Our next craft swap theme is inspired by this month’s catalog, Dark Fairy. Think about woodland creatures, fairy tales, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and gothic stories (or whatever else you can think up…). Feel free to comment with inspiration ideas!
Sign up will be from now until next Wednesday September 26th. We will have a month to make the crafts and can ship to partners the last weeks of October. Let’s get our gifts swapped so that everyone receives theirs before Halloween!
Sign up here. PLEASE double check your info and make sure your email address is correct. If your partner emails you, please respond so they know you are still swapping. If something happens and your gift will be late, give your partner a heads up. If you decide not to swap after signing up, PLEASE email me so I can match up your partner with a different swapper.
Check out our last two swaps here and here.
Happy swapping!


-Dec 09, 2007, 4:01PM
You can so tell that you aren't in the forest. its just a back ground.
-Dec 09, 2007, 3:59PM
I lust love fairys and the pics that are on this page!!!

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Check out this video one of our readers suggested in a comment. The haunting beauty of the video reminded her of our Dark Fairy theme. It’s beautiful and just a bit creepy… Thanks for sharing Conni!
Have you seen our FP Dark Fairy video yet?

Jennifer Isley -Sep 15, 2007, 11:45AM
I like this very much-It's a really lovely visual.
-Sep 14, 2007, 3:02PM
What a doll!

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Here’s a little intro to our new September catalog dropping on Monday!
The two trend concepts for the collection were Dark Fairy and Sport. I’ll tell you a little more about each trend next week. We were really inspired by this photography book called “A Fairy’s Child” by Ann Dahlgren and Douglas Foulke. We loved the book so much, we contacted Douglas and asked if he would be interested in shooting our catalog! He agreed and he and his wife shot our catalog at their home in Connecticut. (The photos above are from his portfolio on his website…)
As far as art direction, the creative team was really into old books, bindings, bookplates… One of our creative assistants did the fairy painting above on the pages of an old book, and then painted lines over the text too. Below are just some other old books we looked at for ideas.

oladios -Oct 03, 2007, 8:42PM
who is the author of Moonshine book please ? I can read it from this photo .
kendall -Sep 19, 2007, 9:46PM
i love the new catalog! i got mine about a week ago (or whenever they were sent out hehe) and i am definitely going to see if i can make it to the chicago store to look around at all the new stuff!! :] kendall

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the yurt

I posted the video of our first Urban Outfitters Inc. art installation a little while back (check it out here).
The latest artist exhibiting in Building 543 (the Urban Inc. common building hosting our restaurant, book shop, gym, etc) is also a Free People girl. Luren works on our display team and is an amazing artist in her free time.
This installation was originally titled “One Wall is an Edge.” It addresses the idea of creating a nomadic but holistic environment for yourself to move in. The yurt is a nomadic shelter, meant to be put up in a few hours, made hospitable, lived in, and deconstructed to move to a different place. The painted backdrop completes the illusion of creating a new environment for the yurt dweller. This is a fantasy place for being far away while grounded in a common routine. It is an escape to an exoticized space, yet it is made of common materials around us all the time: plastic, PVC, zip ties, canvas and wood. Decontextualized from its usual location on the planes of Central Asia, the yurt and its landscape act as an object of escapism and as a space for contemplation and surprise.

A little about Luren… She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with the department of Textile Design. She has been working within the scale of environment creation through interior design and textile design, as well as installation. Her interests in the decorative arts lie mainly in the intersection of the surreal and the conventional. She is currently living and working in Philadelphia with Free People making artwork for new stores and designing seasonal displays.

-Sep 08, 2007, 10:35AM
luren is a cool lady. mad props kid.

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Check out the trailer for the latest issue of Fly, the magazine of fashion on film. I love the auditions! I wish I could rent Fly DVDs at my neighborhood video store…

cooper's girl -Sep 11, 2007, 9:35AM
hey justthinkin' :) i'm 26. heck yeah i wear FP clothing all the time. it's about creating your personal style and FP has pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe no matter what your age.
fpgirl -Sep 07, 2007, 5:48PM
Hey justthinkin'. We have done a few different surveys of both our store and web customers. The ages are seriously all over the place from teens to grandma's and lots of 20 somethings. The 26 year old girl is kind of a way for us to focus our aesthetic and keep a clear idea of the kind of girl we imagine to love Free People. Whether you are 18 or 45, we like to think there is something about this imaginary free spirited 26 year old FP girl that you are in love with...

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hack 2 school

You may have seen this around the blogosphere, but I thought I’d give my recommendation as well. Core 77 did this back to school guide with helpful tips for all of you designers and designer wannabes. From key items to invest in to simple photoshop tricks, with some wit and humor thrown in. There’s some good advice that translates for those of us that have graduated to business world too. So check it out, because they used hot pink glue guns in the image.

chloec. -Sep 12, 2007, 8:19AM
oh man. i loved this link so much i am torn whether to tell everyone about it or hide it and pretend to be cool. jeeeze.

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I came across this beautiful video trailer for the film “1960′s Butterfly Girl” by designer/artist Susan Cianciolo. I wish the entire 10 minute film was on youtube, but now at least I know to keep my eye out for a live screening. Looks amazing, right? Have any of you seen this in it’s entirety?

fpgirl -Sep 05, 2007, 3:30PM
wow. awesome. thanks liz!
liz -Sep 05, 2007, 10:40AM
thanks so much for posting this! this movie was actually made by some friends of mine, and we'd love to send you a copy - just drop me a line at liz@nogoodforme.com.

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craft inc.

Thought I’d pass along this recommendation to all of our crafty readers. I spotted this book on Lena Corwin’s blog and it definitely sounds like a must read for all of you small business crafty girls. Check out the website and Lena’s review!

margo slinger

Thank you to Bloesem for intoducing me to the work of Margo Slinger. You have to check out her website of work. It is so clever and funny and beautiful. All of the buttons on her website are little vintage buttons (an one silly rabbit?). The navigation is a little tricky, and it’s easy to get lost in Slingerland, but so much fun…

true nature -Sep 01, 2007, 6:14PM
totally gorgeous!!

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Check out this rather beautiful video of floating fabrics above Copenhagen’s harbor. Produced by Danish textile company, Kvadrat, I found it on Lena Corwin’s blog. I love the contrast of the organically flowing fabrics with the industrial surroundings…


Spotted this over on craftzine.com and had to share. Images above are by Audrey Penven. She sews on film negatives in a darkroom wearing nightvision goggles. Pretty amazing.

We got a comment asking for more of the watercolors from the catalog. Most of them have been chopped up at this point, but here is one more that is still in tact. Enjoy!

Jo -Aug 11, 2007, 4:07AM
Gorgeous! im a watercolors fan, and this one is trully amazing! thank you so much for sharing:)
Conni -Aug 10, 2007, 6:58PM
Just wanted to add, how much I have enjoyed reading this blog. It's one of the reasons I started my own. I had a website, but have been so inspired reading this and other creative blogs that I decided to give it a whirl. Gracias!

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