The 2-dimensional foliage pieces were projected onto foam core, cut, drawn in more detail with permanent markers, then flocked with snow.
The backdrop was painted with a layer of black, then overlayed with a layer of navy paint, followed by gestural hand-painted snowflakes in different sizes.
A 2-D gold frame was added to the left side of the window around the mannequins, and a gold-leafed element was adhered to the right side of the window for balance. The addition of 2D pieces in the background and painted elements in the foreground happened in progression.
The first installation of the window was grounded in white, snowy layers. It was later updated to include a few red berries and silver leaf on the 2D foliage for added dimension, and wrapped gifts in the snow for added color.
The mailbox was made from plywood pieces and chipboard, then attached to a base and painted out.
The whimsical sign was created from foam core, painted and layered to create a multi-dimensional piece.
The Take Note concept fixtures were painted a poppy red to feel extra festive.
The wood illustrated trees serve as a perfect backdrop to winter mannequins, the deer family, and illustrated ice skates (which were made with basic foam core.)
The trees were cut out of plywood with a jig saw (scroll blades forever.) They got an initial coat of white paint, then a wash of green, followed by more detailed illustrated painting and snow flocking.
Anthropologie sent gold and copper shapes to each of their stores to treat with the patina effect.
Layers of acrylic paint, gold interference paint, and flour were added to the shapes. When dried, the flour created a matte, crackled texture to simulate natural patina.
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The 52 Conversations Signage was attached to a "ballet bar" fixture to allow for more flexible movement throughout the store.
"52 Conversations" is a new brand at Anthropologie. Each month, a limited-edition top will be released in four different patterns, or four "conversations." By the end of the year, 52 tops will be released.
The signage was made from a 1x4 plank and painted with a washed stripe treatment. The "52" was drawn in graphite, while "conversations" was hand-painted.
The platform riser was made from birch plywood. The stripe treatment starts out bold and bright, but gradually gets lighter on each side of the box.
"Earth Day" windows. Inspired by the Amazonian rain forests. I created and installed the banana grouping in the center panel.
Tapestries inspired by Monet. I assisted Emily Kozik Perigo (Display Coordinator) with painting and wrapping the tapestry edges with raffia.
"Caught Amid A Summer Field." Design inspired by impressionist art and a mirror-effect into reality. I assisted Emily Kozik Perigo (Display Coordinator) with color matching to the photographic image, painting the wood pieces, and painting the impressionist-style background.
Brian Bemis Battle of the Arts - 25th Anniversary
Sycamore, Dekalb, Kaneland, and Hiawatha High Schools competed in a "Battle of the Arts" to support their respective art departments. For the 25th Anniversary theme, Sycamore chose to represent the "quarter century" through literal quarters, and the quarter/silver anniversary was featured with pop culture icons from 1985. I designed the car as a whole and collaborated on the painting.