In September, I set up a new yellowDog studio space. I needed a place to create, play and get dirty. No computer work allowed...
Thanks to my Artcraft Signs landlord Jim, I have my own slice of gritty work space and a place to run my sign press. Of course, what started out as ink on paper shortly turned into much more, including an idea for a holiday window.
As a designer who has long dreamed of going to New York City to design windows, the vacant storefront at Artcraft was screaming for a holiday installation. Pedestrian joy!
Plus the election happened and sitting in front of a computer, with focus, seemed to be the hardest thing I'd ever tried to do. So... I assembled a team. We cleaned out the space and set to work creating a holiday window - with - indoor and outdoor scenes.
I was content with a static scene but our electrical engineer/computer/animation expert, Chris, wanted to make things happen. It's been a great collaboration figuring out how to build the cardboard forms, how to make them move and what parts we needed to get the effect we wanted. [Think windshield wiper motor for a dog's tail or modified racetrack for a little running mouse...]
We hope that you were able to go and visit our little experiment at 406 Hillsborough Street to see what happened when you rang the doorbell at sunset! It was set to animate after 5pm since nighttime gave the best view.
Thanks to Chris, Jim, Gracie, Mandi, Ellen, Helen, Alex and Brett for your creativity, assistance and moral support [even during ceilings falling] for making this happen. It's been the best distraction yet! And, mom, your marketing and enthusiasm goes above and beyond! Regards. ; )