When I was little, the lure of candy called me from shop windows. I could hear candy calling me, and it was so pretty! The local candy shop had wonderful displays, with bright, shiny colors of candy cascading from the top of the windows.
My admiration of store windows didn't end with candy. Unfortunately for my pocketbook, I spied toys, than clothes and personal goods in shop windows.
After I got older, I travelled and enjoyed the differences between cultures, presentations and goods in shop windows. Occasionally, I'd see something spectacular or different, and take pictures of the store windows. I finally went to New York a few years ago, and saw some of the famous Christmas windows. What a spectacular treat!
There are even websites devoted to the love of store windows and mannequins. Some are pretty amazing, as they include spectacular windows from around the world. These windows can include historical, unusual, seasonal and international windows.
As I had a mild interest in window displays, it never occured to me that I would be creating window displays for over six years. I ended up volunteering for a non-profit, which had two large windows built into the building design.
I filled the two windows once a month for for six years, and realized very quickly that window design wasn't as easy as it looked.
I had to create displays within the sizing requirements of the windows, with no budget.
I learned to recycle materials, hide duct tape to hold up displays, use a glue gun to hold up difficult materials and stack items vertically and horizontally. I learned to drape materials so they looked "pretty" and stack things so they didn't fall down.
I learned that rubber bands are your friends, and that many of the things you do in home decorating and repair can also be used in window dressing. Within a limited time frame, and low lights, you can even use the same materials.
What I didn't realize is that by volunteering to decorate a couple windows, it would start my interest in window displays from couture to historical.