good morning! as promised, here is the counterpart to last week’s “anti love songs” playlist, full of songs about love! hope you enjoy :)
guess what everyone?! we want to give away another one of these adorable little coin purses! i love the colors in this one…it’s so cute. want it? just click HERE and fill out the quick survey about our blog*. make sure you fill out the whole thing and enter your email address so that we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner! we will randomly select a survey participant in one week as the winner.
thanks and we look forward to hearing your opinions!!
*please note- due to legal reasons, this contest is only open to US residents.
how cute is this for a valentine’s day breakfast?!
heat up a pan with a little bit of oil. set your cooker to a low heat or you will burn the eggs. place your heart shaped cookie cutter in to the center of the pan, with the smooth side down or you might end up scratching the pan.
crack an egg and pour it in to the center of the cookie cutter. a bit of egg will probably slip under the cutter so hold it down to ensure that most of it doesn’t.
use a spatula to remove any excess egg from the outside of the cookie cutter. remove the cookie cutter and let the egg cook for a few more seconds before removing it with the spatula.
you can use this same method for heart-shaped pancakes too!
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.
for more info, click here.
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?
the floral lurex bandeau:
or the printed lace racerback bralette:
last week i was over in the area where our visual display team works on the amazing creations that you see in our stores, and i spotted boxes and boxes of these colorful little creatures…
so what are they? our new store displays for spring! here’s a look at the installation in our king of prussia, pa store:
i love it! our visual display team always does such an amazing job :)
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:
for more info on philagrafika click here.