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another batch of beautiful photos submitted by our fans on facebook! we love them :)

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Megan -Feb 02, 2010, 12:44AM
Oh my goodness! That girl in the pink is my friend's older sister. Such lovely pictures Margaux!
becky -Feb 01, 2010, 11:28PM
what kind of dog is that?

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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another fp girl told me about these really cool photos taken by mikael kennedy…not only do i love that they’re polaroids, i also love the story behind them.  read on for the explanation in the artist’s words.

“i had started carrying an old polaroid SX70 camera with me everywhere i went back in 1999. we had no jobs, we had no plan, we had piled 6 of us and a dog into a van and had driven straight across from massachusetts to washington for no reason other than to find a new place to live.

i told david that this was to be the plan: no plan. i said we’d ‘shoot the moon.’ like in the game of hearts, you collect all the bad cards you win, you get almost all of them but not all you lose. so i started collecting my cards in the frame of a polaroid.

and so that is what this is, it’s 10 years of no plan, of wandering around with a polaroid camera… i have always said the only reason to live is for what i would call a ‘life lived'; a life full of experiences either good or bad. so we’d win by taking the wrong way, we would wander, gather these experiences one by one and build something out of them.”

check out the full set of photos here.

mindy -May 12, 2010, 2:46PM
tis a beautiful post…
Kadee -Jan 31, 2010, 3:40AM
Hi there, I had to leave a comment on your pictures they are amazing and i really like how they reflect a dream like escape. amazing.!

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enjoy your weekend, wherever it may take you…

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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:

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for more info on philagrafika click here.

Melissa -Feb 03, 2010, 7:07PM
Thanks for your help FP Blog! We filled up a ton of boxes with clothes last Saturday! Looking forward to having more events like this in the future! We really appreciate your post! <3 Melissa, FP 5th Ave
Val -Feb 03, 2010, 6:46PM
Excellent work on reporting the print scene! Real bomb dot com stuff. Is someone at Free People a printer them self and might they have work?

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for this week’s office style, we’re checking out the day to day looks of one of our most fashionable ladies :)

-Jan 30, 2010, 2:01PM
a beautiful woman with amazing style!!

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some photos of our team setting up the new store at space 15 twenty!

and the storefront:

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looks like a beautiful day in los angeles! check out space 15 twenty’s blog here.

orange county boutiques -Jul 08, 2010, 2:05PM
yeahh I agree with niccole, come to orange county so everyone can enjoy the great products you have :)
fp julia -Feb 08, 2010, 2:53PM
hi amanda! they were made by our visual display team :)

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“certain things, they should stay the way they are. you ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” – j.d. salinger

j.d. salinger, author of my favorite book of all time, passed away yesterday at age 91.

-Jan 29, 2010, 5:02PM
This was such a great book, i'm really glad they made us read this in school. My favorite quote is: If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody.
Susanna-Cole -Jan 28, 2010, 7:34PM
I've heard mentions of this book, for almost as long as I can remember, however, just the other day, I finally added it to my list of "books-to-read", (unfortunately, it was never assigned to me to read, in school or I may have found it long ago), and now to hear he's passed is really quite sad, but hearing everyone talk about the book, and him, once again, really motivates me to go read it already! :) xoxo, S-C

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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!

-Jan 29, 2010, 1:39AM
Can't wait to see it! Love that location and the girls that work there are amazing!
fpcarrie -Jan 28, 2010, 2:00PM
sweet art!

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after today’s DIY post, an fp girl here at the home office showed me a project she did, also involving butterflies. at first glance, it’s a normal book…

…but then you open it:

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isn’t that amazing? she cut out the inside and created this beautiful little scene.  i love it!

-Jan 29, 2010, 3:06PM
LOVE..

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one of the girls here at the office told me about this awesome DIY project that she’s going to try, and i think i might have to try it as well! it is so simple and there are so many fun things you can do with it…

what you need:

1. some pretty paper – this would be a great way to reuse your old free people catalogs!

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2. punches in whatever shape or size you want – i love the idea of using varying sizes.

3. some zots (clear adhesive dots) and 3d-dots (sticky foam cubes) to add some dimension by placing the butterflies at varying heights, like this:

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4. a picture frame with 3d mat board

once you have your paper picked out, start punching! lay out the shapes on a piece of paper as you punch, in whatever pattern you feel like.  then you’re just going to attach them using the zots and 3d dots, placing the shapes at varying heights.

lollychops has a really great step-by-step tutorial if you need more direction:

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read the full tutorial here.

she also suggests adding an inspirational quote or word – what a great idea!

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LOllyChops -Jan 28, 2010, 11:02PM
Thanks for featuring my tutorial!
julielani Chang -Jan 28, 2010, 1:32PM
I too reuse FP and Anthropologie catalogue for art projects. Also I am tickled pink with the butterflies. I am in the process of redecorating my daughters room and I have also used butterflies as part of the theme. In addition to the butterflies, birds and birdcages will also be used. I can't wait to share the end products with FP facebook someday when I finish. I could only do a little bit at a time. You cannot hurry art, it just has to evolve. Wow I think this is why everything I do takes so long to finish !

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wild goose chase

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lately i’ve really been loving the work of scotland-based artist fiona watson, using feathers, flowers, and other found items…

these are from her series called “an unwritten book”

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“i used to be a scientist but have always been an artist.” – fiona watson

the feathers and wishbones are so awesome. check out more of her beautiful work on her flickr page or website.

karen -Jan 27, 2010, 1:00PM
those are beautiful!

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