Window Boxes as Small Nature Spaces
After my first attempt at trying to find new nature in the Local Universe, I reflected an realised I was once again looking at wild nature which is what I did for my previous edition project. I thought that maybe I should instead look at the opposite of wild nature, and observe nature that is tame. Controlled by man and used decoratively.
Visual Research and Documentation
With this in mind, I ventured out again into the mundane streets of East London trying to find examples of where plants are used by man. I thought it would be quite difficult to find what I was looking for but once I started walking around and looking hard, there were examples EVERYWHERE.
Here are some of the images I captured:
I was intrigued by my findings because London is such a bustling city where many people don’t have access to green space such as a garden to plant to their hearts content, yet somehow these small nature spaces in the form of window boxes are everywhere. And they’re still somewhat wild looking but the fact they were decidedly placed in front of windows and doors decoratively signifies human control.
Sketching and Moulding Research to Souvenir Brief
Taking these visuals and sketching in my sketchbook, I began playing with the possibilities of what my souvenir could be. I considered a publication that exposed these small nature spaces and the windows they belong to but thinking about this, I knew I had to be vigilant and avoid doing something similar to what I did for my Urban Botany Edition. So I thought about concertinas and flaps and fold outs that could possibly make the publication interactive. But the possibilities were endless and frustrated me to think about, so I thought about drawing from my visuals hoping that would steer me in the direction of coming up with and idea for a final outcome to work towards.