The puzzle bear (and bunny!) were jig-sawed out of composite board. The base was painted black to create depth between the puzzle pieces. The puzzle pieces were attached and painted/stamped. Wood veneer was added to the edges to create the look of a thick, 3D puzzle.
The "Be Present" Signage and letters was sent to stores raw, and was painted, assembled, and installed in-house. Wrapping paper was hand-painted in patterns that resembled board games to accompany presents that match
the Be Present Window.
This concept would NOT have been possible without Sophia Emler, who painted the base coats of our puzzle bunny, painted and stamped 90% of Camper the Bear, and painted THE ENTIRETY of the Be Present sign. It was a crazy holiday season and I needed all the help I could get to pull this off.
The Shirt Stories Art Wall was painted an evergreen shade, along with an additional art wall, which were both clad with painted wood, polywall, and composite board "ribbons."
The dogs were constructed with a wood + chipboard base, covered in packing paper and either treated with paper mache or paper and fabric fur. Their coat colors and face details were painted with acrylic and latex paint.
A wood back and front piece were added to an antique sled to create a more substantial, structured piece.
The snowy trees on the art wall were painted to resemble the freestanding faux Christmas trees.
A special thanks to Sophia Emler for being my window glass queen, for painting the gift envelopes, AND for ribbon-wrapping all the packages!
The Harvest Table concept was designed as an extension of the Front-Of-Store leaves display. A canvas runner was dyed with the same treatment as the FOS leaves, and the gold leaves from the previous fall season were reused to create depth within our display cabinets.
The stumps were taped off and sprayed with gold spray paint for an elevated look.
(RIP to the colony of carpenter ants that were flushed out of these stumps for this display.)
The large-scale oak leaves were cut from ply, accentuated with a canvas layer, and painted with dye. The edges were drilled and faux-stitched with gold cord.
A heart was faux-stitched into the largest leaf. The shirt-stories wall was updated with orange accents to match the leaves.
*** Fall 2020 Update ***
The butterflies were reduced in quantity and served as a wall-based display as a bridge between summer and fall.
This project was started before the first COVID19 shutdowns of Spring 2020. I started the construction of the butterflies in March, finished them at-home during the shutdown, and they were installed by my phenomenal managers Liz Bernhardt and Colleen Burke before the store re-opened in June.
The butterfly wings were sent pre-cut, but were painted by hand in 3 color stories, then attached to create a 3D "flight" effect.
A wallpaper mural was pasted onto wood slats, and the slats were cut to irregular lengths while keeping the integrity of the mural pattern.
The "Merry and Bright" letters were sent to stores pre-cut, and were then covered in felt and trimmed in painted cording and poms in-house.
The trim platform was hand-made in house and painted with india ink. A round tabletop was made to match and trimmed with cording and poms.
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.