September 18, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
Nobody’s ever complimented me on my handwriting. It’s a skill I’ve been thankful not to have to develop, but I sort of wish that I had. In college, I was often one of only a handful of students taking notes by hand – surrounded by keyboards clicking away…presumably at least sometimes focused on the lecture, rather than facebook. Presumably. Anyway, writing by hand is something I actually like to do, despite my lack of legible penmanship. A pencil has versatility in illustration that a keyboard cannot match. Yesterday’s project made me reflect on how enabling and adaptive a skill like illustration can be; today’s project reminds me that writing by hand is just as flexible and empowering. Today’s project is for the hand-writers.
Sprout is not an ordinary pencil. First: no eraser. Why? Because there’s no such thing as mistakes. Delete nothing. Remember everything. Next: in place of the eraser, there is a seed embedded within the nub of the pencil.
What if instead of throwing your pencil stubs away you could plant them and have them grow into something delicious, beautiful, and fun? What if pencils could grow?
What better way to celebrate a long creative process than by planting a seed to commemorate the pencil which brought form to your ideas? Let’s plant gardens to honor the creative process – let’s plant spent pencils and remember what we spent them on. Back this project before September 19.