Defying the distance: Sustainable letters for loved ones

Are you self-isolating or feeling disconnected because of the pandemic? Join our session making seed paper to create a plantable message and get reconnected.

This session aims to provoke consideration of how we can adapt our approaches to showing care across the current climate, which critically involves the obstacle of distance. The activity, which will involve creating seed paper, then crafting it into a letter to send to someone you care about, implicates care on multiple levels: from person to planet. It embodies sustainability through reducing waste by reusing and recycling paper. Further, both you, through investing your time to produce a gift, and your recipient, through planting and nurturing the seeds, practice care. Whilst undertaking the creative process, we will also discuss guidance and tips for combatting loneliness.

Equipment you will need for the session:

  • Scraps of paper (newspaper, junk mail, recycled paper)
  • Large bowl
  • Framed mesh grid 
  • Wildflower seeds
  • Blender/whisk
  • Water
  • Sponge/kitchen roll
  • Towel
  • Embellishments e.g. flower petals (optional)

Where possible please provide these materials yourself, but if you need help sourcing the equipment, please reach out to us at:


Emily Brewer (BA Art and Psychology) and Gabija Mieliauskaite (BA Art and Psychology), Reading School of Art

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Join

Defying the distance: Sustainable letters for loved ones

A workshop-based session of crafting seed paper to create plantable messages

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