We've all enjoyed the beautiful white botanical instillation in Luvly's window this winter. True Spring is just around the corner, so soon we'll be disassembling these beautiful branches and adding some colour to the window. If you haven't stopped for a closer look, this week is your last chance! Here's a bit more info from the artist, Carrie Allison, about her installation and how it all came together.
Every one of my projects starts out with sketches. I sketch out the space of where the final piece will go. I take measurements and imagine how I will install the piece. I work in stages and always have step by step plans either mapped out in my head or written down in my journal. I play with ideas of different material, colours, textures and placement.
I settled on just using white finishings because I love the purity of the shade and how the light reflects and shines through the paper material. I also chose to show only part of the tree because I wanted the window to remain fully functional in displaying the clothes and allowing light into the store.
I started assembling these cone like structures that were to be the base of the flowers. After making these I spent a good portion of the day cutting out petals and glueing them to the cones to make the flowers. After this I took those flowers and attached them to thin wood doweling.
I then focused on developing the branches more fully. Imagining how they were going to go into the space was a big part of this process. After painting all the branches and after a couple test runs the installation was ready to go up. Below is a short video of the installation.
Come down to Luvly to see the complete piece! It looks quite different at night, so be sure to check it out when you are out for an evening stroll.