The leaves for this window were cut from recycled materials - Anthropologie shopping bags, newsprint, book pages, and craft paper. They were coated in transparent washes of paint to create cohesion among the various patterns.
The heart and city text were painted on the glass and leaves were taped to the window from the inside.
The large-scale flowers were created with foam core and paper petals, then painted in an abstract way that allowed brush strokes and drips to shine through. The centers of the flowers were made with painted nylon string and crepe paper.
The backdrop (and the floor) was painted using a variety of colors that were allowed to blend together and drip in an organic way. Wall-pasted flowers were adhered to the canvas and painted into the backdrop, then extended with white additave petals for a three-dimensional look. The large-scale flowers were suspended off the wall to create depth.
The "cheer" letters were cut from insulating foam and wrapped in dyed blankets, yarn, and poms.
Tension lines were strung from floor to ceiling to suspend the letters in the window. The lines were lit and yarn-wrapped to add some holiday spirit!
The secondary window was painted with hand-made stamps designed to simulate abstract poms.
For Black Friday, the awning letters were trimmed in yarn and poms, and the entrance walls were decked in poms as well for an impact moment.
Wood and paper laser-cut ginkgo leaves were sent to the store and treated in-house. Some were painted, others were given a dye treatment, and others were coated in copper tape and copper leaf.
The leaves were taped to the window glass using copper conductive tape. The placement was organized to frame the mannequins with the bold yellow color, then transition into oranges, browns, and coppers as the ginkgo leaves dissipated across the window scape.
The smaller bees were created from prints sent by the company - they were cut out and glued together to make them 3D. The larger, more detailed bees were hand-made from crepe paper and wire.
The flower stems were created by wrapping crepe paper around hanging wire.
Flower buds were molded from styrofoam and crepe paper. Crepe paper petals were folded and spray painted, then stretched and molded into flowers.
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.
Toward the end of the holiday season, "sale" text was painted to highlight winter promotions.
The summer windows at Anthropologie were inspired by paper fans and Asian geometric design.
My transfer to Anthropologie Naperville was in the middle of the window design process. I was provided a design sketch based on a standing pleat prototype that I used as a basis for the structure.
The pleated paper and structure were created behind the scenes before installation.