Last year I was quite fortunate to design a home line for the Haunted Mansion. My manager on the project was Cody Reynolds and we worked together to come up with ideas for different products and the directions I should take with the art. I love anything that feels immersive, and wanted to create as authentic of an experience as possible. We got to tour the Mansion early one morning before the Magic Kingdom opened and take endless pictures. I did my best to smash in as many small details as possible, everything from grates to doorknobs.
The jewelry box above I wanted to have a bit of a turn of the century vibe, something Madame Leota could have theoretically owned. It is my favorite piece of the collection, and by far took the longest to create.
The candelabra was a lot of fun. I utilized the gargoyle in the stretching room as well as details from the paneling in the queue area. The intended finish for all the pieces was going to be more of a black/grey stone feel, but I pushed for the green patina because it was more authentic. I’m thrilled with how it turned out.
The hourglass was one of Cody’s original ideas. I looked at many hourglasses for inspiration, and decided to bring back the gargoyle’s again along with some subtle mansion details from interior columns.
The frame was a pretty basic idea, recreating the attraction signage. We wanted to include a domed glass for a Victorian feel, but that, unfortunately, did not come to pass.
The hang tag was one of my favorite tasks in the collection. Originally they were supposed to be much simpler, but I saw the potential to make a really cool statement with the tarot theme so I went a bit nuts with them. In addition to what you see here, there may or may not be an unreleased pictorial front side depicting the classic “fortune” tarot card.