The Plant Project is cumulation of everything I've learned throughout my four years at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
The goal of this project is to improve the relationship between people and their plants. Most people are afraid of killing their plants and that fear prohibits them from having any relationship with plants at all. I'd like to address this issue by providing people with a space that acts as a support network for the care and maintenance of their plants.
The Gardening Centre
I started off the community based side of things for this project by creating The Gardening Centre. A space where people would have access to the tools they need to take care of their plants. This space has been very successful so far and has helped a lot of people take better care of their plants.
What I discovered through this centre was that people not only need access to the tools, they also need access to knowledge.
After getting a better idea of my goals and the problem space I started doing some drawings and research.
Photograph from one of the plant workshops
This event went very well. I gave every plant a personality based on their traits and each participant was asked to adopt a plant similar to themselves. Each person was given a plant adoption card with care instructions on it and was guided through the process of repotting their new friend.
I began playing around with the shapes of the tools we currently own, looking to create interest in the tools which some may have seen as mundane before.
Making Tools Toys
Some prototypes I created that were inspired by making tools toys. I am in the process of discovering what people need from the tools so that they feel less intimidated by them.