive.
I’m also really bummed that I have a cold. I seem to always get one at the beginning of each semester, then one in the middle and one at the end.
I am pleased to announce that this post is coming from my couch, where I FINALLY have wireless [set up by someone much more tech-y than me]!

And finally: Studio is going rather swimmingly thus far. The first project we’re doing is to create an eco-friendly soultion to a ‘personal problem’ we’ve discovered and then researched. I had a hard time coming up with any ‘personal problems’ that weren’t already being done by everyone else or wasn’t crazy tacky until I thought of an alternative for a plastic spoon [because I am wimpy and don’t use metal spoons for my soup]. Now I’m trying to figure out which materials to use, biodegradable starch stuff vs. a quick-to-replace wood, and a way to push the whole product from a combined spoon on one end & fork on the other end to something even bigger/greater/greener than just some really attractive spoonfork.

PS: AS IF TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE – I just found out that Polaroid is srsly dead. They’ve recently announced that they’re officially going to stop making more instant film [ http://www.polaroidshow.com/ ]. So buying a Polaroid instant camera now is a complete waste; that totally ruins the dreams I’ve had since I was a junior in high school when I asked for a Polaroid camera as a present and my parents told me it was becoming obsolete. I mean, duh, digital cameras are “instant”, but I don’t usually print out my pictures because I take too many. Today is such a bum day.

pps: I keep wanting to get done with the roll of film that’s chillin in my Fisheye right now so that I can take all the rolls I’ve shot since I got it in to get developed, but I keep missing the daylight. And I can not bring myself to be wasteful.

What will happen when all film becomes obsolete? Oh man.

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