Joy Feasley

I love this painting by Joy Feasley. Doesn’t she look like she’s dressed in FP? Those are definitely our woolly mittens. The painting is called Midnight Sun. You can see Joy’s work in Philadelphia beginning this Friday. Here’s a bit from the press release:
“Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Joy Feasley. The exhibition will be on view June 6 through July 12, 2008. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, June 6, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
For this exhibition, Feasley has continued to create the work for which she is known – paintings that integrate landscape, abstraction, pattern and decoration, folk art and figurative imagery. Feasley uses a bold and flat color palate to help define her intimately-scaled paintings. Her paintings suggests the landscape experienced outide cities – remote forests and mountaintops. The works also retain a sense of place, at times referencing the Hudson River School, and on occasion reflecting actual locations such her home in Philadelphia, or scenic California, where she often takes residency to paint.”
Check out more info at the Locks Gallery.
Found on artblog.

Meagn -Jun 04, 2008, 3:03PM
I love this painting!

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map dresses

Chelsea girl,© Elisabeth Lecourt, www.elisabethlecourt.com Photo: © onepom/London

Reglisses roulees,© Elisabeth Lecourt [year], www.elisabethlecourt.com Photo: © onepom/London [year]
I discovered these works of art over on labour of heart. These paper map dresses are crafted by French artist Elisabeth Lecourt. She has made over 60 garments from cut up maps (each garment represents only one region) folding and ironing them to beauty. Check out her site for more info.

helen musselwhite

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I wanted to share this profile of artist Helen Musselwhite found on if it’s hip, it’s here. The UK artist makes these amazing paper sculptures of all kinds of creatures and fantastical environments. Here are a few of my favorites. See more at Helen’s web site.

janice -May 16, 2008, 11:10AM
Would you be able to archive all of the free people catalogs to view? They are all so beautiful and inspiring! I'd love to see some of the very first free people catalogs :)
pruittfpgirl -May 16, 2008, 10:38AM
i love all the circular-ness

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an antique book

Floating around the office of late has been an extraordinary old book filled with
even older postcards and snippets, some dating as far back as the 1870′s.
The lucky owner of this beautiful book is our Senior Knits Designer, Gianna.
The book had been passed from friend to friend for many years, with each of its
possessors adding to its pages while keeping with the general theme, until it
reached Gianna’s uncle. After a time, he gifted the book, now full, to her, seeing
her inclination to art, drawing and the like. At this point, Gianna has had the book
for ten years, and has no plans to give it up! (Who can blame her?) I wanted to
share this wonderful book with you, since we have all enjoyed it so much,
and even gotten some scrapbooking inspiration from its pages!

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Ayelet -May 21, 2008, 2:30PM
amazing... thanks for the inspiration Ayelet

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glitter creations

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Mackenzie from our photo team makes these adorable creatures
by applying glitter to everyday objects one might find at the dollar store.
Here’s what she has to say about them:
“I’m obsessed with glitter. It makes me happy! It always has.
I love peeps too…their facial expressions crack me up, they’re all so different.”

Amanda -May 11, 2008, 7:58PM
Glitter is pretty much my favorite thing ever... actually peeps are... so glittery peeps... basically incredible!!
kimberlyMichelle -May 10, 2008, 10:57AM
how adorable!!

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Some of the newest fitting room art from out Carlsbad, CA store! Which one is your favorite? I love the last one…

tori -Jul 25, 2011, 10:33PM
i want to do this to my room as well- does anyone know how?!
livey -Jan 11, 2010, 1:50AM
How did you do it! it is so incredible! I i'm re doing my room and no joke i want to do it like the dressing rooms! please try to email back!

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Heather at the home office recommends checking out this Philly photographer this week before his show ends! Manuel Dominguez Jr.‘s photography is currently on display at Benna’s Cafe in South Philly. Heather also recommends trying the most delicious coffee and tea beverages she has ever tasted, especially the Open Fire made with soy milk.
Heather bought a print of the photo above! Her favorite part is that they are watching Rock of Love on the TV!
A comment on uwishunu (a Philly happenings blog) claims Manuel is the modern Norman Rockwell, so get there this week to check it out (show ends May 8).

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What Kinds of Jobs are Available - Estheticians generally make anywhere between $25,000 - $60, 000 per year depending on the type of job they have, the location andd the commissions and tips received. There are a assortment oof lasers that dermatologists are able to utilize hinge on the type of marking a professional has. Cosmetic laser treatmebt can be used for dirferent procedures- from skin care treatment to teeth whitening procedures.

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marbled paper

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Courtney and Lizzy made some beautiful marbled papers for our “trend walls.” As the designers are developing a trend, they designate a wall in the hallway where they post all kinds of inspirational images, artwork, magazine tears, trims, etc. You’ll have to wait a few months to see what comes of the trend with the marbled colors… The painting sure looks like fun though!
Here are some of the supplies and tips:
Paper was from Pearl Paint
Big white tub was from Ikea
The marbling kit was from Pearl too.
Innovative Marbling Suminagashi Dye Ink Set:
6 colors, in 12 ml. tubes and it comes with instructions!!
The girls put a little baby oil (does not come in the set) in the water too, just to make it more interesting. Wherever the oil is, the paper will remain white.
Check out the comments from an expert marbler for some more tips…

Aline -Aug 28, 2008, 8:10AM
It's beautiful your work.!!!!!!!! How to? I'd like to now how to do it... by using cheap and recycled material x Aline
Wendy -Apr 26, 2008, 11:51AM
you should use marble paper idea for artwork in the next catalog!!

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recycled fp catalog

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On the back of our last catalog, we challenged you to recycle the paper in a creative way.
We received the most amazing note via email. One customer took our challenge and used the pages of our catalog to create this awesome jewelry. We are so impressed and surprised at how she re-purposed the book. Great job Ashley!!! You can buy these pieces and more at Ashley’s etsy store or befriend her on myspace!
Did anyone else see that challenge on the catalog? Anybody else do something creative?? Leave your email in a comment!

Sarah Svendsen -May 05, 2008, 10:03PM
This challenge inspired me to make a necklace organizer. I was so tired of untangling the mess. I made one from a fp catalog and a few more from some 30s reproduction fabric. They really work great!
Melissa -Mar 12, 2008, 10:56PM
Inspired by the message on your catalog, I decorated the very boring box holding my makeup with the Free People catalog, and some dried flowers :) Recycling is fun! check it out ---> http://www.flickr.com/photos/24631741@N03/2329593351/

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diy sequined canvas

We first posted photos of the sequined canvases when our NYC store opened. Now they are part of all of the FP stores’ spring display. A reader commented asking how to make these, and one of our talented display girls had some great advice I wanted to share with everyone.
For our proto, our designer actually hand sewed each sequin on by hand, and then left a space for the screen printed flower applique. She does not recommend doing that yourself! Luren suggests going to a fabric store and buying a small amount of sequined fabric, maybe the stretchy variety. This could be a little expensive, so another great alternative would be to find some sequined wonder of a dress at a thrift store for a couple of dollars. That way you would be recycling material and not spending much $$. The fabric can them be fixed onto a frame of canvas stretchers and decorated as you like.
Hope that helps! If you end up making the project, you should send me the photos and I’ll post them on the blog! Just leave your email address in a comment and I will get in touch. Happy crafting!

Kayla -Jun 15, 2009, 3:36AM
Hello. Would you be willing to sell one to me? I'm in love with these art pieces and I'd be so thrilled if I could purchase one? Please let me know. Thanks soooo much! Hello. Would you be willing to sell one to me? I'm in love with these art pieces and I'd be so thrilled if I could purchase one? Please let me know. Thanks soooo much! <3
Corrie Hill -Jun 30, 2008, 4:15PM
I tried to do my own version of these fabulous canvas. Check them out at www.creativecorrie.blogspot.com

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Learning to Love You More is a project by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. I had heard of the project before, but never really knew what it was about until this weekend. Miranda and Harrell have created this list of assignments intended to guide people toward their own experiences. In the book version of the collections, they talked about how, as artists, your life is all about creating. These artists realized that it was precisely in the moments of letting those thoughts of creation go, that they truly had these meaningful experiences.
The other thing I like about this project, is that so many of the assignments relate to childhood. We wouldn’t need these kinds of assignments as children, because we thought of this kind of stuff all the time and were just free to do it. As adults I think we forget that we have that freedom. So here are a few of my favorite assignments. Check out the website and the book, and do some of the assignments on your own.
10. Make a flier of your day.
15. Hang a windchime on a tree in a parking lot.
27. Take a picture of the sun.
33. Braid someone’s hair.
39. Take a picture of your parents kissing.

joanna goddard -Jan 28, 2008, 11:02PM
this is SO sweet. i would love to braid a friend's hair. my mom used to braid mine, and it was such a lovely experience:)
liz -Jan 28, 2008, 1:14PM
i love learning to love you more... almost as much as i love Miranda July's No One Belongs Here More than You

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cardboard carpets

wendyplomp.jpg Discovered these beautiful printed cardboard "carpets" over on Bloesem. Designer Wendy Plomp titled them “message in a box”. Here is a description from Louise Schouwenberg of Domus magazine.
Cardboard is probably the cheapest industrial packaging material available on the market. Any image that is printed onto this typically throwaway material can turn into a streetwise design object; something that can have a glorious second life if left to the street where it can be spontaneously employed in new applications.
For instance, it could be reborn as a disposable carpet that could instantly provide you with a clean space wherever you are, almost like a home.
To prolong the lifespan and usefulness of boxes, informative messages or ornate arabesque patterns reminiscent of precious carpets could be printed on the inside surfaces. An example could be the food parcels dropped in disaster areas; this unexploited space could be used to provide valuable information which, especially in those conditions, might be enormously helpful.

stairtread -Jan 07, 2014, 11:19PM
First time i heard about cardboard carpets. Good thought, I enjoy your post. Well done
Donnieboy -Oct 12, 2009, 5:18AM
Just wanted to drop you a line to say, I enjoy reading your site. I thought about starting a blog myself but don't have the time. Oh well maybe one day....

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