shadow puppets

Check out these awesome shadow puppet cards our wovens design assistant Jessica got from Optical Toys, which specializes in pre- and proto-cinematic toys, paper toys, and simply cool old-time toys. I checked out their site and saw a lot of interesting finds! These particular cards were reflected from the original cards made in 1890, and show you how to make different shadow animals!

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nest man

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I spotted this on Creative Review. Artist Benjamin Verdonck built a nest from tree branches, glue, foam, sand and a bucket of spit(?) and perched it on the side of this office tower in Rotterdam. He’s lived in the nest for 7 days. Check out the below video to see his antics and how the public reacted.

You can see more here.

cindy -May 26, 2010, 4:31AM
wow!I love this nest man! so cute!
BirdGirl -May 29, 2008, 10:12AM
Yep, spit. Swallows use spit and regurgitated food to build their nests. Cool pics!

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I just wanted to give everyone in the Philadelphia area a heads-up about the Art Star Craft Bazaar taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Penn’s Landing! It should be a blast, and have tons of awesome stuff! Bands too! Check out more info about it at Art Star’s site!

Illustration by Julie West © 2008 Art Star, LLC
xo

Which page out of the latest catalog (May 2008) would you most like to see made into a poster?
Pick any page out of the catalog, whichever you like best!
Just put the page number of your choice as a comment on this post to cast your vote!
(If you don’t have a copy of the May catalog handy, you can view a smaller version online here.)
Thank you for your help!

MICHELLE -Jun 17, 2008, 8:05AM
Page 16 makes me happy :).
Susi Costello -Jun 07, 2008, 12:13AM
Page 20. You can see the clothes well and the ocean in the background looks beautiful. Namaste.

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hello kitty

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Have you seen Tom Sachs’s giant Hello Kitty creatures at the Lever House? You might be reminded of the Hello Kitty Nativity Sachs did in the Barney’s windows in 1994? Now we have huge bronze sculptures to worship. On display at the Lever House in NYC until September. Images from Mario Sorrenti at Wallpaper.

Jennifer Hilliker -May 28, 2008, 3:35PM
This post makes me soo happy! I love Hello Kitty and did not realize she was in fountain form in NYC...I must go pay my respects!

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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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bird cage

Kime Buzzelli posted some pics on her Moldy Doily blog from a block party/art opening they just had at her shop, Show Pony. If you don’t know Kime’s artwork, check out her blog and this entry we featured a while back. Anywho, I loved this pic with the giant bird cage drawing!

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She also bought some balloons for the party. They look so pretty and festive, I’m definitely going to remember to get some for my next soirée.

bathrooms -Dec 28, 2009, 3:04AM
Excellent ideas here, have emailed my mum so expect a big reply!!
Bird Cages -Jul 29, 2009, 3:34PM
I like the bird cage behind the woman in first pic. It look like a bird cage that I just bought last week for my parrots.

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Julia Pott

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friend of fp Julia Pott has some pretty
sweet illustrations. She’s also selling great handmade cards in her etsy shop! Get them while you can..

samantha hahn -May 07, 2008, 9:28PM
Soo cute. Love the kitties. Please take a peek at my work if you have the chance. I love FP blog and shops... Samantha Hahn www.samanthahahn.com www.samanthahahn.com/blog
prutunia -May 07, 2008, 7:26PM
i think i am in love with these drawings... cute sadkitty

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crochet coral reef

The Coral Reef project has displayed in Pittsburgh and Chicago and is currently on display in New York. I had seen a small bit of it in the windows at NYU, and checked out the website for the Institute for Figuring and wasn’t all that impressed with what I saw in person or the images on the site. But then, I saw the pictures posted on Love Forever and now I am excited!
The project is an effort to draw attention to the disappearing wonders of the marine world caused by global warming and the disgusting amounts of trash in the ocean. The crochet technique they used is called Hyperbolic Crochet, based on an algorithmic technique discovered by mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina.
Check out the Institute for Figuring; there is a lot to read about the intentions and process for this exhibition.

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