nightvision

Spotted this over on craftzine.com and had to share. Images above are by Audrey Penven. She sews on film negatives in a darkroom wearing nightvision goggles. Pretty amazing.
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So we received this anonymous comment on one of the August catalog postings…
“I think you guys should do a write up in the blog on how to tie scarves! There are so many new beautiful scarves in stock now and there put on the models in such a neat way, I would love to know how its done.”
What a great idea! Some girls from our creative team made this little video for you, with one of our web stylists showin how it’s done. Enjoy!

fpgirl -Aug 13, 2007, 4:05PM
Hey Darby. Thanks for the comment! It was an awesome idea! Hope you liked the video...
Darby (anonymous girl) -Aug 13, 2007, 2:54PM
yaaay! When I posted that comment I didnt think you guys would actually do it! Thankyou so much :)

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I managed to get a hold of some more pictures of our new showroom to share with you. The visual/display team adorned the walls with tons of artwork, similar to the way they do the fitting rooms in all the Free People stores.
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The way they work is they gather inspiration and ideas and make some sketches. The designs are all roughly planned out before they attack a wall. But then the scale is enlarged and each piece is hand drawn or painted, so each one comes out a little bit special. Here are some photos of the finished pieces!
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lovefreepeople -Aug 11, 2007, 11:23PM
i love all of the creativity and goregous patterns you put into your designs, they really make an outfit come to life
sarah -Aug 10, 2007, 11:10PM
the visual team is so amazingly fabulous. i love working for the company. :) :)

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The Free People display team is in the process of decorating our new New York showroom. The showroom is where we sell to all the other stores that sell Free People. We display all of our upcoming collections there and the girls in the showroom work with the buyers of each store to choose the best styles for their particular customers and locations.
So here’s a few shots of the supplies and process. I’ll try to get some photos for you of the finished showroom too!

Samantha -Jan 25, 2009, 10:57AM
Hello!! I'm a junior in high school and am 16 years old and in LOVE with Free People. I've been wearing your designs for years and adore everything about them. It would be my greatest dream to work during the summer at one of your store locations. Greenwich or Manhattan is possible. I plan on sending a letter to the managers of the stores. Do you have any other suggestions? -Sam
Marilyn -Nov 18, 2008, 4:48PM
Hi FP! I was just wondering- do free people employees get free/discounted merchandise? By the way, near my home in Eldersburg, MD there is a "main street" opening that I think would be a perfect Free People location!

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you say tomato

Attack of the giant tomato pincushion! No, it’s a bean bag chair, and you can make it. Spotted on love forever and find the tutorial on how to make your own at etsy labs. I wanna take a field trip there!

WendyB -Aug 12, 2007, 3:51AM
That's so cute!
Ijlal/freegal -Jul 27, 2007, 9:21PM
I just love it the tomatoe pin bean bag chair is so adorable for the sewing and crafty lovers

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the workshop

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Just wanted to share a few photos I snapped in the display team’s workshop. Doesn’t that first picture look like the most girly hardware store you’ve ever seen? So out of all this madness comes our beautiful displays. Our fall store displays are being installed now, so I’ll get you some photos and the inside scoop later this week!

nicole -Mar 25, 2008, 11:38AM
AMAZING! I am the visual manager at Saks Fifth Avenue...this looks like such creative, artsy fun! I love it..thank you for the inspiration! keep up the good work!
Ijlal/freegal -Jul 19, 2007, 7:31PM
girlie indeed makes me want to go out any buy a pink hammer and start banging on something lol. I just love it

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nyt says craft is cool

The New York Times has made made an announcement. Craft is cool. Check out this article highlighting some of our favorite craft pioneers like Debbie Stoller and the folks at Etsy. Obviously, we’re way ahead of the NYT, and the fancy designers officially making crafts fashionable. But I always like to see what the big dogs are making a fuss about. And it’s nice to see some of the people we support getting such attention. So check it out.
Photo above is from the article, featuring a sewing class at Make Workshop in the Lower East Side in NY…

fpgirl -Jul 19, 2007, 9:27PM
About the silver clogs... They will be available in our next catalog in August. Look for them then!
Sarah ann -Jul 17, 2007, 2:49PM
It's the alternative one, there are 2 covers this month! I tried to link a photo but it didn't work. Here's the link: http://alternativepress.com/images/issues/cover_229_2aug07_lg.jpg

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knitting music


Have you seen this? French musician Camille’s video for her song “Ta Douleur”. Check out a little blurb from wikipedia
“This album incorporated an avant-garde concept – a string, or thread (“le fil”), which was a drone that persisted throughout the entire course of the album. All of the songs in this album are based on the exploration of the voice, with only a double bass or double bass and keyboard as accompanying instruments.”

Dangereux -Jul 08, 2007, 12:09PM
ooo I love Camille, she also did a song for Nouvelle Vague and you can hear her vocals in Ratatouille!
Ceci -Jul 04, 2007, 10:37AM
CAMILLE IS FANTASTIC! Wonderful name drop, Freepeople! Highly reccomend.

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craft catch up

Did you miss the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend? Or maybe you’re thinking about checking out the Chicago scene? Poppy Talk did this cool guide to the fair that can catch you up on what you missed… Above image from rock paper scissors

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from woolies

bathrooms -Dec 23, 2009, 1:09AM
Great comment, love the design of the site too.
Kate -Jun 21, 2007, 12:02PM
The bag is fab...I'm a sucker for anything with typefaces on :)

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Etsy has teamed up with Instructables for this Sew Useful contest. So you know that Etsy is all about supplying a marketplace for the independent artist and crafter, and Instructables is a community created to share the how-to’s for useful projects. I love how Instructables encourages the sharing of finds and ideas. I mean, that’s what blogging is all about, right? Anyway, combining these two ideas, you get the ultimate way to support the handmade community. And there’s prizes…

And they’re working with one laptop per child. So check out the contest!

good taste arbiter -Jun 16, 2007, 3:20PM
so many oblique references to bags, chinese cafes, cojoined twins, onesies. who's running this blog anyways? nazi prolifers? so disappointed in free people. maybe you should change your brand name to reflect your views more accurately

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painted garden

I was flipping through the third issue of Craft: magazine (the one put out by the makers of Make:) and this picture was just so striking. This is just one little corner of a garden created by Diane Salavracos in Belgium. She buys odd colored spray paint from graffiti shops and then paints dried flowers, broken branches, Halloween pumkins, pine cones, etc. to create a year round colorful wonderland. Not as environmentally positive as a growing green garden, but it looks really cool.

true nature -Jun 18, 2007, 12:21AM
the pink garden = wicked!
Tearsa -Jun 16, 2007, 6:38PM
Wow! This looks awesome!

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baby onesies

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We had a baby shower last week for our Planner (she figures out how much we need to buy of each style, what stores to send which styles, she manages all the numbers). All of her coworkers from the buying and web teams made her these adorable onesies! They have heat transfer graphics and are hand dyed. So cute, right!

sharon -Jun 28, 2007, 1:08PM
www.babyjay.com sells the BEST baby onesies. I use them all the time for baby shower gifts.
ginger -Jun 27, 2007, 7:07PM
A friend and I threw a baby shower where we had the same idea! We provided the guests blank onesies (three different sizes for as the baby grows), fabric paint, stamps, and plates for mixing colors. We had the onesies strung up bank as part of the decor, then rehung them as drying art decor. The mom-to-be then picked her favorite and the winner was awarded one of our centerpieces. It was the hit of the shower, and they all came out really cute!

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