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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!

paper banana leaf, window display, Leaves of Trees

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.

banana leaf installation

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

paper banana leaves, tropical window display, headache balm, leaves of trees

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!

leaves of trees store front, banana leaves, paper leaves, headache balm

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

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