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such a great batch of photos from our facebook fans today…sporting fp in some beautiful locations!

tulum, mexico

el salvador

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about to explore a cave in mexico

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not positive where the last two were taken, let me know if they’re your photos!

fp julia -Jan 12, 2010, 9:39AM
hey miko! awesome, great photo :)
Casual Jackets -Jan 12, 2010, 4:48AM
I love the outfits here!

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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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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.

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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!”

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victoria made this fp inspired skirt out of two vintage dresses – so pretty!

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laconia made her own version of our gemmed converse and they look awesome!

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julielani sent this free people-themed care package to her daughter in college – what a sweet mom! here is another one of her fp-inspired projects:
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lastly, sara posted these pics of her fp-inspired jewels…they are so cute, i love them!

thanks so much for sharing your projects with us! if you have a free people inspired project that you’re working on, let us know! post it on our facebook page or email me at blog@freepeople.com.

paula -Jan 08, 2010, 1:01PM
Love the jewelry by Sara. Where can I buy it?!
Laconia -Jan 06, 2010, 2:24PM
Aw, those are my shoes. Sweeeet! FP inspires me all the time!!

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cute! keep them coming!

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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!

mackenzie -Jan 13, 2010, 11:04PM
i love dallas' work. and i love free people. how convenient! i love when my favorites meet at the intersection. ;) well done, you two!
dallas -Dec 22, 2009, 10:35AM
oh, thanks for the feature everyone! http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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the latest batch of photos from our fans on facebook!

Jamie Lee -Jan 13, 2010, 9:49AM
Yay! My photo made it. Love you, Free People! :)
fp julia -Dec 15, 2009, 12:31PM
hi morgan! you can upload them to our facebook page (post them to our wall) or email them to blog@freepeople.com...we'd love to see them!

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the free people portland store is participating in a toy drive and posted this cute pic on their facebook page :)

christy -Dec 14, 2009, 9:17PM
Just took some toys in for the toys for tots in southern oregon...guess there is a pretty big shortage this year...thats great you guys are helping out!!

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tending to their back yard :)

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notice anything different?

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!

so, what do you guys think? like the new layout?

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Mandy Crandell -Nov 02, 2010, 11:22AM
Thanks for using my photo!!!
-Dec 07, 2009, 10:38PM
this looks even better on my home computer!! great work! do wish the type was a little darker, though. easier on the eyes. but love!!

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more awesome photos from our facebook fans :)

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we love them! keep sharing!

Becky -Nov 23, 2009, 4:56PM
Hurray! How fun!

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here’s another batch of lovely photos sent in by our facebook fans!

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thanks for sharing :)

Meg Watson -Nov 09, 2009, 6:38PM
Great pics; Very creative & elegant-- just like Free People!
Beth -Nov 09, 2009, 12:32PM
gorgeous pictures everyone! :)

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the fourth and final post from our guest blogger, dana of summer teeth

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thank you, thank you, thank you…these images are stunning.

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