Hello AdVenturers! I’m back and a lot has happened in these past two weeks! First, in most exciting news, we visited Pam Powell at her place of work, the ACC woodworking lab and amazing place for geniuses and learners. How grand! We learned a lot about important power tools, we built beautiful tool boxes, and they gave us each a sanding block, which make sanding an absolute joy! Also, we all wore safety goggles, which was nice, and we all rode the city bus back to school in our safety goggles with our tool boxes. It was so much fun and we learned so much! In other news, Mariah and Matt of Comet Camper are arriving on Monday and we can’t wait for them to help us and advise us using their endless construction and green living wisdom! I talked to last year’s sophomores about Comet Camper’s visit and they praised Mariah and Matt endlessly. So we are excited about that. Additionally, we are onto the building and design phase of the project, which is easily the most fun part. By a lot. The construction, cleaning, safety goggles, power tools, and WD-40 are so much fun and so exotic! I am especially in love with the design board portion (more on this later) and Hancock Fabrics. Here’s a picture of our class cleaning the Whale’s interior.
Here’s a picture of Itzel and Abby working on building sawhorses. They did an admirable job, I must say.
As for our design boards, each group has to choose a theme, an inspiration object, some paint swatches, some fabric samples, and anything else that will fit on a relatively small piece of plywood to communicate their idea. Erf and I had a real time of it trying to settle on a theme name. We knew we wanted something with Morocco, but we were torn between something like Modern Morocco and something like Cozy Moroccan. Later, we realized neither was right. Around this time, I did some research on Morocco and the whole look associated with it. I think people assume it to be simply the traditional, North Africa-India-warm colorful look. But it’s much more complex than that. It has the warm colors of North Africa and the general warm, welcoming feeling, but Morocco was colonized by the French in the early 1910s. So it’s a perfect fusion of that cozy, comforting feel mixed with the clean lines and simple look of the French! After looking at all these pictures of interior design in Morocco and Moroccan street vendors and dishes of food, I realized that our theme had to convey both the exotic African feeling, but also the clean white and blue crispness of Europe. So we came up with Hotel Morocco for our theme! I looked at some old photos of French Morocco and they make it look luxurious and unusual, but also calming and welcoming!
Once we had our theme, we selected a white board, since that is our idea for interior paint. Then, this weekend, we went to a bead store near my house to get a few little trinkets to show the intricate beauties of Hotel Morocco against a plain, white, simple board. We were picturing traditional blue French Cafe writing surrounded in bright little beads and dangly objects. So now all that’s left is putting together our board! We love the totally unique fusion and feeling of Morocco and hope the teachers do too! Farewell for a few weeks!