Monday, July 24, 2006

whoosh!

Hey, it's Steph. Today, we got a visit from Rachel, who is a designer of some sort. Part of her profession is to observe how people use things as opposed to the way they were designed to be used. With her observations, she designs those objects in a way to that'll make them more useful, or easier to use. That's pretty much what the park group is supposed to do with Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The garden group started designing posters/fliers to advertise for the dirt days at the P.S. 134 community garden. We made a few drafts for the fliers. Then, Alex said we could make stamps that say "Harvest Me!" with an image of a peach. We made a big one for bigger sheets of paper and a small one for postcards that we could hand out to people walking by on the street. The stamps were cool, even though they were hard to make. When we tried them out with paint, we found that the print came out better if we used paint brushes instead of ink rollers. The prints we made with the ink rollers weren't as clear as the ones we made with the paint brushes. With the paint brushes, we were able to put paint on just the words and image. With the ink rollers, paint got all over the stamp block, even in places we didn't want it to. A lot of excess paint was in the spaces between the letters of the words, too. It was hard to clean. While we were finishing up the stamps, the park group went out to the garden. They watered the plants and swept the floor -- the regular stuff. That was pretty much it for the day. Bye bye, kiddies!

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