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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.

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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!

heather rae -Feb 12, 2010, 12:21AM
Kris Chau! I have an art crush on you that spans the states! You are literally the best.
kathryn -Feb 05, 2010, 1:31PM
i'm excited to see her amazing art first hand tonight! :)

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another new store opening! our newest store is located on lamar blvd in austin, so if you’re in the area stop by and check it out! i will post photos as soon as i have them!

Maria -Mar 13, 2010, 8:30PM
We need a store in New Albany, OH!!!!!!
molly -Feb 10, 2010, 2:14PM
are you guys going to be hiring?!

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just some shots of people at work and lookin’ stylish this week at the home office :)

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Mal -Feb 05, 2010, 3:37PM
I love seeing shots of you guys working in the office! It gives me so much more appreciation for the creative processes that go into all the gorgeous clothes and accessories! Plus, I love seeing everyone's unique sense of style - it gives me ideas for my own wardrobe. Thank you for all the great work and for this fantastic blog!!
Elsbeth -Feb 04, 2010, 8:24PM
cutest staff ever!

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when we saw how amazing your “fp me” photos were that you posted on facebook, we knew that we had to do something special with them. we are so inspired by seeing how real girls wear free people clothing and love seeing your individual styles. so we are doing it again – this time with a new twist! we will choose some photos to be featured on freepeople.com!

to be considered, please submit photos of yourself showing how you style fp pieces. upload them to the fan page wall on our facebook page between now and 2/12 and label them “fp me”! photos chosen will be featured on freepeople.com later this month.

* also, please note – if you already posted pics for the last fp me, you will be considered for fp me part two, so no need to resubmit them.

can’t wait to see all your photos!

fp julia -Feb 08, 2010, 2:52PM
hi elizabeth! can you go back and label it as "fp me?" or just put "fp me" in the comment section? we are only going to use photos with that label, just to be safe so we don't end up using someone's photo who didn't want to :)
Elizabeth -Feb 05, 2010, 7:11PM
What if we uploaded a picture but didn't include "FP me" in the fb post? is it still okay? :( Thanks!

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ok so these are kinda similar to the butterfly DIY i posted last week (here) but i wanted to share them because i think they’d be such a cute project for valentine’s day! as decoration or a gift for your loved ones…and it doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to do. you could follow the instructions from last week’s post, or if you want to make something that looks more like these, i think you could just glue the hearts right onto the backing paper, leaving some flat and some only glued on one side to get that cool fluttering effect :)

these images are from sarah and bendrix’s etsy shop – check out more here.

sarah -Feb 03, 2010, 8:03PM
love, love, love valentine's day! Sarah www.pittsburgh-odds-and-sods.blogspot.com

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good morning! i have a special treat for you today –  one of our graphic designers sent me these sweet designs that you are free to download as wallpaper for your computer, or whatever else you may want to use them for…just click on the images to go to our flickr page and download the large size!


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Ann Julie -Feb 04, 2010, 10:14AM
Who is the genius behind these amazing wallpapers ???? Would love to meet that person and congratulate on such a fine work.
Mara -Feb 03, 2010, 11:20PM
you guys just fulfilled my addiction to feathers :D

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John -Feb 03, 2010, 5:36PM
Hey. I don't normally leave comments, but I just wanted to say thanks for the great information. I have a blog too, though I don't write as good as you do, but if you want to check it out here it is. Thanks again and have a great day! Gardening
sarah -Feb 02, 2010, 2:33PM
Great photos! I could sense the lush backgrounds! Sarah http://www.pittsburgh-odds-and-sods.blogspot.com/

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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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