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Paper and fabric snow for Regent street Winter Retreat 2018

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Regent street Winter Retreat

With Heaps +Stacks & Regent street W1

The build up to Christmas this year was one of the busiest yet, but mainly because I couldn’t say no to so many exciting new projects! None more so than this one. Heaps + Stacks got in touch and asked whether I’d like to work with them to create a window display for a Winter Retreat for shoppers on Regent street, somewhere you could escape from the Christmas chaos and unwind, get your presents wrapped, have a massage as well as take part in workshops. Of course I said yes!

The brief was to create paper and fabric snowfall in all four windows of the stunning new Quadrant arcade on Regent street, it really is a beautiful shopping arcade. I popped down to see the place and measure up…. the windows are huge! I am going to need a lot of fabric, paper and wool….as well as help! So I got right to it with the help of some lovely people, (Lilly, Zoe, Liz, Adam, Nichole and Leah, thank you!)

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The team shredded and cut metres and metres of fabric and paper, varying thicknesses, finishes and sparkle to give a lovely varied feel, much like real snowfall in winter. The fabric had to be slightly transparent like snow too, this picture above demonstrates how effectively it worked. As does this one to the right…

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In around two weeks the team managed to hand sew over 2km of wool through thousands of shreds of paper and fabric. The biggest challenge was not getting them all tangled up! With only a few lengths getting tangled and taking forever to un-tangle!! We got all the lengths to the arcade ready for the install.

The install took us three days, we had to hang a series of white wooden dowels on the ceiling, curving around with the windows yet zig-zagging to allow some depth when we hung the lengths of snow. All four windows are around 3m high and 6m wide….so pretty big!

Once all the dowels were up we went about hanging the lengths, this was relatively easy but we got into a few tangles….not fun to rectify!

An electrician worked closely with us to have lengths of fairy lights running through the snow and I think you can agree, the end result is quite beautiful….

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It was strange because during the entire install there was hoarding up in front of the arcade which meant we could never see it in full from the street… not until we came back in the week after install.

First time we saw the entire front of the arcade with the hoarding down.

First time we saw the entire front of the arcade with the hoarding down.

This was such a fab project, the sort of thing I’d love to work on more in the future. Thank you so much to Heaps + Stacks as well as Regent street W1 for entrusting me with the designs, the whole concept was great and what you created over all was truly beautiful.

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Finally made all 10 Paper & Wood hummingbird sculptures!

I have just completed cutting and gluing all of the paper feathers for my latest large piece, 'The Hummingbird tree'. All 10 species below have been hand carved out of wood before each and every feather has been cut out and feathered with my trusty pair of scissors, (you can see them in one of the pics below).

This little guy will be a Violet crowned woodnymph once painted.

This little guy will be a Violet crowned woodnymph once painted.

Some iridescent blue paint will make this one into a violet crowned hummingbird.

Some iridescent blue paint will make this one into a violet crowned hummingbird.

Tiny Ruby Topaz hummingbird sculpture.

Tiny Ruby Topaz hummingbird sculpture.

The beautiful Violet ear hummingbird.   

The beautiful Violet ear hummingbird.

 

The stunning Anna's hummingbird here, can't wait to add all the iridescent paints to this one.

The stunning Anna's hummingbird here, can't wait to add all the iridescent paints to this one.

Beautiful bright paints will make this guy a velvet purple coronet.

Beautiful bright paints will make this guy a velvet purple coronet.

Lovely bright orange paper for this little Rufous Hummingbird sculpture.

Lovely bright orange paper for this little Rufous Hummingbird sculpture.

Violet Sabre wing, one of the largest species of Hummingbird.

Violet Sabre wing, one of the largest species of Hummingbird.

One of the smallest species of hummingbird is this one, The Snow capped.

One of the smallest species of hummingbird is this one, The Snow capped.

Las but not least, The White necked Jacobin.

Las but not least, The White necked Jacobin.

The next step for all of these little hummingbird sculptures is to paint them in lovely bright acrylic paints and attempt to make them look life-like. I do use some lovely iridescent acrylic paints for a lovely shimmer to the feathers just like real hummingbirds have. To achieve this I use Pebeo Studio acrylics, High viscosity paints, they come in some awesome colours and really do add a another level to the paper feathers.

Keep an eye out for them being painted on my instagram, I will be doing some videos of work in progress as well as some mini tutorials on my processes too. See you there guys!