projects, retail, anthropologie
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.
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! :)
art, dc, projects, events
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
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!
projects, travel, wanderlust
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. :)