First installment in my new Stationary Series!
Quick peek at my recent window. Total Valentine Love Fest! Plenty more photos to come.
It’s no secret, I have always had an affinity for black. More than a default, I have held a strong belief; not only is black my color but the world would look so much more appealing if appliances would just stick to a standard matte black instead of the all pervading satin nickel. Black dominates my wardrobe, with black jeans as my staple and black lace finding its way into every outfit. Even my MacBook sports a matte black “jacket”. But, in the start of 2012, something changed.
It all started in February when I purchased my first iPhone. When faced with the choice of black or white, I surprised myself, I chose white. At the time I was living in a sweet country cottage, though small it was literally lined with windows all pre-adorned with vintage white lace curtains which created an open and spacious ambiance. The curtains were the backdrop to my life and also my photos, they left quite an impression on me. Slowly, white was no longer confined to my bedding and walls, it was beginning to appear in my closet. In the summer I loved the weightlessness associated with sheer white tops and with the approach of fall I continued to collect what I like to call winter white. In silk, lace and crochet, loose knits, and sheer chiffon all evoke this soft snowy feel I cant get enough of.
So when Lovin’ Oven called to ask if I would make a winter window, my palate was born without hesitation. I embraced the subtle shades of white and barely pastel shades of drawing paper. I gathered off white paints, and began coating a collection of jungle animals and toy dinosaurs.
My idea was to create a winter wonderland scene full of hidden creatures and treasures. I would challenge the guests waiting to be seated with a game of I-Spy. My initial inspiration was drawn from a a fuzzy memory of a page from the I-Spy Christmas book. For weeks, I folded paper crystals, painted animal figures, gold leafed natures curiosities (including a gall) and collected cans of artificial snow.
The day before my install I snatched the pre-existing tree branches (used in my spring and summer window) and gave them a nice matte white paint job. As a finishing touch I coated the base of the branches with flakes of Mica glitter to give them an icy crust. I installed the window the day before Thanksgiving, luckily for me business was slow so I had plenty of space and time to allow the window to unfold organically. I had a ball during the install; hiding the white animals in the branches with my hot glue gun, and making the snowy floor sparkle with hand-fulls of glitter. The night closed perfectly with an amazing meal courtesy of the Oven! A warm kale salad with roasted onions and carrots tossed with pistachios, dried cherries and a maple vinaigrette, and handmade gnocci with gorgonzola cream sauce and fried sage. Divine!
The most challenging part of the window was actually the poster listing the hidden objects. I have been working on my hand lettering skills and felt a lot of pressure to hand draw a perfect poster with an illustrated border. After a week of tweaking and some help on photoshop, I am very pleased with the final poster which I had printed on light blue paper and posted near the window.
Below is a slide show documenting my process and evolution. I am so pleased with the final result and yet totally excited about modifying it for Valentines Day!
The murder mystery of Laura Palmer is perhaps the only murder mystery I have caught myself obsessing over. Twin Peaks spoiled me with countless slices of cherry pie, fresh pots of steaming coffee, rich assortments of morning donuts and the most adorable, charismatic, FBI special agent character to date, Dale Cooper. This in a series whose wardrobe unlocks the perfect blend of 90′s fashion nostalgia with school girl plaid skirts, satin teddies, bouffants, and thick wool flannel shirts.
That said, when the Philadelphia Weekly prominently featured David Lynch’s name on the cover I felt an uncontrollable magnetism to find out why.
Apparently, David Lynch lived in Philadelphia for art school, and some believe that the Callowhill neighborhood also sometimes referred to as Eraserhood, where he resided, is responsible for some of the eerie, campy, creepy, themes prominently featured in his work.
This past Friday PhilaMOCA held an opening event for Eraserhood, Forever; a David Lynch themed art show. The historic Mausoleum hosted hundreds of Philadelphia’s art enthusiasts who all share the strong appreciation of Lynch’s definitive style of comedic horror.
Despite the rocky opening acts that my roommate described as summer camp sketch comedy, our presence (and $10 cover charge) was greatly rewarded with hilarious Lynch inspired commercials, a Laura Palmer burlesque, and a jaw dropping set by my new sound fascination, Void Vision; Haunting, atmospheric one-woman electronica from Philly.
I left the event with a renewed faith in the art scene here in Philadelphia and enthusiasm to share my experience.
Here is a little taste of Void Vision closing their set with an amazing cover of Twin Peaks’ theme song!
You can view many more photos from the event here
So much is happening, this post is long over due!
Quick fill in, I moved to Philadelphia, quit my jobs and started pursuing positions as a window dresser in the city! I am most excited about a potential Visual Display Artist position with Free People! After stalking the job listing site for months, they finally posted my dream job! The timing couldn’t be more perfect and so many things about my move to the city feel wonderfully auspicious. Fingers crossed, and full of excitement!
Rewind one month: I am thrilled to say the pinatas really found a new height with the Spring Window project. After staring at a blank bunny armature for a few days decided I wanted to incorporate my love for geometric pattern and celebrate the bright colors of spring. Soon after I sketched out a plan and chose my color palate, I was held up by a nasty spring cold; after a day in bed though the bunny found it’s way in with me and my bed soon looked like a confetti party!
With the use of Pinterest, I explored the endless Easter-egg possibilities. For 12 breakfasts in a row, I hollowed out an egg using this awesome little German kit, Blas Fix. If you know me, you know my eggs are local, cage free, happy hen, brown and various other hue eggs. After filling a bowl with the happy eggs and living with them on my kitchen table it was clear to me I had to find a way to preserve the natural beauty of the eggs. The decision to use glitter was pretty much a no brainer (my mom still buys me the grocery store glitter-egg kit every spring). Considering the bright colors of the Bunny Pinata, I chose gold glitter for a subtle sparkle, maintaining an air of class within a theme that can so often turn out cheesy.
As for the giant white eggs, they are actually eggs from our former pet geese! My mom hollowed them out years ago and I have literally been schlepping these incredibly delicate eggs around waiting for the right project to strike.
After discussing my plans with Carolyn, my good friend and manager of Lovin’ Oven, she gave me the fantastic idea of making carrot pinatas! Since this is a restaurant window, the carrot idea really completed the project in my mind. After all, the purpose of window dressing is to market; in addition to creating an inviting and memorable atmosphere.
Despite my extremely agnostic beliefs, Easter provided a great theme to launch my creativity in a new direction, I really enjoy taking something typically so kitsch and try turning it into something that exhibits taste, beauty and good design.
Gabriel Franklin, a good friend, and an excellent photographer among other trades, shot the window as well as my yarn tassel garland a few weeks ago. Here are a couple hand picked photos he sent me to use for my Free People application!
More photos to come and hopefully exciting news from the job hunt!