The Abercrombie & Fitch tiles are actually for their store Hollister. I have never been in a Hollister before and the tile that they painted are very dark red with a black glaze over it. It's so dark that when you hold it above your head it looks black. I ended up doing a sample for them and they were happy with it. All that had to occur now was the fire testings in Japan to be done and passed. They told me if they do get the order, there would be about 900 tiles 2 ft by 2 ft to paint. How in the world was I going to handle that, store it, and paint it? What was I getting myself into?
In December I brought them tiles that I painted in colors and finishes that I thought would be marketable to the public. I did a about 12 different finishes, and I could envision each one in their one special place. A very unusual one I did was Harvest Gold Reactive Paint, sold by Modern Masters with a Black and Blue Patina. This one was actually a huge hit and about a month ago we got our first order from a high end restaurant in Sweden. At the very same time, Japan approved the Hollister sample and an order was also placed. Panick set in. For about 4 months I envisioned how we could set up drying racks and here it is. Now. Build them now.
I spent all weekend before the big day setting up these wire shelves. It was not easy, my fingers were aching. I missed the Grammy's, the boys had to be watched by my parents so I could string these wires.
The next day was test time. We had 220 tiles to paint for Hollister first (Sweden would have to wait) and thankfully so.
Monday was the first day, and the beginning of our many issues, mistakes and adjustments would need to be made. The wire shelves just weren't going to cut it. They sagged, the tiles still scratched and scraped. I panicked. My husband looked into getting foam core board at Home Depot. I called the tin ceiling company, and yahoo! They have plenty of cardboard that I can cut in half, and use as my shelves. The tile will just slide in. And it was more then half the cost of Home depot. Bye bye wire. What a waste of time that was.
|My dismantled wire. Reminds me of an art project in college.|
This is what my new shelves looked like. It worked like a charm, the tiles slid in. You just had to be careful not to bump the cardboard above as you angle it in.
The Hollister tiles would have taken less time had we not had to stop and re-configure the shelving.
Here is a picture of the Hollister tile. Next time you are near a store, stop in and look up. They look black don't they? Well, some artist was paid to paint them first, and thankfully so! Keeps us busy!
Check back soon, I will post about the Sweden Tiles!