I decided to go all-out on the hallway and did this chevron pattern.
And here’s how:
Step 0: You should have paint on hand for your background (original wall) color and the main color, becausue there will probably be some minor touchups
STEP 1: Tape Tape Tape, I measured out the hall, and with 88″ It divided into 4 sections of 22″ and then sort of approximated the rest to work around the 4 doors in that hallway. Do the vertical stripes first, with a lazer level. To get the angle for the chevrons, you can use a drafting triangle, I used a 30/60 triangle, if you dont have one just take a piece of cardboard or paper and make yourself a guide. The great thing about this pattern is that you can do it all in one step.
STEP 2: For the cleanest possible lines make sure to press the tape down hard at the edges! Use your nails, or use a small plastic putty knife. Do not skip this step! The whole project depends on the tape sticking!
STEP 3: Paint it! I found the blue tape wrinkles a bit which is scary but the trick is just to power through, get it as covered as you can in a single coat before the paint soaks into the tape and wrinkles. Then touch up any places the wall color shows through with a paint brush. TIP: Keep your roller and brush as lightly coated as possible to avoid drips, keep rolling back and forth and up and down to get coverage.
STEP 4: Wait for it to dry… then peel the tape and make a big ball of tape in the middle of the floor, or maybe smaller balls which the cats can chase until they get bothered by it sticking to their paws.
STEP 5: Touch up any bleeds or missed spots, and then make yourself a drink.
The Hollenback lamp is made from a single chunk of reclaimed lumber salvaged from a turn of the century building which was being demolished. The lamp is two cubes of opposing materials: old wood and new plexiglass. The shade is made from thick plexiglass with a clear top which is cut and polished like a gem to create a striking pattern of light on the ceiling when turned on. The bottom half of the base is coated in high-gloss dutch lacquer. (Various colors available.)
Here is the E wall I made installed at the new Hudson St equinox! (see previous post for pics of it under construction) I am so happy with how this looks in the space, I am doing an injustice to the overall design of the gym by only showing the part that I made, but hey, if you want to see more of the rest of the place go to Equinox’s website.
A friend of mine who is a designer for Equinox gyms commissioned me to build the feature wall for behind the reception desk at their new gym opening on Hudson. Her design is a reference to the space’s former use as a printing factory, the whole wall is covered in oversized versions of printing press letters. Here are a few of the panels completed and waiting to be packed up. More photos once the gym opens! Should be gorgeous painted all black!
Today Apartment therapy posted a house tour of Adam Greco’s apartment for the 99 John Street building. I built several brand new custom lights in here, the Libertania floor lamps you see above, the Perverto candelabra chandeliers in the hallway and the Angler desk lamp. Now all available through Adam and I’s Coppernicus Lighting, (Website coming soon!) We really went all out with custom items in here. Low budget+ short time +lots of creativity + lots of work = Lovely!
I’ve been so busy that I have so much to write about and no time to write about it! So here come the posts!
First off Scoutmob interviewed me for their ‘Creative Eye’ section, covering local creative-types after they saw my lighting at 63 Bites. So here’s what they had to say about Jess Shirley: Artiste Extraordinaire. (I am very much flattered!)
“A graduate of the School of Visual Arts with a major in Interior Design, Jess Shirley can make, well, pretty much anything. And she can work, well, pretty much anywhere. With stints as close as Midtown and as far away as Berlin, she seems to have done it all. Need an strange lamp rewired? Jess is on it. Want installation light fixtures made out of copper tubing? You got it. Dying for a magical pumpkin patch? No problem. With a background in set design and a hands-on curiosity that allows her to tackle pretty much any artistic project you could throw at her (though she’s currently focusing on lighting and the art department side of film), Jess Shirley may just be the Most Interesting Woman in the World. But we’ll let you decide that:”
I was listening to this song this morning and thought I’d share the video. I remember watching Kate Bush’s videos on VHS as a kid and her visuals (and dancing) were always amazing and still inspiring. I would LOVE for someone to ask me to make a big cloud-busting machine. (Also: Love the Donald Sutherland cameo!)
On Halloween weekend I got a quick (but not easy) job making a magical pumpkin patch for a short film called “Tommy’s Pumpkin”. Tommy awakes to find fairy dust from a blue fairy (who he saw at the circus) has created a magical pumpkin patch in his neighbor’s yard, and the pumpkins help him to escape the evil carny Santa who is chasing him. Trippy, I know.
So I spent my Halloween carving and decorating no less than 45 pumpkins! Until I get a clip here’s photos I took of the installation: