Creating a Handmade Display – Anthropologie Style
“Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.”
When volunteering for the opportunity to write a post for Handmade Philly, the above quote came to mind. No matter what our choice of “Art” or “Art Madness” has become, it is our soul’s voice coming out to play… in so many different venues.
In the beginning of March, I was fortunate to be invited to participate in the handmade creation of a store display at the Anthropologie Store, located in Marlton, NJ at the Promenade, and wanted to share a bit of it with everyone.
Briefly about me…I’m Nancy. Designer/owner of From Nancy’s Heart & recently, my newest venture, Butterfly Alley. I started my company – From Nancy’s Heart back in 1992. I’ve been blessed to have retailed and wholesaled my original designs around the USA & world.
It Started with a Window Display
The amazing part of this current surge of Handmade is that one can truly find it springing up everywhere. From fashion to decor, repurpose and art are now walking hand in hand, publicly. This is truly how I became drawn in by the look of the Anthropologie stores. Founded by president, Richard Hayne, Anthropologie is owned by Urban Outfitters and opened it’s first store in Wayne, PA back in 1992; and corporate offices are here in Philadelphia, PA.
Above, is the front window of the Marlton, NJ Anthropologie Store – it gives the term, “window shopping” a whole new meaning for me. I am fascinated by the shear composition of this window display. (Yes, these are squares of paint chips glued together bringing the French Impressionist into the 21st century).
Taking inspiration from Monet, Keya, Visual Manager & Beth, Display Coordinator, take their Fine Art background and create Art Instillations from items found at the big box hardware store.
As I was admiring one of the many handmade accents in the Anthro store, I started talking with Store Manager, Jessica, when she graciously invited me to participate in making Bulb Terrariums for their next display.
75 bulb terrariums were needed for their display – which will be hanging in their “kitchen” section of the store.
The Pictures Tell the Story
We all gathered around the tables set up for us to fill each bulb with dirt, colorful mini stones, moss or succulents. Luckily for us, the ladies pre “gutted” the bulbs. So all we had to do was get our hands dirty!!