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erickson beamon jewelry is founded and designed by karen erickson, eric erickson and vicki beamon. as the story is told, their jewelry business was born out of necessity. while working with a designer for their premiere apparel runway show they found no one would lend them jewelry to accessorize with, so they strung crystals and beads on suede and launched their first jewelry line. immediately the jewelry took off and was noticed for its fashion forward, edgy quality. their trademark are handcrafted beaded necklaces, which are meticulously assembled by hand using tiny crystals and semi-precious stones. the unique, handmade yet fashionable quality of the pieces has drawn the attention of some of the most well-known designers in the fashion world, who have had erickson beamon design custom pieces for their shows. they have one retail store located in london that is described as “a place where people can have their fantasy come to life in jewels.”
we are thrilled to have their designs here at free people! view our full selection of erickson beamon here.

this video is so cute…one of our home office team members was visiting india and and some of our co-workers from the visual team helped to make her arrival a memorable one…

song is “jai ho” from the slumdog millionaire soundtrack.

Natalie -Nov 25, 2009, 1:11AM
SO CUTE! and i love that song from slumdog!! :))) xoxo
Fiona -Nov 24, 2009, 10:39PM
Hi there! Just thought I'd share this link of super amazing furniture I just found with the blog because it reminded me of FP right away. :) Hope you like it!

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did everyone finish reading part one of on the road? what did you think? i love part one of the book because it really captures the feelings of freedom and independence as sal (kerouac) crosses the country for the first time. i was lucky enough to be able to take a road trip in the spring of 2008, starting in philadelphia and ending up in san francisco, and it was one of the best things i’ve ever done. after my trip i re-read on the road and found that i had a whole new appreciation for the book. certain passages now had a much more personal meaning for me, such as the part in chapter three where he describes waking up in a hotel room in des moines…
“i woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when i didn’t know who i was – i was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room i’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and i looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who i was for about fifteen strange seconds. i wasn’t scared; i was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, and the life of a ghost. i was halfway across america, at the dividing line between the east of my youth and the west of my future, and maybe that’s why it happened right there and then, that strange red afternoon.”
share your thoughts on part one! was there a memorable quote for you?

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monday quote

…anyone know what this quote is from?

Atskyrimo Teisma -May 28, 2011, 6:29PM
Hi, just wanted to thank you for the blog.
Carmella -Nov 23, 2009, 5:17PM
get into the groove... boy you've got to prove, your love to meeee! ooohh man, LOVE Madonna!!

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small world

you might recall not too long ago we posted about photographer amelia merrick and her awesome trainhopping photos (click here to see the post).
well she saw the post, and in a crazy coincidence, she actually works at urban! she’s a very talented photographer…check out these photos taken here at the navy yard.

some of her work will be on display at the himalaya teahouse in astoria, new york through december. it just so happens she’ll be there today, so if you’re in the area, stop by and say hi to her and check out her work :)

r4i kort -Nov 23, 2009, 12:31AM
Your work is awesome. I liked it, its interesting and appreciable. You have got a good talent in yourself. Keep it up. Great job. Even i have interest in this type but lack of time with my schedule doesn't really allows me to do it, But you should never stop your self to do where you are interested.

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i first heard about the artist nick cave when i saw a post about him on our brooklyn we the free store’s blog. then a reader on our blog suggested checking him out and i couldn’t put off posting about him anymore. cave is a chicago based artist who is also a trained dancer and former clothing designer…all of which is evident in the creations he makes, called “soundsuits”, because of the noise they make when moved around in. he uses a variety of found materials to create the soundsuits, which can stand on their own as artwork or be worn by dancers as performance art. here are some of them…they’re pretty wild…

i wasn’t able to find a website for nick cave, but you can find more info about him on the website for the jack shainman gallery in new York, where he has recently shown his work.

amanda -Nov 20, 2009, 6:01PM
he gave a lecture at my school 2 years ago, it was very interesting!
Jennifer -Nov 20, 2009, 11:25AM
thank you! hehe

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finding a great vintage item (especially t-shirts for me) is like stumbling upon your own personal treasure. it’s unique and personal and immediately special.
these photographs were brought in by our marketing manager, who recently discovered them at her grandmother’s house. she’s trying to come up with a cool way to display them at home…they’re of her grandparents in their younger years, and not only are they awesome because they’re vintage, but they’re simply great photos too. check ‘em out… as you can see the sizes are different than your typical 3×5 or 5×7. if you have any great ideas, i’m sure she’d love suggestions :)

Caity -Nov 26, 2009, 11:33AM
These are so cool, I love vintage!!!!!
-Nov 20, 2009, 3:44PM
the exhibit looks very cool! thanks!!!

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monday quote

“all i can do is be me, whoever that is.”
– bob dylan

Jessica -Nov 18, 2009, 10:54PM
Ahhh Bob Dillan, a staple in my time even in 2009 at age sixteen. An icon of the time when chaos was a gift of music and flamboyance, a time i wished i lived but simply settle to love. Think me naive in todays day and age but life rolls on and i roll with. Bob Dylan will live on with the decades yet refuse to change for he already left his mark. I will make my mark in the future though it may be small. Change the world one song and soul at a time. This qoute brightened my night ;)
alexxandra -Nov 16, 2009, 12:51PM
today i am to present a proposal for a rhetorical presentation i am to present to my popular culture class as my final. i narrowed down my topics to two: the beatles and their drastic change of sound throughout the 60s or bob dylan and his protesting lyrics during the vietnam war. i take this quote as a sign! thank you kindly!

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jennilee marigomen is a photographer who lives and works in vancouver, and nature plays a large role in her work as well. she explains her approach to photography in her interview with booooooom: “i shoot spontaneously within a small time frame, so i would say that that my photographs are not calculated in a pre-determined sense. many of my photos are made through serendipity – i’ll find something interesting by chance, or i will end up with accidental and beautiful light leaks – happy accidents. however, i am drawn to interesting shapes, especially those that occur within nature, so i agree with being drawn to geometry. i like simplicity and isolation and frame the subject matter carefully so that there are the least amount of distractions as possible.”

i liked so many of her photographs i had a hard time choosing which ones to include…
read her full interview here and check out more of her work here.

Technosunshine -Nov 15, 2009, 4:36PM
Wow these photographs are beautiful... The colors are absolutely stunning... I especially love the one with the sequins

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yesterday i wrote about the booooooom art show taking place in vancouver…and i thought i’d share some more work by a couple of the participating artists that i really like, starting with erika somogyi…
you wouldn’t know it by looking at her work, but erika somogyi is a brooklyn-based artist. in an interview featured on boooooom she explains the inspiration behind the nature themes in her work: “sometimes i wish i were living in a log cabin in the mountains. i have spent time backpacking and sleeping outside. i love visiting the national parks. the natural imagery i use in my work comes from my travels, photos i have taken, photos i have borrowed, field studies and memories. one aspect of the work i have been making is the longing for a connection with nature. the lack of expansive wilderness here is a big part of that. in a way i feel transported by the paintings.”

“divining light”

“walking watching waiting”
“questions and answers”
i also like the quote she ends with:
“how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – annie dillard
you can read the full interview here and check out more of her work here.

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Teresa -Nov 14, 2009, 8:21PM
Oh, I love the artwork! So calming and the colors are beautiful!

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any vancouver readers out there? i wish i could go to this art show taking place tonight…it’s the first art show curated by the blog booooooom in collaboration with lifetime collective, and from the looks of it, they’ve done a great job getting some local and non-local artists whose work is pretty incredible.

i’m especially in awe of the paintings by erika somogyi and the photographs by jennilee marigomen.

“the mirror, the hourglass, and the prism” – erika somogyi
“fade in” – jennilee marigomen

good morning everyone…i am so excited to announce about the launch of the book club! we have chosen on the road by jack kerouac as the first book featured in the free people book club! this is one of my favorite books of all time, and I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about it.
since we’re new at this, we’re just going to learn as we go…if you look to the list of categories on the right you’ll see we’ve created one for the book club. you will still be able to see the posts on the main page, but if you ever want to see only book club posts, click there.
here’s how it’s going to work:
on the road is broken into three parts, so we’re going to give you all some time to read the first part and then we’ll start discussing! check back for a post – maybe in the form of a question, a highlight, not quite sure yet – on monday november 23 about part one of the book, and leave any comments you have in the comments section as you normally would. but make sure you don’t spoil the ending for anyone who might not be finished the book yet…
happy reading!

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ellebo -Nov 18, 2009, 2:04AM
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