Yesterday I was working up a sweat in The American Book Center window - hanging, cutting, taping, threading, and banging my head against the hot lights every now and then too.
I created this window display in celebration of the Urban Culture event coming up this Saturday, where you will find me signing copies of Paris: Made By Hand, right here in Amsterdam! I must say, it was a bit of fun to be doing up a shop window again - something I have not done since having my own shop in sydney some 10 years ago now.
For this window, I wanted to really incorporate the 'made by hand' feel, so I printed out photos from my book on plain, recycled paper, then I cut them up into individually letters which spell the words "made by hand', "d.i.y.", and "customize". I then stitched them together with white thread and left all the threads hanging loose. I also made some hanging pinwheel thingos (do you like my lingo?) in all different sizes from Ferm Living wallpaper which I bought some time ago at Danielle's online boutique Le Souk. I really like the paper and have been wanting to use it for something special but hadn't decided what. Until now!
I also printed out some of my favourite photographs and stitched around the edges. And I chose heaps of fab books from within the store that are all about making things by hand, customizing, and doing it yourself. It was so much fun perusing the store's shelves and selecting books for the window. I was so excited to see Faythe's book Handmade Nation in store too!
I hope you like my window display and if you live in Amsterdam or near by then I hope this post will entice you to come and have a look and better still, come and visit me while I am there from 1-6pm. One of the marvelous girls in the store made these great handmade signs too...
..."be there on the spui square", how clever! I hope to see you there!