Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Coming to a Lowe's Hardware Near YOU!


There are so many things I love about being a full-time artist. As you may or may not know, from the hours of 8 to 5, Monday thru Friday, I work as a retail product designer/illustrator.

If you don't work with product production then you might be unaware of this fact, there are lots and Lots and LOTS of steps that happen before you see a piece of merchandise on your local retailer's shelf. Many companies work on product requests, ideas, designs, changes, changes,.....and MORE changes, then finally production anywhere from six months to years before you have the opportunity to buy.

I would love to share with you three winter retail products I illustrated in January of 2006 that are currently on the shelves of Lowe's Hardware stores nationwide.

The image at the top of the post along with the two images below are my design illustrations. These particular concepts are a collaboration between the Lowe's design team, and the company where I work.

Often large retailers are looking for a particular look or style, and they share those ideas with manufacturers. It is then up to the vendor to interpret the retailer's product needs with a unique and eye-catching product design.


So... after ten months from start to finish, the following pictures are the actual statuary sitting on the shelf at the Lowe's near my home.



Actually SEEING your design sitting on the shelf is the most exhilarating experience! And, I truly cherish the fleeting moments when I am standing in a crowded aisle looking at the final product.

13 comments:

annie said...

absolutely beautiful...tracie...that is so wonderful...what alot of hard work...those angels have your brand on them...congrats!

Shari Beaubien said...

Wow, Tracie! It has been really terrific to read more about your entire process. I can only imagine how wonderful it feels to walk into Lowe's and see them sitting there. I promise you, I'll be walking into my Lowe's to have a gander myself! They're beautiful designs. Hugs, Shari

Mary lin said...

Tracie, These are so beautiful!! I am sooo proud of you and your talents. And the fact that your are the best daughter-in-law I could ever want!!!

Love

Marylin

Anonymous said...

Tracie,
Thanks for sharing this! It is so cool. I'm tempted to rush to Lowe's to pick some up myself!
They are beautiful!

Tanaya said...

Wow, super impressive. Although, I have to say...I don't think they are charging enough money for these...they are awesome!

Congratulations, we're so proud of you!!!!!

art spirit said...

YAY! Great to see your art out in the world! I guess I will have to go to Lowe's and have a gander, even though they are our competitors in the hardware world.

teresa said...

WOW...those are so wonderful!! I need to check out my local Lowe's don't I!?? WTG Girl!

Anonymous said...

congratulations tracie!!
it must be an amazing rush....

art spirit said...

Tracie, I hope the angels have arrived in CA. I am going to buy some for my mother-in-law's birthday! Love all your work! Now for those ATC's....

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Tracie Lyn - love your designs! And how cool is that to see them brought to life?!

Syd said...

I can imagine how exciting that would be to see something you created go nation wide! Thanks for the peak at your world!

W.O.E. Honorary Pumpkin Carver

Anonymous said...

That's great that you're a full-time artist. I wish I wuz...

Anonymous said...

You are sooo talented! Your designs are wonderful.