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i am so mad! i went onto my website today, and realized is was not working correctly!! turns out when you clicked on the images, nothing happened. the site usually brings up a larger image with details after clicking. i think it is now fixed. the web hosting company i work with recently updated their software, and i guess it messed with some of the inner workings on my site. my apologies to anyone looking recently!!
some other news lately, i have been working at anthropologie. i decided back in the fall that i needed to get out of the studio and around people. my husband john had been traveling a lot, and my son ben was off at college. it was too much time by myself!! i love making art, but not so much solo. it's the collaboration and feedback that i miss while working alone. this fall, i found that my creative juices were just not flowing. i sat in the studio, materials surrounding me…but i couldn't find my muse. i thought about where i could make a few dollars, and make a few friends, and anthropologie came to mind. i was sure there were a lot of creative types working there, and thought it might be a good fit. so i applied for a seasonal position, and got the job!
about a week or so into working on the floor, they needed someone to help out with the holiday displays. of course, i raised my hand as high as it could go! it was always a dream of mine to work with the display team at anthro, so this was perfect!! i got to go to work and make stuff all day long! and they paid me! woo hoo!! i had such a good time that when the days of art making ended, there was a bit of sadness. don't get me wrong, i do like working on the floor. but making stuff is pretty dang fun.
right around the holidays i found out that one of the display team was leaving to work in boulder. i was really happy for him, and his promotion! wyatt was a wonderful guy, great to work with, with a super sense of humor. he's also very talented, and deserves his new job as the display coordinator! that said, wyatt leaving left a spot for a display person at our store. so i decided that i would like a chance at the visual sales position that was available. i am in the interview process, and am not the only candidate. hopefully the art gods will shine their light on me and help me to get the job.
in the meantime, i submitted a project for the interview.
i had to come up with something that was "anthro-like", using a main material with other things to support it. i made these boxes, meant to be used as a modular display system in the store. my material was plywood, supported with found window panes and paper. of course i used glue, etc. as well.
my idea was to create a box that had a sculptural element for interest. i did a layered paper piece inside. i also figured that the interior could be taken out at a later time, and changed out. anthro likes to re-use their pieces, so that was the idea. on the outside of the box, i decoupaged old pattern pieces, french fashion drawings, and old ephemera (i know it's a bit hard to see in the photos--sorry!). over that, i repeated the circle pattern with a transparent wash of white gouache. i thought it would be cool to group or stack these boxes next to mannequins, in a window, or on a large table. you'd have to have a few more…maybe even a door for height. the tops of the boxes could be merchandised with home goods or accessories.
total for each box, about $20. i got the windows from a junk shop, and most of the other stuff besides the plywood was free. the french drawings were given to me a few years ago, and i was waiting for the perfect project for them.
so shine on me, art gods. hopefully my next post will tell you i got the job!!