Col­lege stu­dents com­peted in dis­play

Win­dow Walk

Austin American-Statesman - - CLASSIFIEDS - The Ra­pun­zel win­dow at Etcetera, Etc. took third in the Win­dow Walk. Pho­tos BY deb­o­rah Can­non / amer­i­can-states­man Con­tin­ued from D Austin Rocks is sport­ing a Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood dis­play, the first-place win­ner. The Lit­tle Mer­maid dis­play on a va­cant s

be up un­til Jan. 2. The stu­dents com­peted for $2,500 to $1,000 in schol­ar­ship prizes from Sil­i­con Labs. Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood by Devon Brown­low and Skyler McIn­tosh won first place. Lori Navarrette was run­ner-up with the In­vo­ca­tion of Spring. Brown­low and McIn­tosh also took sec­ond with the Lit­tle Mer­maid and third went to Lara Hin­capi for Ra­pun­zel.

To par­tic­i­pate, the­ater stu­dents had to cre­ate a pro­posal with a bud­get 0f less than $500. That in­spired cre­ative uses of ma­te­ri­als: They made foam look like wood, Sty­ro­foam balls look like a per­son’s head, CDs look like mer­maid scales, felt pieces look like tree leaves.

They also learned that some things are not as sim­ple as they ap­pear. Brown­low spent a week and a half get­ting the look of the wolf’s mask right. She used ce­real boxes, rolled-up news­pa­pers, pa­per tow­els and pa­per to cre­ate the head. Spray­painted pa­per and blue lights cre­ate the look of fur. Brown­low, who grad­u­ated from St. Ed­ward’s with a the­ater de­gree last week, says the wolf’s head was the most dif­fi­cult part of the Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood scene. “Ex­pe­ri­ence­wise, this stuff makes you or breaks you,” she says. “It was a blast.”

Stu­dents spent most of the se­mes­ter plan­ning. Once they knew which store they would be dec­o­rat­ing, they had to al­ter the de­sign to fit that store and to work with the store’s needs. For Brown­low and her part­ner McIn­tosh, that meant work­ing with Austin Rocks to in­cor­po­rate the store’s man­nequins and mak­ing the trees in the woods as thin as pos­si­ble so peo­ple could see through the win­dow into the store.

For Rachel Atkin­son, who did Peter Pan at Luxe Apo­the­tique, work­ing with the store meant dec­o­rat­ing a larger win­dow than she had planned and bring­ing some of the store’s mer­chan­dise into the win­dow de­sign. Atkin­son, who is work­ing on her master’s of fine arts in the­ater de­sign at UT, says she loved work­ing with the store em­ploy­ees, who The re­sults are in. Co­nan’s Pizza on 29th Street, with its end-ofthe world Christ­mas mu­ral in honor of the Mayan cal­en­dar’s end, has won the Austin In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness Al­liance’s Hol­i­day Win­dow Shop­ping Con­test. Read more about that con­test, states­man.com/style. gave her good sug­ges­tions of what they wanted. “The win­dow is stronger be­cause of it,” she says.

Stu­dents put per­sonal touches and winks in their win­dows. Eileen Chaf­fer and her part­ner Gena Castillo, both the­ater ma­jors at St. Ed­wards who grad­u­ated last week, cre­ated C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Fans of the book will see Mr. Thomas’ scarf on the lamp and Turk­ish de­light in the win­dow among other el­e­ments of the story.

Chaf­fer says she orig­i­nally de­signed the wardrobe to be more like a por­tal into a store, but when they learned they were as­signed a va­cant store win­dow, they re­designed with a foam wardrobe that looks like wood. Chaf­fer did two win­dows last year but says this one is her fa­vorite. She’s putting this ex­pe­ri­ence and school to work with an in­tern­ship in the cos­tume shop at New York The­atre Work­shop.

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