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the exquisite book

our graphic designers recently purchased a few books to use as inspiration – kevin and lizzy are both very talented artists and i love seeing artwork that they’re inspired by.  one of the books is called the exquisite book and upon opening it, a fascinating visual experience literally unfolds before your eyes.

the concept of the book is based around a modified version of the surrealist game “the exquisite corpse,” invented back in the 1920s. using a single sheet of paper, one artist would start at the top by drawing a head, and would fold the paper over leaving only the neckline. the next artist would draw the midsection, not knowing what the head looked like, and the third would complete the body by adding legs and feet.  then they would unfold the paper to reveal the character.

the book takes this concept and turns it into an entire book.  the first artist fills the first page, and the next artist draws their page having only seen the page prior to theirs. the book is divided into ten chapters that are each made up of ten pages, or ten artists.  the first artist of each chapter was given a phrase to start out with, such as “in the clouds…” or “in the mountains…” the results are fascinating! i love seeing how the artists feed off of each other.

here are some of my favorites:






i love this one.





for more info about the book check out the website.

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joanna -December 11, 2010, 11:51AM

this is just wonderful. I might just have to purchase this myself.

Taylor -December 11, 2010, 3:15PM

it’s now on my xmas list! :)

Ella Press -December 11, 2010, 7:49PM

That is amazing. I’d definitely buy it for Christmas. I could look at it for hours!

theonlineshopperau -December 11, 2010, 10:47PM

Love it! probably could just stare at it all day – dont know who i would buy it for though… other than myself :P

Elle -December 12, 2010, 12:32PM

I love this! Also, I realized that there has not been a beauty post since your Fall makeup tutorial! I would love to see more Free People Beauty posts! more hair, more makeup please! And I think Styling how-to’s every know and then would be super, like a “how to wear” section or something! Just got the December catalog and I ADORE it! Good job, Free People :)

chelsea -December 12, 2010, 5:45PM

these photos are giving me chills <3

fp julia -December 13, 2010, 10:52AM

elle – we have a hair video coming soon!! :)

fionazhou201 -December 14, 2010, 3:28AM

So funny books, maybe it can be as a christmas for my baby.

Taylor -December 27, 2010, 1:16PM

I got this book for christmas and i LOVE it~

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