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dan martensen is the photographer who shot our new february catalog, and his home in upstate new york was recently photographed for the selby – words can not express how much i love his home! i want a place like this one day…lots of wood and oriental carpts, and a fireplace that i can fill with candles…







check out more photos of his and model shannan click’s amazing home here.

and stay tuned for a post later today about our new february catalog and the inspiration behind it!

handmadecharlotte -Feb 08, 2010, 4:25PM
hi! i love the melted candles! i love that! i loved burnt incense sticks and tons of wax! very nice image!
kay -Feb 08, 2010, 12:54PM
when i saw this stuff on the selby a few months ago, i felt like he photographed my dreams. its perfect

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Brittany -Feb 10, 2010, 11:21PM
where do you find the pictures with quotes on them?
jamie -Feb 08, 2010, 6:36PM
I'm listening to the velvet underground as i read this!!! love the quote.

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because we love her so much, here is more artwork by the lovely kris chau :)





she rocks.

kendal croix -Feb 07, 2010, 12:09PM
awesome illustrations.
cassaundra -Feb 06, 2010, 4:33PM
these are fantastic!

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stay warm this weekend!

images: google, little plastic horses, michael kenna, cherry blossom girl.

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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.

kooh -Feb 21, 2010, 7:14PM
wow!! sapporo is my hometown!! i havent been there for 5 yrs... miss the festival:(
Shelley -Feb 06, 2010, 4:02PM

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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 :)





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!

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 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

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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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hurry up spring…

click images for source.

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

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