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Banana Leaves

Sometimes the best ideas are so obvious that you almost skip over them. That was certainly the case for this summer’s Leaves of Trees window display.

One afternoon, while Roohi and I were brainstorming ideas at her shop, a customer overheard our conversation and suggested we simply put a bunch of leaves in the window to go along with the name Leaves of Trees. We took his advice.

banana leaf sketchbook window display

The initial plan was to create a tropical leafy paradise out of paper which would act as a back drop for a new product being launched. Above are some early sketches.

I was fortunate to be working alongside my friend and fellow illustrator, Elena Viltovskaia, again. (See my Paper Poppies post for our last collaboration.) After experimenting with different tropical leaf shapes we decided to keep it simple by just focusing on our favourite one: the mighty Banana Leaf!

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Seamless green-screen paper turned out to be our star material. Because it comes in a roll, the paper is permanently curved, and when folded and creased against this curve, it creates just the right shape to mimic a banana leaf!

paper banana leaves, green screen paper

After everything was cut and creased, we drew on the veins using pencil crayon. Subtle strokes of turquoise blue and lime green spray paint were applied as a final touch to help accentuate the edges and add some colour variation.

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A nice mid-installation shot taken by Roohi. (Elena’s on the left and I’m on the right.)

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The window had to be attractive from both the inside and the outside. Floating leaves were the answer, and luckily we had made just the right amount!

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Now that it’s mid-summer, I’ve got to start thinking about a new window display theme for fall and winter. Any suggestions out there? I’m all ears!

Leaves of Trees is located at 177 Queen St. East in Toronto. http://leavesoftrees.com

Here’s a template to make your own banana leaves: bananaleaf_template

Paper Poppies

Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of teaming up with my art director/illustrator friend Elena Viltovskaia, on a rather pretty project.

Roohi Qureshi of Leaves of Trees was preparing to launch her official shop opening and needed a fresh window dressing to help celebrate the occasion. Winter’s stronghold was finally loosening and so we all agreed that a bright burst of blooms was well in order. Poppies seemed like the right flower for the job!

Process shot of making paper poppies, petals

Elena and I researched how to make large paper flowers that were structurally sound. Most online tutorials suggested creating accordion-style folds for each petal, but it looked a bit distracting and not true to the poppy’s form. After some experimenting, we found a way to keep the petals smooth but curved by overlapping them one by one and using staples to retain their domed tension.

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Elena and I are quite happy with the resulting crisp, graphic look of the poppies and have been told there’s a little marimekko-ness to them, which is a huge compliment! We hope to collaborate on more paper floral creations in the future.

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paper poppy window display, leaves of trees

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Our Paper Poppy window display will be up for the remainder of the summer. I highly recommend coming by and sampling the many natural lipbalms, deodorants, lotions and argon oil products Leaves of Trees has to offer. The shop is located at 177 Queen Street East, Toronto. http://www.leavesoftrees.com

Thanks goes to @fio_85 and @makerscartel for these two window shots!

Wintering Birds of Toronto

Back in the fall, I was asked to design my very first window display. Roohi Qureshi, owner of the natural beauty product line Leaves of Trees, requested a storefront that could start bringing interest to her Queen East shop over the winter months.

We unanimously agreed on the theme of birds, birds and more birds!

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Paper Cardinal, paper birds, window display

In an effort to remain geographically specific, I  narrowed the selection of birds to those that overwinter here in Toronto. My research lead to the following species: Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bohemian Waxwing, Nuthatch, Golden Finch, Oriole, Blue Jay, Robin, Cardinal, Bluebird, Chickadee and House Sparrow.

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Paper Bluejay

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Lightweight black foam core was used as a base for all of the birds’ body and wing components. The paper details were glued on with nothing more than a glue stick. Coloured corrigated paper gave the wings an added touch of dimension.

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After completing a total of 15 paper birds, I soon realized I had overlooked one very common species! Pigeons may not be native to the area, but they’re surely a big part of the urban landscape. It turned out to be the final touch my display needed, balancing everything out. (The image below gives a better idea of their actual size.)

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The Leaves of Trees shop is located at 177 Queen Street East, Toronto. LOT specializes in natural beauty care products such as lipbalms, deodorants, lotions and argon oils, all ethically sourced and locally made. www.leavesoftrees.com


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