One of my favorite sights this time of year has always been the holiday shop windows around the city. Saks, Bergdorfs, Macys, Bloomingdales, and Lord & Taylor all have fantastic displays, but I’m particularly keen on the windows of Bergdorfs, who doesn’t ever abandon their roots as a department store selling clothes and accessories (albeit a really fancy one housed in a former Vanderbilt mansion); they always manage to interweave visuals of fantasy and festivity with fashion. I thought this years windows were particularly wonderful and if it wasn’t 20 degrees out or if I didn’t have 2 squirming kids clutched to my legs – and at one point, laying on the sidewalk blocking pedestrian traffic – then I might have spent more time in front of these windows, especially the display that was made entirely of paper.
Which sort of brings me to my resolution this year (and normally I don’t really make any). GET OUT MORE. No, seriously, I tend to hibernate a lot because I’m usually busy working and also because going out carries along the temptation to spend money, however, I do believe that you need to be out in the world to get inspired. AND I need to do it before anxiety and worry sets in (I’m in another dry spell, freelance wise). These windows reminded me of what I loved doing most when I was a little girl – making dioramas. I LIVED for making them for school book reports, as well as for myself at home, and as terrible as this sounds, I was quite competitive at the age of 11 about these dioramas at school. I always had to make the most elaborate one. I loved working with paper, creating a 3-dimensional narrative world within the constraints of a little shoebox and getting completely caught up in the fantasy. I still don’t have any clear ideas on what I will do to attempt my gradual transition out of client work this year, but I am wishing to recapture that feeling I had when I was a kid making dioramas. Who knows, maybe I need to take a trip back to the windows, without the girls, to take a closer look. Maybe there is something in there.