Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

Give two #AerieREAL girls a blank wall and a few days, and they’ll make a masterpiece! When we realized our SoHo Pop-Up was in need of a little something extra, two of our graphic designers made it happen. Most days, Nicolette and Brittany work on the beautiful Aerie designs you see in print, but this time we asked them to PAINT! They worked for two days (and nights!) straight to create an amazing, free-hand mural inspired by our Fall 2017 photoshoot.

Read on and find out how they turned their idea into a full-sized mural that shows #AerieREAL in all its beauty. Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

What was the inspiration behind the mural you designed?

B: The inspiration for our mural was the beautiful landscapes in Kenab, where our Fall photoshoot took place. We took inspiration from the lines, curves, tones and overall diversity of the earth’s landscape that so beautifully, and, in a way, artistically depict some of the different characteristics that make each one of us unique!

You hand painted it from start to finish! Tell us about the process.

N: Brittany and I gathered different photographs from the shoot, all including various landscapes, colors and shapes. We studied these and used them as our inspiration while we hand-drew an outline of what we were envisioning for the mural. We then scanned these onto the computer and began adding in colors inspired by the color palette of the Aerie Fall products along with colors found in nature. We matched these colors to real paint colors and once we drew the outlines on the canvas, used them to fill in all of the white space and began to see the mural come to life!

B: I have to say, this was definitely a first for me! My entire life, I had been artistically inclined and painted and drew as a hobby, however I had never painted anything larger than 18” x 24”, let alone a mural!

Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up MuralMeet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

How is #AerieREAL reflected in your designs?

B: We incorporated the characteristics that we found in our shoot that we felt closely resembled some of the different characteristics our bodies have: different curves, different shapes, lines, stretch marks, wrinkles, freckles, tones. We truly believe that these are things that should be embraced; if they are beautiful in art and nature, then they are beautiful on our bodies.

What advice do you have for aspiring graphic designers?

N: Don’t ever hold back your creativity. Always be on the lookout for inspiration. When I visit new places and cities, I soak it all in and let it inspire my work. Design trends are never-ending, so I always make sure to do research any chance I get. It’s amazing how much you can grow as a designer with time and practice.

B: Graphic Design is a rewarding career. You can do what you love, while also communicating a positive message (such as #AerieREAL!). That being said, it can be very competitive and the best advice I could give is to stay #AerieREAL and not compare yourself to fellow graphic designers, in the same way you should never compare your body to someone’s else’s body. There will always be amazing designers. There will always be great ideas you wish you thought of. But that gives you the opportunity to admire, rather than compare. I would also advise I would give is: practice, practice, practice. The more projects that you do, the more you will develop your skills. xoxo.

Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

Visit Nikki and Brittany’s mural IRL at 72 Spring Street now! Want to learn more about our pop-up? Read more here.

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#AerieREAL Is Heading Back On The Road!

Popping up at a school near you this fall: our NEW Real Me Collection, freebies & fun times! We’re kicking off the next round of the #AerieREAL Pop-Up Tour next week and bringing lots of love to 8 campuses across the country:

9.6-9.7: University of Wisconsin – Madison

9.11-9.12: University of Cincinnati

9.14-9.15: The Ohio State University 

9.18-9.19: University of Pittsburgh & Carnegie Mellon University

9.21-9.22: Rutgers University 

9.25-9.26: University of Connecticut 

10.2-10.3: James Madison University 

10.5-10.6: University of Maryland 

Be one of the 50 people to come see us each day, and you’ll get a FREE Real Me Unlined or Lightly Lined Bra with any purchase! You’ll also get to meet #AerieREAL role model, Iskra, at select stops. Read on and find out about more fun happening on our tour!

With any purchase at any stop, you can make your own succulent planters with pretty rose gold or metallic planters. The DIY continues with custom FRAMEWORK pouches that you can make your own with stencil paints. We’ll be giving away free pouches at every stop!

Sign up or use AEO Connected™, and take 40% off your ENTIRE purchase at all stops! Make sure you bring the plastic– all stops are cards only, no cash. Work up an appetite and snack on BoomChickaPop while you shop!

As always… we’ll be waiting with #AerieREAL inspo & REAL fun times. Can’t wait to see you soon! 

 

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