A Mural of Sisterhood

We completed our very first mural in the San Gabriel area, and the client couldn’t be happier with how it came out. They treat their business like a large family, and wanted something that represented that somewhat exotic ideal. We had just the thing.

Finding the Right Inspiration

Providing the perfect conceptual piece that also keeps things light and promotes a business is a fine art itself. We worked with the client first to establish their motivations and discuss who their customer is. Who were they trying to reach?

Choosing colors

As a cabinet wholesaler and large local showroom, they deal with a lot of small families. Local residents come from far and wide to find the right cabinets for their kitchens, investing in their homes. A stronger picture developed about the intimacy of their business model; they send installers often to install their products in these people’s homes.

An early sketch for our sisterhood mural

All of this requires a strong suspension of concerns over strangers. It demands a commitment to trust and reliability–like family.

Our Own Sisterhood

Our own relationship as sisters has not always been perfect. We are step-sisters, technically; connected by a tenuous bond of marriage between our parents. For any readers sharing the same connection, you’ll understand that it can start uneasily. There is no perfect guide, no ancient stone tablet describing how to forge bonds of affection. It’s an exploratory enterprise with everyone feeling around in the dark.

Humble beginnings for our sisters

The most basic of routines were sticky subjects, originally. Finding common ground can be just as much of a win one day as a step backwards the next when we discovered differences. Something that old friends and blood relations can often take for granted is every little foible that is so easily forgiven. Not so easy with someone you’ve just met, though. Not by half.

Over time we began to learn each other’s tempos, the idiosyncrasies that made us tick. We spent more time together, and shared experiences began to substitute for a history without association. Not to shoehorn the point in, but there are some fairly clear corollaries here with meeting a new customer.

Creating sisterhood methodically

Reach Out, Reach In

In the end, we are left with the strongest impression that real sisterhood isn’t too distinguishable from strong friendship. And likewise, isn’t too different from the nurturing and knowledgeable care from a trusted business partner. We’ve become all three. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Working on the mural

Completing the mural was another step, another piece for our own sisterhood. More and more we realize that there is nothing to linger on or regret about the fact that we have forged our affection through time. It is an earned association, one where we can point to every moment and event that built the bridge between us.

Sisters and sisters

If you want to check out this Los Angeles mural project in person, you can find it along Walnut Grove Ave a few blocks south of Las Tunas Drive in San Gabriel, on Cabinet City’s walls. Have any questions about it, or want to share your thoughts about it with us? You can reach out on our contact page.