Monday, July 11, 2011

Large-Scale Quilling Spotted in Anthropologie Store Windows

I've written before about the consistently wonderful window and in-store displays you'll find at Anthropologie, the popular clothing and accessory stores for women, where paper is frequently used as a construction material.

Excuse the glass reflections...

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Hold on a minute... everything isn't as it seems - that's not paper!

A few weeks ago I received an email from a reader who had happened upon a new display being installed in Anthropologie's windows at a mall here in Delaware. She was excited to tell me how much the decorations looked like large-scale quilling. Yes-yes, they do!

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She stopped to chat with the young woman who was doing the installation and asked what she had used to make the rolls. You'll never guess...

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Roofing strips from Lowe's!

Originally black, (I'm guessing tar paper) she had spray painted each strip white, and then over-coated with summery shades of blue and green to create an ombré effect. After hot gluing the long lengths together, she rolled them to create graceful filigree designs.

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Of course I couldn't wait to go see for myself and snap some pictures. Happily there was a bonus inside the store too... gorgeous, bright poppies made from large sheets of colored tissue paper.

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Enormous attention grabbers!

11 comments:

  1. I love the creativity in the choice of materials!

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  2. It does look fabulous.Filigree designs do have such intrinsic beauty! The colourful poppies are sure to brighten up any place.

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  3. How cool is that. Who would have thought they were roofing strips.

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  4. very interesting! thank you for sharing this, dear Ann, with everyone half the world away!

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  5. WOW that is really awsome, thanks for sharing!!!
    Paula

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  6. Thanks for sharing that, Ann! It is always eye-opening to know what the materials are. What a lot of work! Makes me wonder what they used in the German store. -Karren

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  7. That's amazing! Until you said they were roofing strips, I was thinking rolls of wallpaper - but of course wallpaper would not be coloured on both sides! Inspiring!

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  8. That is so cool! I've purposefully taken detours to Anthropolgie just to check out their cool window displays. I'm rarely disappointed.

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  9. WOW!!! Who would have ever thought to use strips of roofing material??? Absolutely brilliant. And I want to cover my house in giant tissue paper poppies!

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