I had a little trouble picking a solid idea this month. I stumbled across so many different iterations of the word “green” and was inspired by so many different things myself that my brain was buzzing with ideas.
Originally, I wanted to create something very tangible and practical but I think there were so many possibilities that it was hard to choose just one and go with it. Then I came across this tutorial and thought I had found my solution. I was going to make a green alphabet! The idea was simple, kind of practical, and the results would be stunning (or so I thought). I followed the tutorial step-by-step and made a trip to my local hardware store to buy some grass seed. Then I stopped at Blick to pick up some sponges in the shape of letters. I went home that night and dampened the sponges, covered them with grass seed and put them in a sunny place. The only problem in this seemingly fail-proof scheme was that I needed to leave town and go to New York for 4 days. I tried to remain positive and reminded myself that as long as my little letters have enough sun and water, they should be fine. I’ll come home and find a batch of perfect, grassy, green typography.
Well, I probably don’t need to tell you that when I got back, I found a shriveled, dried-up pile of grass seed and sponge. I was going to take a picture for you all but I’ll save you the sad visual.
What I learned from this is that I don’t have a knack with plants and if you’re going to grown a green alphabet, you can’t leave town for New York and expect it to just grow itself.
In lieu of my simple and practical solution, I started thinking more abstractly and came across this wonderful quote by Goethe: “All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.” I was drawn to the quote because it expressed the often troublesome relationship between theory and action, which I think is a very interesting juxtaposition when talking about the green movement.
I still wanted to make this idea really simple and I wanted to use natural materials of some sort. I started photographing my rock collection (the majority of them collected from Lake Michigan) and creating patterns/color palettes with them. I really liked what was happening, so I paired it with the Goethe quote and voila, there was my solution.
I definitely don’t think this project is done and see it more of an experiment that needs to be explored further but time got away from me this time!