Retailer Creates Good Vibe for Art Internship

| September 21, 2011

If you’ll pardon the pun, Ellen Reid found a pretty good fit at Anthropologie over the summer.

The senior Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate landed an internship at the trendy retailer’s Georgetown store working with the display team.

For Reid, who’s majoring in studio art with a minor in dance, it was a chance to put her artist’s skills and sensibilities to practical use in a vibrant, creative atmosphere — a milieu where she says she felt comfortable.

Reid spent much of her time installing and uninstalling store displays. Working with an array of materials from wood to paints, decals and fabric, the team would try to sculpt more than a visual display for patrons.

Anthropologie is a growing women’s clothing and home furnishings chain that aims to create an aura of escape and connection for its customers.

“Anthropologie tries to make shopping an experience,” Reid said. “When you go into the store it’s not about shopping, it’s about being immersed in the environment.

“That’s what I try to do with my art — make it an experience.”

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