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.
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.
*** Spring 2019 and Winter 2019 Update ***
The mother and baby deer have lived in the store's vestibule for several seasons, adding a fresh touch for Mother's Day and getting pommed-wreaths for Christmas.
*** NOVEMBER 2018 UPDATE ***
The deer family now lives in a snowy forest, and they have packages to deliver for the holiday season.
The stag was temporarily sitting majestically in the front of the store, but left to go on an adventure to Anthropologie in Oakbrook.
The Oakbrook location shared their deer bust with us for the holidays.
Anthropologie sent a foam base for each deer that was put together and attached to a wood platform.
The stag's antlers were constructed from wooden dowels of various widths.
Canvas was dyed in layers of raspberry, grey, and olive green. It was cut into pieces and adhered onto the deer bodies, keeping edges frayed for a natural look.
*** OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE ***
The medallions were utilized as a backdrop for the Fall Fashion Show.
String for the straight, large medallion was strung along chip board and dyed in batches. The small medallion string was swagged along the bottom of a wood inner-structure and spray-dyed.
Once dry, the string was attached to the wood structure pieces, which was then treated with layers of paint and joint compound.
The treatment was sanded for a marbleized-stone effect. The attachment brackets were covered in gold leaf and paint.
The base platform was created from a sturdy plywood structure and treated with Venetian plaster, then sanded and buffed for shine.
The "cage" platform topper was constructed with 2x2s and covered with copper tape to achieve an elevated, hammered-metal effect.
On either side of the platform, wood two-way fixtures hold product and accessories. They were constructed with 2x2s and copper pipe.