cramming more of Christmas, after Christmas

January 5, 2010 |  Category:   holidays nyc

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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.

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  • tanya January 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    it is possible that you have spelled out for me that which i have been in denial about. GET OUT MORE. so simple but so necessary. thank you for that! happy new years to you and your entire family.

  • Lecia/A Day That is Dessert January 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    These are beautiful – I think you should take a trip back. Neat to hear about your 11 year old self.

    My resolution is to cut way back on my online time, to allow more time for reading, being productive at home, time with friends etc – mentally ‘getting out more’, I guess you could say.

  • Jayme January 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Great photos. One of my favorite things about your blog is getting to enjoy NYC vicariously through you when I need a little break. Working at home as a freelancer (making 3d paper art actually!), I have the same resolution as you… not a lot of interesting shopfronts here in Sacramento though, so thanks for the inspiration.

  • lyann January 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    OOOHHHH! I would love to see pictures of your dioramas when you were a kid.

  • Karin January 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I totally loved making dioramas too! They were my favorite type of school project. : )

  • Kwil January 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    oh my gosh. squirrel on a bike. YES.

    great pics. thanks for sharing!

  • gizella January 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    okay, getting creative visualization here but it might be fun when you have a moment to make a diorama about the future and see what comes out of this. also, those windows are magnificent. I’m moving this year in SF and did not get to see one damn window here!

  • cicilia January 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    i heart your photos and your adorable girls! 🙂

  • Nina January 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I love New York!

  • dawn January 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    how fantastically whimsical! one day i would like to walk around and admire the window displays too- thanks for sharing 🙂

  • selkie January 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    YES! GO BACK without the girls. Take a journal.

  • Annie From Seattle January 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Sounds like a big year for you, Jenna!

  • Amy January 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Remember Biak? He was “imported” this fall to create those displays made of paper at Bergdorf’s. They are truly amazing aren’t they??? I’m going to pass along that you enjoyed them so; he’ll be thrilled.

  • Jenna January 7, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Amy, wha? really?

  • .amanda. January 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I posted some photos of Bregdorf’s windows as well! I saw them in the evening and they were just GLOWING. Was that paper window not just down right inspiring!?

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