March 4, 2010
Behind the Scenes : Incarnations of the TV Craft Area
Posted by Hosanna Houser
Today's post is written by Anduin Havens, Art Director for The Martha Stewart Show.
More than any other area on the set of The Martha Stewart Show, the Craft Area changes with the seasons and holidays. We started Season 5 with light summery colors but moved quickly to the warmer, more autumnal palette of Halloween. Thanksgiving soon followed, then Christmas. January saw chilly greens and blues.
We enjoy coming up with new ideas, some of which become craft projects on the show, like the ribbon snakes Halloween decoration, and the corner-punched hearts from the Valentines set. Currently we are celebrating yarn crafts, with many beautiful skeins given generously by Lion Brand Yarn Studio.
Chip Glynn is the set decorator in charge of the Craft Area. We brainstorm and find the story we want the area to tell. Chip then collects a wonderful assortment of inspired things from our stock, from the company prop library, and from innumerable other sources. The decorating process starts well in advance with much planning and organizing. When the day comes to dress the set, it can be very fun! Tuesday we had one hour to change over the set for the Pink Show - that takes a lot of planning!
1 At the start of Season 5, the Craft Area color was pale green and brown.
2 Chip found beautiful shells and coral – a display of the summer’s treasures.
3 The set is decorated for Halloween the entire month of October
4 These snakes are made of wired ribbon and jewel eyes.
5 November brings warm rusts and browns. The display of spools and ribbon was Chip’s creation
6 The cubbies on the left side of the room.
7 Snowflakes made of doilies stretched in embroidery hoops bring winter to the Craft Room.
8 We loved the ribbon and spool display – the addition of Buri animals bring it into the woodland theme for Christmas.
9 In January we refresh our senses with more bright green and soft browns. Our ribbon is supplied by Masterstroke Canada and the boxes come from Russel and Hazel.
10 Valentine’s Day dressing is so fun and pretty!
11 These paper hearts were edged with corner punches. Martha
demonstrated how to make these on the show.
12 Cubbies in the Craft Area – Chip really pays attention to detail.
13 The Yarn Craft Area, thanks to Lion Brand!
14 We are ready to dress the set for the Pink Show.
15 Chip removes the green inspiration board…
16 … and replaces it with a pink one.
17 Anduin hangs a pink knit dress.
18 The Craft Area dressed for the Pink Show!
Keep watching to see what changes happen in the Craft Area the rest of the season. I hope they inspire you!
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