My young daughter and I love Anthropologie’s inventive, naturalistic window displays. I had a hard time last week keeping her from leaping into the current fantastical tableau: a forest blanketed with real moss featuring a rustic table and stools, cut from logs, and exquisitely set with colorful ceramic Anthropologie dishes.
So when I heard the Montclair store plans to host a holiday display workshop, I signed-up on the spot. Anthropologie’s talented display coordinator, Anna Slowey, says volunteers will help craft and string paper beads and ornaments into garlands to decorate a Christmas tree.
“We’ll train you. No specific skills or power tools are needed,” laughs Slowey, who is also an architectural designer and expert in hands-on installation, fabrication, and construction. She thinks customers will love the classical Russian folkloric theme that Anthropologie is incorporating into the display, using many recycled materials.
“The Anthropologie aesthetic is all about upcycling, reclaiming, and re-imagining common things,” says Slowey. “We have a room here filled with old fabric, books, crates, and whatever else we can find to use in our displays.”
She says this isn’t the type of workshop where you take home the crafts you’ve made, but hopefully you can leave with some inspiration. “Come for an hour or two, drink cider, hang out and work with us,” says Slowey. “If you love crafts, you’ll have fun. And hopefully you’ll pick up some exciting new ways to think about materials.”
Anthropologie holiday display workshop:
Thursday and Friday, October 24/25th, 10-4pm. Free. Call the store to RSVP: (973) 509-0213.