in the spirit of earth day, i wanted to post some amazing artwork made out of items we would normally consider trash. i found these first pieces particularly inspiring because the artist, virgina fleck, took something associated with waste (plastic bags) and created something spiritual and beautiful – mandalas. a mandala is a universal, non-religious tool for meditation that is composed of carefully chosen symbols and imagery with a specific meaning said to provide guidance. upon closer examination of these mandalas you might recognize some familiar symbols from stores you might shop at, but at first glance i would never realize what these were made of. i would absolutely hang one on my wall!
now these are plastic bags you would want to use over and over again! they are created by artist josh blackwell, who carefully weaves thread and other materials into plastic bags to create these “plastic baskets” as he calls them. they definitely take on the characteristics of a pretty basket you could take to the farmer’s market and fill with fresh fruits and vegetables! who would’ve thought a plastic bag could be cute?
ok, this might be considered a bit gross, but i found it so impressive i had to share. artist jesus bubu negron created a rug for an art installation out of cigarette butts. he actually paid street cleaners to collect the stubs, which he unrolled and weaved together. maybe not something you’d want in your home, but amazing nonetheless!
We’ve landed in California and are ready to hit one of the best Music festivals around.
The anxiety was unbearable @ the airport… so we thought the best way to beat this before the 5 hour flight was to wash it away with crabby fries and Blue Moon beer. My did it work… followed by a blast of our pre Coachella playlists on our iphones!
We packed light as we figured there will be no time for 5 hour dress ups. Denim shorts, crop tops neon lingerie and yes an array of the free people bandeaus. Oh, and one must not forget the leather jacket and wayfarers. You can’t do a music festival without having that little touch of rock ‘n roll to your attire.
We landed in California and packed up our SUV and drove down to Santa Monica (where we were staying for the night) with Jimi Hendrix vibrating the air around us.
We arrived at our destination tired and nauseous. However, the flood lit pool that welcomed us was enough to perk our spirits up again. Spag ball and red wine followed with chats of our next day plans.
Heads hit pillows at 10.30 with dreams of Coachella…
Now we are up and ready to go eeeeeee the excitement is unbearable.
free people is looking for a concept intern for this summer! the number one requirement for this position is that you must be UBER free people!!!
responsibilities include researching for concept topics and gathering tears, and assisting with creating concept boards.
this person must be very organized in order to keep track of images and scanned files, self-motivated, driven and hard-working. must be proficient in photoshop and with powerpoint programs, and an interest in art, social media and music would be welcome attributes!
students who are interested in this opportunity should submit an 8.5 x 11 pdf of an inspiration board with magazine tears for the free people brand. you need to apply online (right here) but please make sure to submit a resume and inspiration board!
here’s some more info for you all:
deadline for submissions: april 30th
start date: early june and will go to august
you do not need to still be in school but a recent grad
it is a full-time, paid internship
you can upload the inspiration board in a PDF
you are encouraged NOT to use all FP tears.
it can be magazine tears or computer images. whatever you want to use to show your interpretation of the FP girl!!
non-US citizens can apply but you will have to supply your student visa!
the winner of the space 15 twenty spring outfit contest is adalinda! i love how she took a simple outfit and played it up with accessories – she looks comfy and stylish! as winner, she received a gift card and her outfit was featured on the space 15 twenty blog.
tomorrow, hundreds of independently-owned record stores across the country are celebrating record store day! there is nothing like a good record store…one that you walk into and immediately feel your ears perk up to catch whatever the store is playing, because they always have the best tunes on as background music while you dig through piles of records and used albums. the staff knows more about music than you do and makes recommendations for albums you didn’t even know about yet, but sure enough end up on repeat in your stereo. countless times i’ve stopped into my favorite local store, a.k.a. music in old city, with the intentions of buying one album, but leave with my arms full of new treasures and practically run home to listen to them all.
the record store day website has a complete listing of all the venues participating tomorrow, and a lot of them will have special promotions and in-store visits from musicians! so make sure you stop by your local store to say hello and pick up some tunes :)
a.k.a. music, philadelphia
the king of all record stores…amoeba music on haight street in san francisco. man i miss this place.
our topanga, california, store is turning two! to celebrate they are having a tea party tomorrow and if you show up in your favorite free people dress you have a chance to be featured right here on the blog! there will also be a professional model in-store to give styling advice. sounds like fun! if you’re in the area stop by and say hello!
to get you all in the mood here are some beautiful images taken by hedi slimane at last year’s coachella festival. i’m used to seeing festival images in color, and i think seeing them in black and white really adds to the emotion and starkness of the images.
our free people store at space 15 twenty in los angeles is holding a spring outfit contest this sunday! stop by the store between 1pm and 3pm and put together your perfect spring look at the store. they will photograph you in your outfit and select a winner who will receive a free people gift card and be featured on the space 15 twenty website! the winner will be announced on space15twenty.com on tuesday april 13. make sure you rsvp for the event here!
so what’s your favorite look for spring? i’d love to know!
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