dc, projects, retail

Steadfast Supply

Steadfast Supply, a pop-up retail, co-working, and events space, finally opened in southeast DC last week. The brands and companies currently featured include Matine, DeNada Design, Printed Wild, Marcella Kriebel, Be Clean, Harper Macaw Chocolates, Kelly Towles, and more. The project took many months to organize, and I got involved in the last two of those months. I helped Nathan of Nh.d Studio create the fixture package for the space. That means anything that is displaying a product or acting as a work surface is an element that I touched in some way.

I enjoyed working on Steadfast with Nathan. Nathan did almost all of the building, while I focused mainly on finishing and painting. While he had a solid vision of the space, he was open to collaborative discussions and decisions about certain elements of the design. There was some fluidity to the process, and I appreciated being able to use my design brain a bit. 

I also became a total Frog Tape convert. Sorry, blue tape. Just check out the crispness of the lines on those fixtures and you'll see what I mean.

My favorite pieces in the space are the angular wooden pendant lights that Nathan created. I love how that design element repeats in the cash wrap. I also love the white-dipped circular tables with the copper hairpin legs. I kind of want one for myself...

Steadfast Supply is only open until the end of December, so make sure you stop by before it goes away! It is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-6 at Arris DC. Check out Steadfast Supply's website for more details. Make sure to follow Steadfast on Instagram at @steadfastsupplydc so you can stay up to date on the latest happenings!

*All photos by Dim Sum Media

retail, projects, dc

Paper airplane installation at Marriott International HQ

Happy autumn and happy Tuesday!

I've just added a new page for my latest project, which was a very fun interactive installation at Marriott International's headquarters in Bethesda, MD. I created the installation over 3 days with the help of many Marriott employees. Please check out more photos of and more details about the installation right here.

I'm also pleased to announce that Steadfast Supply opened its doors to the public last Friday! I'll be sharing some more photos soon. Steadfast is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10-6 at Arris, right by the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.

So, it's nearly October...

Ok, so I definitely didn't fall off the face of the earth, promise. Somehow nine months just flew by, and this is my first blog post since January. This is also the first time I've updated my website since then...whoops! I edited down some of my projects, added new projects, and cleaned up the navigation a bit - please take a look around!

2016 has been really great to me, overall. This month marks my first year of freelancing full-time. It definitely hasn't been easy, but the experience has been so rewarding. I have learned so much and met so many wonderful people. I know these are pretty typical things to say about starting out freelancing, but it's true. I've worked hard, but I am also fortunate enough to say that I've been pretty lucky as well.

Some really fun projects came my way: earlier in the year I got to work on my second Emporiyum, and I also designed and fabricated an installation for the DC Public Library. More recently, I've been helping put together Steadfast Supply, which is this insanely awesome marketplace/event venue/co-working space that's opening TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY. I've had the pleasure of assisting Nh.d Studio fabricate the fixture package for the entire space. I cannot wait to see it all merchandised with art, clothing, beauty items, and more. Mark your calendars - October 7 is when it happens. 

Here are a few progress shots from Steadfast Supply to get you excited:

anthropologie

and here we are, 2016!

well hello 2016! that last bit of 2015 went by quickly. i was planning on posting an end-of-year recap, but now that we're five days into the new year it seems kind of silly at this point! however, above are my 9 most popular instagrams of 2015, and it sums up my year pretty well! anthropologie displays, my bjork mini-costume (a personal project), *HANDS* for kate zaremba's photo backdrop for a brightest young things event, the studio from artomatic, a vignette from wanderlust, and...me goofing off with my ukulele on my birthday last year. ;)

 let's get this new year full of goals and and plans of kickass-ness started!

there are so many new fun ventures and pathways that i'm hoping to pursue this year. i don't want to mention them all yet, because they're still taking shape - i'm not quite sure where they're all going to go, or even if they all will be priorities in 2016. however, here are a few things:

1. kick it into high gear with new freelance projects. i want to design a backdrop for your wedding. i want to make a window display for your store. i want to deck out your themed party with awesome decor. got a fun project coming up? i'd love to collaborate!

2. make my website more informative. my portfolio site was a great start for when i left anthropologie in may of last year. however, things have changed quickly and i want to be able to better communicate what kinds of skills i have and services i offer.

3. do more/post more drawings and illustrations. i'm hoping to incorporate some studio art projects into my lineup this year. :)

i hope everyone had a lovely time off during the holidays and hope your 2016 is totally stellar!

dc, events, projects

cup display at emporiyum

last weekend in dc provided lots of opportunity for fun at a variety of unique events. one that i was excited to attend AND be involved with was the emporiyum at union market's dock5 space. have you heard of it? it's a market that showcases over 90 vendors of artisan, hand-crafted, small-batch food and beverage products. dude! it was so amazing. i ate and drank myself into complete and utter bliss.

i was so honored to be asked to make a custom display for their giant outdoor tent. my inspiration came from the things we use to eat and drink. how could i turn ubiquitous items like utensils, cups and plates into something beautiful?

i settled on cups and we worked out this idea of "cup clusters." and then the gluing commenced! this display uses 1,333 paper cups, and i hand-painted the interior rims. i chose a warm color palette for the cups and rims that felt festive and versatile but also related to autumn and the upcoming holiday season.

i'm looking to work on more events like the emporiyum, so if you have something coming up, please contact me! i'd love the opportunity to work with you!


projects, retail, anthropologie

throwback thursday: anthropologie holiday window

it's about that time of year where retail windows for the holiday season start popping up. the holiday season is the busiest time of year for retailers, so windows and displays during this time are even more important than normal. i've heard that some retailers spend all year designing and making their holiday displays. that's crazy to think about, isn't it? for my first "throwback thursday" blog post, i thought i'd share the holiday window i did for anthropologie last year, with a little more insight into the design and process.

the idea behind the holiday 2014 windows was to create a whimsical wintry scene involving greenery, snow, and, most importantly, birds! designs at a majority of anthropologie stores ended up being large wreaths that were decorated with handmade fruits, ornaments, and presents. however, the window i was responsible for is very long and narrow, so something round wasn't necessarily going to work in there. we ended up deciding to make an espalier-inspired tree, and the wintry scene was inspired by the twelve days of christmas's most repeated line, "a partridge in a pear tree."

here are some progress shots. everything you see here is made out of paper and fabric! that's not including the real branches that make up the tree trunk, of course (which, yes, we did forage for on our own!). the birds took me an entire week to make, and they're one of my favorite things i ever made while at anthropologie. many hands went into the making of this window - for example, my friend michelle assembled the tree trunk while i installed all the greenery and birds.

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we had some greenery and pears left over (it's always good to overprepare!) so we decided to add a little holiday flourish on our logo outside the main entrance.

also, fun fact: i turned this window into my personal christmas card! i did an illustration of it and printed it on cardstock to send holiday messages to my friends and family.

it was a labor of love and i hope sharing this with you has helped you get into the holiday spirit. i'm curious, where have you seen some really cool holiday windows this year? let me know in the comments! :)

projects, retail, dc

autumn windows at tranquil space

hello there and happy monday! here's another project i worked on in october. i designed and installed a simple autumnal window display at tranquil space yoga studio in dupont circle.

tranquil space is a really special yoga studio. the atmosphere is welcoming, positive, familial, and supportive. the space has an eclectic style, mixing raw brick , patterned wallpaper, old textured wood, and crystal chandeliers. not your typical yoga studio decor! when you first walk in there's a small boutique space, followed by a community area where they provide complimentary tea and cookies. they have multiple studio spaces where all levels of yoga are taught throughout the day. all of these wonderful things made me so excited to be able to work with them.

the ladies who run the yoga studio wanted something warm, inviting, and a nod to fall without using leaves. the available budget was also on the smaller side, so we worked together to figure out a creative solution. i found them some inspiration images of pretty paper garlands, and they loved this direction.

this display combines four paper punches to create the two designs used to make the garlands. i spent one mellow day punching the paper and threading the pieces onto the garland, and only a couple hours installing the window.

the materials are simple, the time investment was minimal, the budget was small, but the impact is BIG.

art, dc, projects, events

the studio: installation at artomatic 2015

wow, i can't believe it's november already!!! october was an outrageously crazy month for me. i was working on quite a few projects that i'm now going to begin sharing with you, starting here with my installation for artomatic 2015. prepare for some royal blue overload!

artomatic is really wonderful public art program that happens in the dc area every few years. i had wanted to participate in artomatic since i attended the 2012 event in crystal city. when the 2015 event was announced, i was stoked! i immediately signed up along with my boyfriend, jeff, who is a sound designer and composer. we decided to collaborate on an installation, which amazingly is only our first collaboration.

from the beginning i knew i really wanted to do a large scale drawing. i have always been drawn (pun!) to large installations of that nature, especially the work of charlotte mann. i haven't had the opportunity to see her work in person, but just the photographs alone blow me away. so jeff and i talked and we decided to create representation of a room, and we narrowed it down to an artist's studio. hence our title, "the studio."

jeff got to work composing a soundscape that would infinitely loop throughout the exhibit, while i got to work on designing the mural. it was a fun challenge. it unintentionally became an exercise in designing my own little dream studio, which made it even more enjoyable!

we also wanted the installation to be interactive in some way. so we chose four objects in the room that jeff designed unique sounds for. then jeff installed buttons that viewers could press to activate those sounds, thus changing the soundscape and impacting the environment. the typewriter in the photo above is one of the examples. i'm not going to get too into the technical specifics, but for anyone wondering: he used a raspberry pi and programmed it in python.

we're really happy with the results, and hope you can make it out to see it in person! if you want to check it out, along with the work of so many other talented artists, head on over to artomatic 2015: 8100 corporate drive, hyattsville, md. there's a complimentary shuttle to and from the new carrollton metro station. it's FREE, open NOW and until december 12!

projects, wanderlust, art, dc

fly-by september...

hello there! wow, this month started out slow but picked up really quickly. i'm thankful for that. everyday i'm learning new lessons about being a freelance artist and designer. there is so much to balance - current work vs. future work, creativity vs. business, marketing vs. creating, and more. it's been really rewarding.

i picked up my paintbrushes and started a personal painting practice for the first time in i don't know how long. the painting i'm working on is not quite done - so i'm not sharing it yet - but let's just say i was inspired by all the tomatoes we harvested from our garden. :)

last week was a crazy non-stop ride. i worked full days from last saturday to this friday. saturday and sunday i worked for wanderlust - their 108 event came to dc! i prototyped a decorative covering for these water tanks they use as weights for the yogaslackers. not sure if we're gonna go through with it but it was still a fun project!

then on monday i started working with swatchroom. they're a design and fabrication firm located in the shaw neighborhood of dc. i'm going to be doing some finishing work for them on a freelance basis! finishing, at least this week, means anything inbetween spray painting a traffic stoplight and helping distress a bright red hardwood floor with rocks. i may have the opportunity to work on some murals, which really excites me!

and yesterday i made my way over to union market to check out crafty bastards! i meant to go last year, but i ended up working on the sabra hummus project. (which was totally awesome!) this year, my calendar was open. i saw so many local and national makers, artists and curators. i picked up a few things of my own.

the test print is from the wild wander co., the "aimless wandering" print is from snarky scouts, and the earrings are from bird of virtue. how funny is that merit badge? she uses actual vintage girl scout and boy scout patches and turns them into new "awards."

well, these next few weeks are going to be pretty intense. i'm working on proposals for a couple projects, as well as continuing to work for swatchroom. whew! what does your october look like? let me know in the comments!

the end of my wanderlust summer

all good things must come to an end. that's what they always say, right? well, my summer with wanderlust came to a close a couple weeks ago after a fun, crazy, and successful season. i am so grateful for the experience. i took a risk leaving a full time job, not knowing what the outcome of this opportunity would be. in the end it turned out to be a great decision. the people i met, the places i saw, and the collaboration i was a part of were truly wonderful life and career experiences. i look forward to more opportunities to be a part of the wanderlust team in the future. :)

if you're into yoga, running and meditation, you should check out their 108 events. the festival season is over, sure, but now they have a whole lineup of spectacular one-day events. they are hosting events in brooklyn, dc, miami, atlanta, nashville, and houston. if you're in dc, you might see me there!

as for what's next for me, i'm working on curating a series of freelance artistic & creative projects for myself. i've been home for about two weeks, and the amount of creative people i've already met and talked to have been truly inspiring. i've been helping out my friend brian with the scenic art for his show truth and beauty bombs: a softer world with rorschach theatre, and i can't wait to see what else will come in the next few months.

what do you have planned for this autumn? i'd love to know!

wanderlust in whistler

photo by kaleidoscopa on Instagram

Wanderlust in Whistler, BC was wonderful! It was a very chill festival in a totally gorgeous setting. The mountains there, while not the tallest I've seen this summer, were the MOST EPIC. And the entire village of Whistler was almost like a mini Disney World. The above photo is a great capture of one of our triangles - found via the #wanderlust2015 hashtag on Instagram. If you're interested in seeing a ton more photos from the events, check out that hashtag, as well as #wanderlustfestival and #findyourtruenorth.

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Here I am being a total tourist. But come on, how can you not - with that view? BOOM.

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On the last day, as a thanks for such a great time, the TAG team took us ziplining! I had never done it before and was admittedly nervous. The zipline there is apparently the highest in the USA and Canada. We were over 600' above the valley on the first two lines. And those two lines were almost a mile long!

I've been home in DC for a week now - which is, crazily, the longest time I've spent in my new apartment since we moved in at the end of May! I leave for the LAST (sad face) Wanderlust on Monday. It has been a great experience and I can't wait to see where we go in the future.

wanderlust in squaw valley

I’ve now got four Wanderlust festivals under my belt. The locations keep getting more gorgeous! I returned home from Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in North Lake Tahoe, CA a few days ago. This was by far the most picturesque location (though Aspen follows closely behind!).

Between the flower arranging and pillow placements I was able to escape to see some of the landscape. I drove about an hour and a half from Squaw Valley to Nevada City, CA to pick up these AMAZING flowers from the Soil Sisters. We used these to make over 30 arrangements for our classrooms and Farm to Table event!  

I need to be better about taking photographs of the classrooms! This is the only shot I have from Squaw. This was the setup for our venue called the Greatest Place, which was the largest venue (600 yogis at capacity! Crazy!) The wooden centerpiece was designed by Michael Byrnes and Sarah & I curated the rugs, pillows, and candles.

Here’s Sarah, Stephanie and I with Cameron, mastermind at Saint Clair Jewelry. She was one of the vendors selling her goods the Rue Boheme market! I picked up a few treats for myself to add to my growing Saint Clair collection. :)

On the last day, I had some time to drive to Lake Tahoe and experience it. The water was pretty cold so I didn’t jump in, but the beauty of the lake and landscape justified the trip on its own!

I found these stones stacked like this on the beach — appropriately zen for a yoga festival, right?

 

projects, travel, wanderlust

wanderlust in aspen

Happy belated Independence Day! I spent my Fourth of July with Wanderlust in the unreal mountains of Aspen-Snowmass. All of the places I've been so far have been beautiful, but Aspen is another animal. I was astounded by the landscape! I was also feeling like a weakling adjusting to the higher altitude, haha. Ascending stairs was definitely a challenge! 

Wanderlust threw an Independence Day barbecue called Charcoal & Hops, which featured locally sourced food and beer. It took place on a hill overlooking lower Snowmass Village, the main stage where Moby was to perform later in the evening, and of course the mountains in the distance. My fearless leader Sarah had the idea to dye seven large painters drop cloths with indigo to act as picnic blankets and a photo booth backdrop. So that's what I did under the night sky in the middle of a gravel lot, with foxes and moles surely scurrying by me. It's an experience that will be difficult to replicate. 

The entire festival went over well! I had some time to kill on my travel day out, so I forked over $20 to ride the gondola and ski lift all the way to the top of Snowmass Mountain. Best $20 I've spent this year! The view was magnificent. It made me sad to leave Aspen. I plan on going back someday. 

Tomorrow I'm off to Squaw Valley, CA! So pumped to see Lake Tahoe for the first time. Ciao. :)

travel, wanderlust

a new adventure

as some of you already know, i recently left my position at anthropologie to embark on a new adventure. i am spending this hot bright summer traveling with wanderlust yoga festival as their festival experience coordinator. i've been wrangling all decorative accents and props for their classrooms and food & beverage events. the festival season includes six locations in the united states and canada. here are some iphone snaps from the two festivals i already have under my belt: west virginia and vermont. i'm off to aspen, colorado tomorrow for festival #3!

first up are some photos from snowshoe, wv. i did quite a bit of sign painting- two signs each for our ticket and info booth, called the compass, as well as our new true north cafe by toms. for our farm to table dinner, i arranged flowers and curated + styled the decor. (all art designed by ryan lemere)

and here's a couple shots from stratton, vermont. the sunrise on my first day was particularly beautiful (and at 5 am - OY). the second photo is of one of the triangle altars in the yoga classrooms. the triangles were designed and fabricated by michael byrnes, and the decor was styled by me and my partna', sarah. the wood chips are drink tokens! aren't they adorable? i think they'll make cute necklaces at the end of the season! and the last photo is just for a laugh - that was my main mode of transportation (besides my trusty feet) while distributing decor throughout the resort. that's how golf carts are supposed to be used, right?