When my at-home test trials for homemade SNL-inspired, blinged out fidget spinners failed (quite miserably), I had to rethink the intentions for my Maker Studio project. I originally wanted to do something comical and timely, but then I shifted my project’s purpose to something more lasting and useful. I still wanted to offer the stress-relieving benefits of a spinner, while at the same time making something inspiring and lasting. And nothing says inspiring, lasting and stress-relieving than bringing nature into the office. So I bought a bunch of succulent plants, along with mini glass vases, plotting soil, neon green stones, multi-colored marbles, glitter glue, stickers and other doodads, and let the brilliant minds that make up this office go to work. The result was an artful array of micro-gardens that now sit on the desks of ThoughtMatter, reflecting the many aesthetics and styles that make up our team.
This summer at ThoughtMatter, we’re ending every week with a “Maker Studio Friday” activity. During each session, a different studio member leads us through a hands–on activity that results in each of us having made something with our hands and minds. The activities help us keep our minds open, and pushes us to create better and more innovative work for our clients.