I am currently working as the Display Coordinator/Artist at Anthropologie. My role involves planning, designing, resourcing materials, building, and installing displays for the store. I get briefed on the concept and head into planning and prepping for both window and interior displays at the start of each season. Here are some of the works I have made so far, and some insight into my sketches and prep.
“Where sky meets sea” window landscape was inspired by my favorite beach in Portugal. The window aims to bring awareness to cleaning our ocean of waste. Most of the window was built with scraps for my studio, garbage from around the store, and my co-worker's homes. I refrained from concealing the “garbage” to bring the viewer's attention to it. The window prep involved: building a stretching a 14ftx7ft canvas, mural painting, collaging, sculpting foam 3D birds, creating faux bois pillars, and more.
“Here comes the sun” window display focused on utilizing the sun as a tool. The window consists of over 70 cyanotype prints of leaves and flowers. This was my first time working with cyanotype at such a scale and quantity. In addition to the cyanotypes, I constructed some 3D hydrangeas from paper. I painted the backdrop to have the traditional cyanotype borders and with a variety of opacities, then added cyanotypes and hung the hydrangeas in a wreath shape.
“Gifts of every stripe” holiday window was an exciting concept where animals were shown delivering gifts. We chose to build a zebra with his scarf blowing in the wind, delivering gifts. This holiday season we stepped away from the more obvious color pallet of reds and greens and focused on the pinks supported by blues. The window also has a glass border meant to look like the edge of a stamp, which was another reoccurring note throughout the season and store.
In addition to the window designs, I transform the interior of the store every season. This often inclues: murals, large signage, building shelves and tables, hanging displays and more.