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how awesome are these photos by kassia meador? they are part of a show opening today in los angeles called “put your finger on the button,” comprised of all female photographers.   if you’re not familiar with kassia, in addition to being skilled with a camera, she’s also a professional surfer…and she was cool enough to answer some questions for the blog!

read on to learn more about how she got started with photography, and check out some of the brand new photos she sent me below.

how long have you been interested in photography?
i’ve been traveling the world as a professional surfer since i was 17. my family always wanted to see where i was going and what i was up to so i’d shoot photos along the way. when i was 20 i got a super bad injury that kept me out of the water for almost a full year. during that time i took some online photo classes to just learn a bit more. since then i have been shooting more and more. it wasnt ’till last year when a good friend and mentor thomas campbell saw a few of my photos and was like “yo you should show people some of your work.” he helped me edit some images and i was invited to show some work in japan for their greenroom festival. since then i have had a few shows in california and nyc. i just recently shot my first fashion story for foam magazine and am planning a shoot for their next issue. super jazzed to be shooting as much as possible and excited to see where it all goes…”

is photography more of a hobby for you or do you see it becoming a profession as well?
“it is something i love to do just like surfing. but surfing not only was my first love it also became my profession. photography is a bit like that for me as well…i really love it and am so passionate about making images that make people feel something. i’m working on shooting lil fashion stories now and i’m really into it so we’ll see where it leads.”

what inspires you on a daily basis?
“my friends, family, environment and traveling.”

who are your heroes?
“i got a lot of heroes. but some people who are super inspirational to me on a photography level are thomas campbell, david mushegain, michael halsband, and ellen von unwerth”

(we love david mushegain too! he shot our december catalog – check out our post on him here.)

and now, check out these incredible photos kassia shot on new year’s morning.  the project is titled “MARS…A NEW DAY A NEW DAWN,” which she describes it as “just a fresh perspective on a new year and all that lies ahead”

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for more info on the show, click here, and to check out more of her awesome work click here.

thank you so much kassia, we think you’re rad!!

and the winner is…

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we are finally ready to announce the winner of the win your wishlist contest!

the grand prize winner is…………… marydea from nashville tennessee!

read on to learn a little more about her and her personal style.

why did you pick the items you did, and what’s your favorite thing you picked?
the items that i picked are mostly accessories because fp has beautiful vintage inspired items that complement my clothes. my favorite item i picked is the beaded wings cardigan. i think the beads are a lovely touch!

how would you describe your personal style?
for my personal style i tend towards old-fashioned dresses and brightly colored basics. i love victorian lockets and antique jewelry. my closet is inspired by the 1940′s/1950′s and woodland fairies.

what are your hobbies?
i love to paint, ride my bike, cook and bake, be with friends and my two sisters! i love doing anything outside on a lovely day!

what is your first memory of free people?
my first memory of freepeople was.. about 4 christmases ago my grandmother bought me a swiss dot long sleeved shirt and a deer lambs wool hooded vest that i wanted and i still wear it to this day!

here’s a peak at some of the items on her wishlist!

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congratulations marydea!

fawn -Jan 08, 2010, 12:32PM
Amazingly lucky! :)
SweetMom -Jan 07, 2010, 8:00PM
I know you will LOVE all the pieces you won, Free People have the greatest fashions and you chose wisely! Congratulations .........

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a close-up of the girl on the right’s awesome ring:

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even brownie is lookin stylish in his cozy sweater!

oana_mayo -Jan 08, 2010, 1:12PM
That's perfect.Everyone has his own style.Is a pleasure to watch the free people. xoxo,Oana
Anni De Leon -Jan 07, 2010, 5:58PM
I REALLY LIKE YOU'RE OFFICE STYLE POSTS : )

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welcome to the first thursday poll of the new year! i thought today would be a good time to introduce some of our different swim styles for this year and see which one you like best! it might seem a little early to talk about swim but if you’re planning a vacation somewhere warm, or just dreaming about the warm weather ahead, we’ve got some great styles for you to check out…

by the way, your favorite headband from last week was the flower cluster sequin applique headband, which beat the feather and gem headband by only 9 votes!

ok so let’s get to it…which swim style is your favorite?

the colorblock one piece:

the printed high waisted bikini:

the ruffle and lace bandeau bikini:
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or the blossom printed ruffle one piece:
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-Jan 08, 2010, 5:31PM
I think the first one....one piece is the most flattering...and Hot!!!

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celebs in fp

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vanessa hudgens in our rosetta cami

molly quinn in the military ruffle jacket

-Jan 08, 2010, 1:07PM
Idem Pauline.The jacket is original.You give me so much ideas.Thank you,'free people'!
pauline -Jan 08, 2010, 9:47AM
I love the military ruffle jacket, realy original!

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good morning! i’m really excited to bring you a guest blog post from andrea of the blog fly, who also happens to be the artist behind our hand drawn floral converse!  read on to learn about where she drew her inspiration for the shoes.

When I was approached by Free People to use my doodle-style illustrations for a small run of sneakers I immediately thought of flower gardens. Aside from the feminine elements that can be associated with Free People and flowers, I really liked the idea of an eclectic garden of quirks and fun, much how I see the brand.

Over the years I’ve collected tons of vintage fabric swatches and ephemera (like magazine clippings and wallpaper scraps) featuring various forms of floral designs. I particularly like to use Secondhand Rose wallpaper swatches and William Morris’ floral designs for references. Using all these elements for inspiration I developed little clusters of tiny flowers, abstract roses, and dingbats to create the doodles for the shoes.

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thanks so much andrea, we love your shoes!

UK Clothing -Jan 20, 2010, 1:33AM
Thanks for introducing her work here , She is doing very well and I strongly believe in a fact that only those people deserve success who dare to innovate cuz innovation demands too much hard work to create a thing no one knows before. Visit you again, Good Luck for ALL !
Gloria -Jan 11, 2010, 12:56PM
I love her blog and I did wonder how her design and her collaboration with Free People came to be because she posted her design on her design blog. :)

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we have a new senior web merchandiser who came to us from london! read on to learn a little bit more about her…(transcribed below):

quick questions

what is your theme song?

“rhiannon” by fleetwood mac (long version!!)

if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?

mallorca in the balearic islands

what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?
vintage ossie clark dress & wedding band

what is your biggest fear?
not making the most of life

winter, spring, summer or fall?

hope springs eternal…

what color are you?
rainbow colored

what is your motto?

what goes around comes around

what is your favorite hobby?

flea markets

if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
neil young (circa 1973…)

dreamscapes

one of my friends here at the office told me about the artist kia neill, who makes these amazing installations of environments that are mysterious and magical.  using found materials, and lots of glitter, she creates worlds that you thought only existed in your imagination.  if you’re in the austin, texas, area, i highly recommend checking out these incredible environments at her show “terrain,” at the women & their work gallery january 16 – february 25.  kia was also kind enough to answer some questions for me about her work:

what was the inspiration behind the installations in the “terrain” exhibit?
“‘terrain’ is actually the continuation of a series of previous installations. with each installation the environment grows and is reconfigured. most previous to ‘terrain,’ i created ‘grotto’ at lawndale art center in houston, tx. the installation was a sparkly cavernous environment the viewer entered immediately upon exiting the elevator on the second floor. it was as though the viewer was enclosed in a gigantic geode. A geode is actually a good analogy for my work as with my synthetic versions of nature i want to create the experience one hopes to have. for instance if you’ve ever gotten one of the ‘break your own’ geodes, it’s a boring rock on the outside and you’re told it’s full of sparkly crystals on the inside. you fantasize about what’s inside, then you open it, and it’s never exciting as you imagined it to be. my work is what you imagined.”

“here’s a bit of my artist statement, which explains more:
i am drawn to extraordinary, almost extraterrestrial landscapes, such as caves and coral reefs, as well as the diorama of miniature collectable counterparts that serve in household aquariums, gardens, souvenir cases, etc…with my installations, i attempt to produce an environment that reifies metaphysical association and fantasy that such spectacular and bizarre landscapes can induce. my aim is not a realistic replication of nature, but to place emphasis on gaudy or absurd embellishment so to render an enhanced synthetic ideal.”

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what materials do you use to create the installations?
“cost effective and found. mostly paper mache, holiday lights, and i construct the crystals from cds i’ve cut and glued together. and of course, glitter, amongst other misc. craft material. i love hobby lobby, i really should be their spokesperson.”

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you also do intricate graphite drawings…what is your favorite medium to work with?
“hmm….that’s hard. i’ve worked with all kinds. drawing, painting, ceramics, digital imaging, animation, etc…i think no matter what medium i work in, i always have conceptually sculptural approach, even if it’s a flat 2dimensional image. though, i do love glitter, i love how it gets all over everything! it’s like residue or evidence! i also like working with flocking, which is a short thin fiber that when applied gives a velvet surface. that’s very fun.”

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what artists have inspired you?
“so many different artists have influenced me over the years, but i mostly look to everyday culture for inspiration. for years i have been fascinated by holiday decorations, kitsch, and all kinds of gaudy fake flower arrangements and home décor, especially those covered in glitter. my attraction to the aesthetic continually increases, i wouldn’t be surprised if my skin started to take on a gold plated tinge one of these days!”

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if you weren’t an artist, what would you do?
“dance, cook, sing…maybe be a geologist. who knows, art is all i’ve ever done. my family are all artists, so i’ve been surrounded by art since i was a little girl.”

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check out more of kia neill’s work on her website!

Rachel -Jan 15, 2010, 11:42AM
Kia Neill has a solo show at Women & Their Work Gallery in Austin. Opening Jan 16, 6-8pm. The show "Terrain" is open until Feb. 27th. Come by and see it if you can.
Rocio -Jan 06, 2010, 8:36PM
WOW!!! thats amazing. Is too bad that is so far.

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the new year is a time to make resolutions, and to think about your goals for the year ahead.  one thing we’re thinking about here at free people are what causes we feel most strongly about and would like make an effort to support.  there are so many important causes out there, ranging from the environment and poverty to animal and human rights.  one of the girls here at the office told me about falling whistles, an organization dedicated to helping children affected by war in the democratic republic of congo and raising awareness to bring peace to the war-torn country.  i was incredibly moved by the story… check out the video:

Falling Whistles – Be a Whistleblower for Peace in Congo from Falling Whistles on Vimeo.

you can read more about falling whistles here.

at the very least, we would like to help bring attention to important causes, and we hope to work harder to find ways to do more… and we would like to know what causes you, our readers, are most passionate about to make sure that we are aware. please tell us about it in the comments section!

aswelove -Jan 07, 2010, 3:11PM
If you think this is good, I highly recommend you check out InvisibleChildren.com. Stellar organization, incredibly sustainable work.
emily -Jan 06, 2010, 11:45PM
i bought a whistle. very powerful movement

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hey everyone! you ready for the last thursday poll of the year?? last week i asked about your favorite winter whites, and the results were very close but the rows of ruffles dress just beat out the we the free little white tee with 34% of the vote.

i’ve been talking a lot about hair accessories this week, and how great they are to dress up a new year’s eve outfit. well we have some really great ones right now so i thought i’d ask which one you all like best…

the feather and gem headband:

the flower cluster sequin applique headband:

the gypsy sparkle bow headband:
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the rhinestone headband:
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or the sequin wave headband:
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Isabella -Jan 04, 2010, 7:13AM
I like first and second headband, if u r wearing headband, it is necessary to pay attention to your dresses also.
wholesale clothing -Jan 02, 2010, 8:45PM
feather and gem is the best!

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it is eerily quiet. lots of people are out this week, but some of us are still here, hard at work!

here are some of our designers, working with mannequins and fabric swatches…

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rinsing off a print plate…

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discussing some designs…

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buyers checking out samples…

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love her shirt!

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sweet glasses ladies!

Nasir -Dec 31, 2009, 12:03PM
very nice... By http://www.shopinsummer.com

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i can’t believe tomorrow is new year’s eve!  this year went by outrageously fast…i haven’t even had a second to really think about new year’s, let alone what i’m wearing, but luckily i’ve found some really great DIY ideas that i’m dying to try…

accessories are a great way to dress up a simple outfit on new year’s, so here are a couple of things you can do that will stand out, and probably start some conversations as well!

bleachblack had this brilliant idea involving fool’s gold (remember fool’s gold?) that would be a sweet new years eve accessory…all you need is an old cuff or ring, some pieces of pyrite (fool’s gold) and embellishing glue.  check out the tutorial here.

and i got to thinking, if gold isn’t your thing, this would work with any kind of crystal or gemstones that you can by at a hobby or crafts store…

hair accessories are big right now too…we have quite a few awesome ones on our website right now…but i also love these “wild” hair pieces i saw on design sponge that you can make yourself:

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these are made with items you can find in your garden or a store, or leftover holiday decorations- the top one is a peacock feather, poinsettia leaves and a sprig of evergreen wrapped in floral tape- i love it!  check out their full tutorial here.

finally, if you’re looking for a great holiday makeup look, don’t forget about our how-to video… watch it here!

Annie -Jan 04, 2010, 7:29PM
My friend and i made pieces similar to this for Halloween and they were a hit!
SHERRILL -Jan 02, 2010, 5:43PM
I've been looking all over for this! Thanks.

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