map dresses

Chelsea girl,© Elisabeth Lecourt, www.elisabethlecourt.com Photo: © onepom/London

Reglisses roulees,© Elisabeth Lecourt [year], www.elisabethlecourt.com Photo: © onepom/London [year]
I discovered these works of art over on labour of heart. These paper map dresses are crafted by French artist Elisabeth Lecourt. She has made over 60 garments from cut up maps (each garment represents only one region) folding and ironing them to beauty. Check out her site for more info.

an antique book

Floating around the office of late has been an extraordinary old book filled with
even older postcards and snippets, some dating as far back as the 1870′s.
The lucky owner of this beautiful book is our Senior Knits Designer, Gianna.
The book had been passed from friend to friend for many years, with each of its
possessors adding to its pages while keeping with the general theme, until it
reached Gianna’s uncle. After a time, he gifted the book, now full, to her, seeing
her inclination to art, drawing and the like. At this point, Gianna has had the book
for ten years, and has no plans to give it up! (Who can blame her?) I wanted to
share this wonderful book with you, since we have all enjoyed it so much,
and even gotten some scrapbooking inspiration from its pages!

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Ayelet -May 21, 2008, 2:30PM
amazing... thanks for the inspiration Ayelet

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May Flowers!

Observe these wonderful flower girls created by Elsa Mora!
I have been perusing her blog and there is a lot of wonderful and interesting stuff!
You should check it out! She also has an Etsy shop for your pleasure.

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gangsta bride -Jun 13, 2009, 6:26PM
ha these are surprisingly really cute!
Lesley Yates -Oct 30, 2008, 2:11AM
These are just precious!! Love them!

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You might have already discovered these, since I’ve talked about Love Forever so many times, I’m sure you have the blog bookmarked. But seriously, how amazing are these garlands? I’m in love. I want to go home right now and cut up little shapes paper and string them all over my ceiling.
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Sophie Cuvelier is a French artist, from what I can tell because her site is all in French. But click on Diaporama and browse through all of her photos; I think there are a million of them. She also sells some garlands and Selvedge, and it looks like through her site too.

heatha -May 15, 2008, 10:43PM
you can also make these using those circle shaped price stickers that you can buy at any office supply store. check out this tip from martha: http://www.marthastewart.com/good-things/dot-garlands
lord -May 14, 2008, 12:04PM
me like

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glitter creations

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Mackenzie from our photo team makes these adorable creatures
by applying glitter to everyday objects one might find at the dollar store.
Here’s what she has to say about them:
“I’m obsessed with glitter. It makes me happy! It always has.
I love peeps too…their facial expressions crack me up, they’re all so different.”

Amanda -May 11, 2008, 7:58PM
Glitter is pretty much my favorite thing ever... actually peeps are... so glittery peeps... basically incredible!!
kimberlyMichelle -May 10, 2008, 10:57AM
how adorable!!

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Julia Pott

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friend of fp Julia Pott has some pretty
sweet illustrations. She’s also selling great handmade cards in her etsy shop! Get them while you can..

samantha hahn -May 07, 2008, 9:28PM
Soo cute. Love the kitties. Please take a peek at my work if you have the chance. I love FP blog and shops... Samantha Hahn www.samanthahahn.com www.samanthahahn.com/blog
prutunia -May 07, 2008, 7:26PM
i think i am in love with these drawings... cute sadkitty

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knitted wall cover

I walked into the NY boutique LP & P this weekend, and I just stared at the back wall for a good two minutes before the shop girl snapped me out of it. The entire back wall of the store is covered in this super chunky huge amazing knit wall covering. Giant flowers and cables in tonal grey colors. It is amazing. The shop girl explained that they are known for their knitwear (which was not obvious from the summer collection, understandably) and they do doggie clothes and women’s clothes as well. The shop is named after designer Catherine Fung’s two dogs, Little Prince and Piggy.

Candi~Teal Chic -May 11, 2008, 12:38AM
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!!
cima -May 06, 2008, 4:46AM
darn cool!

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crochet coral reef

The Coral Reef project has displayed in Pittsburgh and Chicago and is currently on display in New York. I had seen a small bit of it in the windows at NYU, and checked out the website for the Institute for Figuring and wasn’t all that impressed with what I saw in person or the images on the site. But then, I saw the pictures posted on Love Forever and now I am excited!
The project is an effort to draw attention to the disappearing wonders of the marine world caused by global warming and the disgusting amounts of trash in the ocean. The crochet technique they used is called Hyperbolic Crochet, based on an algorithmic technique discovered by mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina.
Check out the Institute for Figuring; there is a lot to read about the intentions and process for this exhibition.

ladak blankets

I spotted these on Bloesem. Ladak blankets are designed by Jantien de Wilde and Jane Stroink in Amsterdam. The blanket is made from a tough material of recycled sweaters, blankets, jeans and even parts of mattresses. They then embellish with pretty lace and trims. Not only are the blankets made from recycled materials, but 15% of the proceeds will go to a shelter for the homeless in Amsterdam. Your comfort is theirs!
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I’m not sure if you can order these on the US, but it is a great idea to embellish an old blanket you might usually use for picnics.

wall decals -Jul 13, 2012, 4:20AM
i like this post, the vintage style blankets are cool :)
Design Squish -Aug 09, 2009, 8:30AM
Really cool.

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how-to tutu

A few people asked how they can buy the FP tutus from the photo I posted. We do not have them for sale, but Luren from the display team has some tips.
To make these tutus, Luren used camisoles from past FP collections and petticoats she found on the internet. But you can make your own!
It’s easy to make a tutu: just find a color range of tulle and netting at your local fabric store and a thick band of elastic. If you have a sewing machine you can sew tiers of tulle onto the elastic band in a pleat-y way, folding an inch of the tulle under itself and sewing that inch, then folding more tulle under and sewing that inch so you’re making pleat after pleat after pleat right on the elastic band.
You can make several tiers of pleated tulle on a thick elastic band. Then you can add little bands of pleated tulle onto the bottom of the layers of tulle for extra bulk. We layered bright colors under pastel colors so that when you saw the tutus from below you got a special surprise pop of color.
Then we sewed them to Free People camisoles. The effect of this can be achieved with your homemade tutu or any tutu you can find at a thrift store or a dance shop. Most dance shops carry the donut style tutu (really big and thick around the waist) and the more relaxed skirt-y tutu. You can just pin the tutu to the bottom of the camisole all around and then use a needle and thread to whip stitch them together.
Good luck!
Luren (see this entry to learn more about Luren)

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Linda -Jul 29, 2011, 1:50PM
Your DIY's are absolutley amazing! Went through everything, loved it and will use a lot in the future. THANK YOU

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marbled paper

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Courtney and Lizzy made some beautiful marbled papers for our “trend walls.” As the designers are developing a trend, they designate a wall in the hallway where they post all kinds of inspirational images, artwork, magazine tears, trims, etc. You’ll have to wait a few months to see what comes of the trend with the marbled colors… The painting sure looks like fun though!
Here are some of the supplies and tips:
Paper was from Pearl Paint
Big white tub was from Ikea
The marbling kit was from Pearl too.
Innovative Marbling Suminagashi Dye Ink Set:
6 colors, in 12 ml. tubes and it comes with instructions!!
The girls put a little baby oil (does not come in the set) in the water too, just to make it more interesting. Wherever the oil is, the paper will remain white.
Check out the comments from an expert marbler for some more tips…

Aline -Aug 28, 2008, 8:10AM
It's beautiful your work.!!!!!!!! How to? I'd like to now how to do it... by using cheap and recycled material x Aline
Wendy -Apr 26, 2008, 11:51AM
you should use marble paper idea for artwork in the next catalog!!

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doggy cake

Check out this amazing beagle birthday cake that Jill (the Training Manager at the Customer Service Call Center) received for her birthday. It was actually made by her husband Pablo, who works in the South Carolina fulfillment center where all Free People orders are shipped from. Pretty impressive. The design was likely inspired by Pablo and Jill’s dog Baylee, who they found roaming around the woods near the South Carolina facility. The beagle and doghouse are made of marshmallows!

anna -Apr 06, 2008, 9:48AM
this looks cool
ellen -Apr 01, 2008, 12:49AM
so cute! and looks absolutely delicious!

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