I know I’ve been saying this for the past few posts, probably with different wording each time, but… Wow, time flies. It’s been about three and a half months since I first found a mentor, but surprisingly, it didn’t feel like a long time at all. As the title so “subtly” indicates, this will be my final post on my in depth project for the 2013-2014 school year. There are still things that I have to finish (like the rest of the flowers and my final cross-stitch project). This post, however, will mainly be focusing on the plan for my learning centre.
My learning centre will obviously include displays of various cross-stitch projects as well as the silk flowers I’ve been working on. The cross-stitch projects include a mini heart phone chain, an upright upside down “福” (Fú) character (yes, this seems confusing: “upright upside down”… this will be explained), and an iPhone case that hopefully gets finished on time (I’m working on it, it’s cool). As for the flowers, I’ve decided to just use one single vase. This will make things a lot neater and simpler, because I don’t want a bunch of flowers laying around my learning centre. To answer questions from my last in depth post, I think it will be a good idea to tie the stems together before releasing them into the vase when we set up. This will cause the least damage to the silk flowers, and should save storage space as well. I imagine the readjusting time will decrease greatly as well, I simply need to add some finishing touches so it looks natural as a whole.
I will need one table for my project, preferably a chair as well. It would be great if my assigned area wasn’t near a windy place, as my materials may get blown away. I won’t be using electronics, so I won’t need a power outlet. I am still debating whether or not I should use a poster board to present my information (it does seem a tiny bit boring). If I do happen to use a poster board, then it will be a small one and only used for my cross-stitching projects. I plan to place my cross-stitching projects on one side of the table with the flowers on the other end. The middle of the table will be clear of projects so I can demonstrate the procedures of making the legendary silk flowers. A lot of the tools I use will also be on display, so the audience can realize this is a long process that uses many, many tools and materials. I’m not sure about actually teaching people to make the silk flowers, because there may safety issues with using pincer pliers and thin wires. They should, however, be equally interested in watching me demonstrate. I am also considering making sample flowers to hand out as “souvenirs” if I have the time to make them.
As of now, it’s a no go, because a lot is happening on my schedule… but… you never know…
Overall, I envision this event to be extremely successful. I am getting very excited to finally show everyone what I’ve been working on for the past few months. Last year’s In-Depth Night was incredibly memorable, and I wasn’t even directly involved in the vent. With all the planning that’s already happening, I just know it will be perfect and fun!