echo park time travel mart

buzz buzz buzz. this little lady bee had been buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz-e! thanks to one of my fave ladies - laure, i am currently working with the amazing ive & jen of shades of green and john of form la at the dwell on design event over at the ol' la convention center. oh my is there a whole lotta work involved. fork lifts, giant trees, recycled plastic swings, chicken tractors and chickens oh my! but so much fun! amazing things to come, so i hope to see your faces at the event.
in the midst of all this terri planty does not sleep. nope. we just did a terrarium install at one of the most brilliant places in la - the echo park time travel mart. haven't been? run. where else can you find caveman stationary and parts for your time machine? and better yet, not only is the mart incredible, but this spot is actually just the front of an amazing non profit organization called 826LA that is dedicated to teaching students 6 - 12 with their creative and expository writing skills. they are such an inspiration! i recommend volunteering!

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the installation that team terri planty made was portraying los angeles of the past and los angeles of the future. inside a cabinet, you open two doors, both windows feature the native so cal chaparral landscape, however in the future there is a scene of a miniature version of the caveman and robot you will find in the shops rad store window display, propping up a a new billboard poster for the time travel mart. look closely and you will see the legs of la icon angelyne underneath and on a rock i insisted on introducing a new character into this joint, a lady cavewoman of course.

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the process of making this piece reminded me of being a kid again, working so hard on that science project for the science fair. my parents and sister came out and i realizing now the more and more they help that i have to change my about page and give them waaay more credit. they worked their butts off. as did mr. erick. he helped me conceptualize a series of custom terrariums for the shop that will be sold there (with part of the proceeds being donated to the organization). this particular collection is based of famous books such as old man and the sea, james and the giant peach, sleepy hollow and more. we also threw in a few made up sci-fi scenes for fun.

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i also want to to give a shout out of love to the talented and wonderful shannon who invited me to do this project and worked closely with me on the concept. she is one clever lady! (thanks for letting me sneak those angelyne legs on that billboard)

photos of the shop via laughing squid, close up by shannon, the rest by yours truly and her baby sister.

5 comments:

  1. Your project is awesome, really cool ideas!

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  2. damn, girl! terri planty's blowin' up!

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  3. You are on F I R E! I love this spot btw, very cool to see you involved.

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  4. I first learned about your amazing small world terrariums at the brick haus sale not so long ago. I fell in love instantly and started reading your blog because it gave me the inspiration I've been needing for my own gardening, planting, creating. Then at work my awesome coworker Shannon started telling me about an exciting new display and I got SO excited that you were going to be doing an installation at my work! I go to look at the display when I'm stressed out or need a break from my desk. It's beautiful.

    So I wanted to stop by and say thanks for being involved at 826 and for giving us a shout out. I manage the Echo Park location so I greatly appreciate any word of mouth to get us more volunteers.

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