BUILDING AND MAKING

These were the boxes I used for the R&D and I based the ones for // SEED on this. 

‘...this attention to detail comes from having the creative fellowship at University of Glasgow. I was really encouraged to ask and answer the “why?” question all the time. Why does the bowl I mix the Frankincense and sweet almond oil in have to be this particular piece of ceramic?...’

Adrian Howells, interview with Dominic Johnson (It’s All Allowed, p.111)

Bag underneath is plastic so soil arrives with a damp, cool texture felt when handled during encounter

Hessian bags intended for soil but caused it to dry out. Used as a wrap to maintain natural feel of the box and suggest gifting. Can be used as a mat to keep surface clean  

Pots are plastic so roots don’t grow out and the plants stay manageable size to look after

Envelope contains printed cards for after-care. Style and colour is the same as stickers to retain consistent sceneography

Seed envelopes handmade from pages of book on women’s poetry 

Stickers on envelopes matches scenography of website and cards  

Box is wooden and sustainably produced. // SEED logo is lino cut print to feel homemade and crafted with care mirroring the care for participants during the encounter

Wooden stakes are compostible and unlabelled so participants feel ownership over task and seeds

I lino printed the // SEED logo onto the wooden boxes as a reminder of the encounter. I used lino printing because it had a home-made/imperfect feel, echoing the sense that the encounter is open, messy, raw and context-dependent.

My house was taken over by the production and 

performance of the show. Here is my living room 

(upstairs became the set.)

I decided to make the seed packets myself from the pages of a book of poetry. I wanted to used recycled materials as much as possible, as well emphasise the story telling aspect of the encounter. 

I was inspired by this sign in the window of a local vintage clothes shop. 

I was inspired by this sign in the window of a local vintage clothes shop.