Sugar Books – The Project

Back in April I received a little bit of sweetness in the mail…

Playtesters - LeafCutter Designs

Sugar Books – The Project/ Playtesters – LeafCutter Designs

Ya see, some time ago I signed up for Leafcutter Designs‘ “testing group” – Playtesters – developed to enlist feedback on new prototypes that the talented maker Lea Redmond dreams up.  This test was more of a fun challenge to cleverly utilize an item you can purchase on her website – Sugar Books – tiny books made from sugar packets. The premise of the assignment: using Sugar Books as a public service to spread sweetness beyond your beverage! Inside the “Sweet’nLow” book was a simple mission – to make a “sugar drop” in a public place, guerilla-style. But first, I was asked to add a page of advice to make someone’s day a little sweeter (when a dash of the artificial stuff can’t cut it):

What cheers you up when you are feeling low?

What cheers you up when you are feeling low?

My response:

Get Down on the Dance Floor

Get Down on the Dance Floor

I admit, I dragged my feet some scoping out the ideal drop. And, okay, maybe I panicked by stuffing it in the container at a local Vietnamese restaurant. (Ha. How often are you sprinkling sugar on your pho?) In reality, the biggest challenge was finding a locale I frequent that even carries Sweet’nLow – wanted to make sure the book was somewhat of a surprise and not just give up by sticking it to the the side of a jar of agave nectar.

Oh, to think some unsuspecting partaker of sweeteners will be getting a little more than she expected by dipping into that sugar bowl. And hopefully the small missive will inspire the (now dancing) sweetener user to add her own entry and deliver the book to the next public “drop” spot – spreading dump-the-doldrums advice near and far. What a fun challenge. Gets the gears churning for other public art services one can plan… A mini-flute stuffed in a packaged straw!? Ha! Thanks Leafcutter for inviting me to take part in this mission. Looking forward to the next test!

M.G.