i am in awe of these sculptures…the timing is also pretty appropriate, seeing as we’re expecting a bit of snow here in the northeast this weekend…
they’re from the sapporo snow festival, an annual event in japan that attracts about two million people who come to see incredible snow statues and sculptures like these. this year’s snow festival actually starts today and lasts through thursday february 11.
these snowmen were made by festival-goers, who tied messages of good luck around their necks.
kris chau is one of our fp girls, and she’s also a really talented artist. she has a show opening tonight at topstitch boutique in philly (54 n. 3rd) called “puppy face” featuring some of her new works, so i thought i’d ask her a few questions!
where do you draw inspiration for your work?
i draw inspiration from the girls around me, lyrics from hilarious songs, my dog, flowers i see, and artists i admire.
who are some of the artists you admire?
yuko shimizu, zeloot, genevieve castree, tim gough, rob sato, ako castuera.
what is your favorite thing to draw?
well ladies of course. ladies, ruffles, shoes, and puppies.
with a full time job here at fp, when do you find time for your artwork?
sigh, that is a question i get quite a bit and i ask myself the same thing. i give up a lot of social things and maybe grooming to do both. my life at free people gives me many opportunities that i will forever be grateful for, and due to my lack of free time making art has become incredibly important to me. it becomes something very serious in a way, i now create things that i do not compromise, i’ve taken a less illustrative and more arty route these days. my position at free people is also creative, so creatively i feel like every week i run a marathon and i am constantly trying to balance it all.
do you listen to music while you draw? what do you listen to?
i listen to a lot of podcasts (thank you fresh air and ira glass i will send you more money) as well as booty shakin jams to keep my spirits up.
what are some of your other hobbies?
gardening and playing with my sweet sweet puppy.
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
my sweet tim, my sweet puppy, and a lifetime supply of cucumber soda.
if you’re in philly stop by topstitch boutique tonight between 6 and 10pm! a bunch of us fp girls will be there :)
also check out more of chau’s amazing work on her website!
benefit concert tonight at the trocadero theater in philly! “philly rocks for haiti,” will feature the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Black Landlord, Zeppelin cover band Get the Led Out, Blood Feathers and Free Energy. doors open at 7pm and tickets are $12 with all proceeds going to the haitian professionals of philadelphia, who will ship much-needed supplies to haiti.
good morning! let’s get right to today’s poll, shall we? last week i asked about some of our army surplus styles and the winner, just by ten votes, was the platoon jacket!
this week i want to ask about some of our adorable printed bralettes! we’ve got some great new ones in romantic, pretty prints just in time for valentine’s day. and they look super cute peeking out from under tank tops and sheer tees! so which one do you love most?
good morning! i have a special treat for you today - one of our graphic designers sent me these sweet designs that you are free to download as wallpaper for your computer, or whatever else you may want to use them for…just click on the images to go to our flickr page and download the large size!
we have some new artwork up in gallery 543 here at the navy yard! now through march the gallery will feature the work of three local artists: nicole barrick, jason turner and caroline wilson.
caroline wilson works with pen, ink, gouache and found objects, toying with the juxtaposition of various themes and images. She says she began illustrating as a means to sanity, and a way to exorcize the imagery that haunts her at night.
nicole barrick uses a variety of media, including hair weaving and clothing. she says, “i strive to make connections between seemingly unrelated objects and images in order to make sense of this world and at the same time create imaginary places. the best way to describe my process is as a meditation on or channeling of an enigmatic energy that brings forth images and symbols filtered through my own perception and experience.”
jason turner works with themes of nature, vulnerability and cultural myth, using simple line and repetition to construct a world of calm and subtle narrative.
The artists reception will take place at gallery 543 tomorrow, February 1st, from 5-6:30pm.
the first ever philagrafika festival starts this weekend in philly, and it is expected to be one of the largest art events in the US and the world’s largest print-related exhibition. this will be a recurring event that celebrates the role of print in contemporary art. more than 300 artists will be represented at more than 80 venues throughout philly! i really like what artist gunilla klingberg has done with the entrance at moore college:
free people 5th ave in new york is teaming up with the salvation army for a clothing drive on saturday – stop by and help them out in their efforts to provide our neighbors in haiti with food and supplies during this difficult time. stop by the store anytime between 10am – 9pm!
don’t know what to bring? think light jackets, shoes, socks, t-shirts, anything light and packable!
we’re very excited to be opening a new store at space 15 twenty in los angeles!
if you’re not familiar with space 15 twenty, its a unique retail setting where each store is connected by an outdoor courtyard, and includes a performance space for live music, an art gallery, and a monthly pop up shop.
stop by tomorrow for the grand opening party, with food, drinks, and vintage vinyl spun by dj dez!
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