a little while back, one of our team members showed me this post about artist jessica robles, who does really cute illustrations of shoes…we approached jessica and asked if she had any interest in drawing some free people shoes, and she was happy to! check ‘em out, along with her description of why she picked each one…
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.
when the visual mit from one of our stores sent in her photos from wisconsin that i posted yesterday, she also sent me a picture of this awesome free people inspired gingerbread house that she made. this got me thinking about other fp-inspired projects, and i thought i’d share some really cool ones that i’ve seen on our facebook page.
kaitlin got the idea to make this shabby chic scrap fabric ornament from a this post on the bldg 15 blog a year or so ago.
kaitlin was also inspired by our headband, shown here, and cut long strips of denim from an old pair of jeans and braided them into a headband…she says, “i love to find innovative ways to recycle old things to make them into something new!”
victoria made this fp inspired skirt out of two vintage dresses – so pretty!
dallas shaw is a delaware-based artist who’s work ranges from acrylic and watercolor paintings to notecards and tee-shirts. she also happens to be a big fan of free people! dallas was kind enough to answer a couple of questions for me and picked out some illustrations that she feels are representative of free people.
when and why did you decide you wanted to be a professional artist?
oddly enough i knew i wanted to be in art in some way when i was very young. i wrote a letter to the head animator of walt disney world when i was in 6th grade and asked him for a job! i think i was a little too young, but i worked at it since grade school, kept drawing, majored in illustration… as i grew older i really began to love the fashion industry and wanted to work in fashion but the right opportunity hasn’t come up just yet so here i am!
i read that you’re inspired by fashion and music…what designers and musicians are your personal favorites?
i do listen to music when i paint but i am really heavily influenced by the fashion industry. my personal favorites change by season but i am currently crushing on collections by phillip lim, lanvin & peter som.
what do you like to do when you’re not drawing and painting?
i don’t have a lot of free time on my hands this year. if i do end up with a few extra hours during the week i try to make time to spend with my really supportive husband. if I’m not with him during those couple of hours you’ll find me shopping!
to see more of dallas’s awesome work, check out her website!
today is a very exciting day on the blog, as we have launched our new blog design! not that we didn’t love the old design, but we felt it was time for a fresh new look that will be much easier for you all to navigate around. i’d like to say a big thank you to everyone here at the home office who worked so hard on this project!