Our newest window display is all about the joy of making and the kindness of giving.
This time of year we collect handmade donations to help keep those in need warm. This year, we’re collecting hats, scarves, mittens and gloves in partnership with local NYC charity Hats 4 the Homeless. If you’d like to make a donation yourself or just get more details, click here.
Here’s what Juliet Hone, the artist who we work with to create our windows, had to say about the process of designing and creating this beautiful installation:
Our starting point begins with the design brief. There is a preliminary process where we brainstorm ideas… it is the charity window, what do we want to achieve? What do we need to say ? How do we do it visually ?
Next we distill the ideas into something bold and creative. We settled on using text as a foundation for the creativity and narrowed it down to the most direct words ‘MAKE’ and ‘GIVE’.
Next comes how to make it. The translucent quality of fillet crochet opposite the solid form of soft sculpture, one more controlled and the other a little crazy, appealed to us. So did the colors red and white. It has been a collaborative effort with crochet and knitting throughout the process using ten different yarns and many shades of red, pink, orange and white. As the work on the window progressed it reminded me more and more of a three dimensional Valentine’s Day card which is somewhat appropriate.
Click through the slideshow below to see pictures of the original design sketch, how the display was built, and the finished work installed in our window.
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