Mar 29, 2010

Since January I have had two interviews with Anthropologie for their "Display Coordinator" position. The second interview, I was given a project: to design 3 displays that are small, medium, & large. I can pick my theme and I could only spend $15 on everything. Luckily I already had a lot of the materials so I was able to stick to this budget quite easily. Anyhoo...this job position was for their Boulder, Colorado store, which I have to say I was really stoked about considering I just recently found out that Boulder is #1 in the United States for biking!!! Annnnyways, after 3 long weeks of wondering whether or not I got this job, I finally found out on Thursday that I didn't get it. :( I was so bummed when I heard the words "they decided to promote the visual sales associate to display coordinator" My heart sank, I had a good cry [5 min. worth] picked myself back up and started thinking of all the things I do have rather than the things I don't: i.e. an amazing job with Anthropologie. And I confess, I was really looking forward to writing on my blog "I GOT A JOB WITH ANTHROPOLOGIE DOING THEIR DISPLAYS!!!! HIP HIP HURRAY!" But for some reason, I am not supposed to have that job............right now. Honestly, I think it is a timing thing & I really truly believe that I will get this job with them sometime soon or with an even cooler company! The only thing about this whole process that leaves me confused is why interview me again & assign me a project? I mean, it makes sense to promote someone in store. Sooooo... why even bother with me? That has left me a little confused. But moving on, I wanted to share my project that I did for them for two reasons. #1 because I am absolutely in looooove with it and possibly it will give any of you out there some inspiration of your own crafts and what not... #2 Because if you happen to see this exact or similar design in any of their stores, then just know it came from me. I am a little worried about the fact that they took pictures of my work and I didn't sign any type of contract. My hope is that nothing will get ripped off.... :(

This is a book that I made to show how I imagined the displays in their store setting would look. I went with a Native American theme because that is one of my favorite design styles mainly because of how graphic their patterns are, and because my two favorite shapes are triangles & diamonds and any excuse to use them in my work I will! :)

click on the picture below to see it better. :)

My small scale display. Spray painted Mason jars with moss stuffed inside, branches, masking tape leaves etc. I imagined these displayed around the registers.


A miniature version of my large scale display. The first thing I am going to do once I finally get my own place is make a life size tee-pee!


Actual size & look of how the print would turn out. I made a pillow cover & printed this ontop.

close up

Found some postards of Native American Chiefs. Blew them up and copied them onto cream paper. Rubber cemented those onto craft paper and then made boarders with my masking tape and tinfoil. <- I used my fringe scissors to cut the foil. CAN'T WAIT to frame this!


Drum shade made out of masking tape. The tape is covering my oatmeal container.



I had to take pictures of my process to prove that I obviously made it, and I guess so they could see where my thinking was? This is one of the pages of me making my paper-mache butterfly garland.

18 comments:

Jessica said...

You did an amazing job! Good luck to you. I hope something AMAZING opens up for you. You deserve it, and someone would definitely benefit to have someone like you who is so talented!

cutxpaste said...

amazing roxy! keep doing what you're doing...it just means something bigger and better and brighter is in store for you. xoxo

PS i want to make a teepee too!! can we build one together?

Dame Jayne said...

I love everything especially the garland. You are unbelievably talented. As you want to work there and know they appreciate your work I'd write the people who interviewed you an uplifting note..."really enjoyed meeting you" "hope you'll think of me in the future"...and try to keep in touch with the person you most connected with. If you talked about something special send them notes periodically on that topic. That's the business side of creative. Big hug!

vivi said...

woooow! Your work is amazing! I got in love with anthropologie recently when they opened a store in London and my absolute dream has been to become their display coordinator ever since... well done! You have achieved such a lovely work. I am sure the job of your dreams will occur at the right time!

Brittney said...

wow, kudos to you for doing such an amazing job. nothing hurts more than not getting the job. so is that display coordinator position open?

Kiasa said...

AMAZING! I love your work, Roxy! I'm sad you didn't get the job, but your attitude is right on. (The same thing happened to me-twice-at the AMNH. After multiple interviews they hired within. But I would not have started my cool science business if I got the job.) There are better opportunities waiting for you, when the time is right!

Kiasa said...

P.S. My very creative friend made a large teepee (out of old sheets) for her daughter to read in. I'm still planning on doing that for Isabella some day...

Suz said...

The drum shade is my favorite. The whole thing looked amazing!

inkysocks said...

This is so impressive--the amount of work and the inspiration behind it. I think they were INSANE not to choose you, but onward and upward. What a great portfolio of design work!

valerie said...

roxy! holy carp! that is so awesome. see, the thing is, anthropologie is only rad because of the people it hires and the people it rips off. don't sweat it because you're wayyyyy too talented and good for them. it's too bad they strung you along like that (i've been there as well) but just look at the amazing work that came from it! if i ever had a store, you would be my number one go-to lady for visuals. for sure. <3

nylon baby said...

That stuff looks really good. I loved the vases.

melody said...

I'm so impressed with all the work you did. Anthropologie is great, but your talent can clearly stand alone. It may be a blessing in disguise that they didn't hire you. good luck!

KamilahNYC said...

Freaking out right now! Seriously sooo cool. Can't wait to come to your house and see your teepee! How great.

ROXY MARJ said...

Thanks everyone! :]
it was a fun project to work on that's for sure! It will be interesting to see where I will be this time next year....who knows... but in the mean time. Chin up..work hard... smile...laugh...serve...& treat each day like it's the best!

dash said...

hey roxy! by looking at your work it seems like you might have been overqualified for the job. seriously!

I took a job years ago as one of the "display coordinators" at an Anthropologie and it kind of sucked. Yes you're given a lot of creative freedom, but you're still working for a giant corporate chain store.

Consider yourself lucky!

dash said...

oh, and if you're at all concerned about them using your ideas...

write them a thank-you note. In the note, clearly state that any materials you presented them with were intended for the application process only, and not to be used by Anthropologie. It could save you a lot of heartache!

Joslyn said...

this is amazing! genius even.
frankly i think you were over qualified ;-)

you will do amazing things!

Annie said...

Roxy!! I love the Indian Chief montage and the way you decided to cut the tinfoil! The mason jars look so beautiful spray painted and stenciled, I think something they would love about you is your ability to take something ordinary and with only a basic technique or concept turn it in to something eyecatching and lovely! I will never forget the hot pink labels you put on the white christmas light bulbs.... Please don't let this get you down, just view it as a stepping stone to the RIGHT place!!!

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