Potrero Puzzler and Cootie Catchers

Potrero Puzzler and Cootie Catcher


Potrero Puzzler: Art for Check-out from the Library, 2013
Aren’t games a great way to relax and let our imaginations loose? Cootie Catchers are a great way to build and reveal stories. What would you like to see in your neighborhood? We made the Potrero Puzzler so that neighbors could play, learn, and imagine together the future of their Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco neighborhood. Speaking to activists on Potrero Hill, we found some in conversation about preserving the historic site of the Pacific Rolling Mill through creative reuse. On the south east side of the hill, REBUILD Potrero is working to recreate public housing and dramatic construction is scheduled for the eastern base of the hill A little about the past and a lot about the future, The Potrero Puzzler was originally made for the exhibition from From Steel to Wheels at the Potrero Hill Library in Spring, 2013. The Potrero Puzzler cootie catcher comes in 3 sizes. Giant, for 2 people; adult/family; and kid size.

Play with Us: Unfold Stories, Book and Wheel Works and Alisa Messer
Sustaining Place Series, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2015
Exhibition: Conceiving Place, Mabel Negrete

As curators of Sustaining Place, a series on how to sustain an authentic San Francisco we offered the workshop Play with Us: Unfold Stories. Drawing from the Potrero Puzzler, we collaborated with Alisa Messer to devise cootie catcher steps for telling stories lots of different ways—using questions, fortunes, and visual devices. Participants started with a large silk screened print and worksheet and made beautiful, imaginative cootie catchers—each different and wonderful.

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