Creating Grace

Hello, Karla Rodriguez here. For my blog post today I’m going to describe my experience working on the Materials module, or to be more exact, Challenge 2 of that module. Challenge 2 is called Constructed Signage and for this challenge me and my group (Lendy C. and Vanessa M.) had to make a word out of up-cycled materials. (For those who don’t know Up-Cycling means to reuse discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.) Specifically a character trait of our school Ann Richards. We thought for a long time and came up with the word graceful but since it was too long a word we shortened it to grace.

We decided to use wood from a crate, Styrofoam from a package, and cardboard from a recycled box(thank you Ms. Mathai). Since we used wood we had to also cut the wood to make them look like actual letters, so we used a lot of saws (jig saw, scroll saw, etc.). I really liked cutting out the letters although the cardboard was though to cut and the Styrofoam took forever to actually look like letter. What I really liked about the challenge though was decorating the letters because this part allowed me to get very creative. I especially liked the “R” I decorated because although you can’t really see it, it is decorated by a lot of circles that were cut from book pages and it just looks really cool. We eventually finished and I think we did a pretty good job. I enjoyed the module and I hope that you guys try it out too.


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