I usually start thinking about the next Holiday window as soon as the current one is complete. I go into the new year looking, watching, listening to see what grabs my attention. Inevitably, I am asked what inspired the window.
This year there were many things that inspired me. The first thing that comes to mind was the Savage Beauty Exhibit honoring the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. I went alone and was so moved by what I saw that many images and feelings stayed with me. It is by far one of the most memorable trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I am also inspired by music. It’s would be a rare occurrence for you to come into High Falls Mercantile and not hear Florence and the Machine, Jordi Savall, or Nina Simone. As a matter of fact, during this years installation we kept the new Florence and the Machine album, Ceremonials, on repeat. It was a fitting title.
One of the highlights for me in 2011 was doing a vignette for Housing Works Design on a Dime event. I covered the walls of my “room” in the pages of an old tattered Encyclopedia. As I added layer upon layer the entire feeling of the space changed. I remembered the feeling of working with old paper and wanted to create something new. Why not a dress? The pages of an old volume that had seen better days, is torn, and falling apart could get a new life. I set about thinking of how this structure could come to life.
The Details Of The Fine Print
Armed with pages and pages of old books, I began creating “flowers” .I sat for hours in that hot window making those things fit into the small holes of the chicken wire that would help form the skirt.
Beatrice Comes to Life
The rest happened so fast…I wrapped her in 19th Century gold and silver upholstery trim and used some of the same for the streamers floating above her.
The crown was suspended in the air waiting to be placed on her head while her woodland creatures were causing mischief.
So, what does it all mean? Is there some hidden agenda within our windows? I leave that to you. Look carefully and you might find a few surprises. Even within yourself.