This week I received some helpful feedback during demo day and from meeting with Mark:
- Add a photo from the plant the cuttings are from to make the story easier to see
- What is the origin of the parent plant (where the cuttings are from)?
Originstory of the culture it’s from originally could make the project richer. Also, the plantspeople keep in their homes are originally from other places (often) and it’s like a community of immigrants, much like NYC.
- Work on my documentation–getting better shots through posing and making sure to get before and after on the train. Try to capture the break in the tension of the train and the sense of community and joy that happens.
- Put “free plants” signs on my cart so it’s very clear that I am not asking for money.
Yesterday and today I did more plant therapy sessions on the subway. I added stickers to the cups I’m using to try to get people to post more photos of the plants they take away on Instagram so we can see how they’re doing. I also updated the plant markers with typed versions of the copy that was previously on it and included a photo of the parent plant (in this case, Stevie). I added “free plants” signs and looked up where pothos plants come from as that is the type of plant I’ve been using for cuttings. They originated from islands in the South Pacific but is now wild in many tropical countries, often found in parts of East Asia. My boyfriend has been documenting for me and we switched from photos to videos so that he can capture all the moments, which I will take stills from. I’m still going through all the footage but from a preliminary standpoint, I think we got some good stuff.
Stevie, my pothos plant is getting slim from all the cuttings I’ve been doing so I’m going to try to germinate some seeds this week and give those out on the train instead. Mark recommended I try to do a stationary session during rush hour somewhere and hand out plants instead of having people plant them themselves. It will be an interesting experiment to see how many people want freshly sprouted flowers, basil, and green beans.
I also created a spreadsheet in order to track how many people participate and how many Instagram followers I get from the therapy sessions. Here is a link to the spreadsheet.