The Free People Art of Giving Winter craft swap is coming to a close. Some of the swappers have posted photos of their beautiful handmade gifts in our flickr group. They look so amazing!
Thanks to everyone that participated. I hope you all had fun:)
Check out the flickr group to see all of the gifts, and leave these crafters some comments if you love what they made. There should be more photos posting all week, so check back too.
Who would be interested in a Valentines swap??
National Geographic recently came out with it’s Best Science Images of 2008, and they are really stunning! Above are just a few of them. The first is a shot of a human immune system fighting strep throat bacteria – I would have never guessed it, it’s so pretty! The second shot is a diagram showing every cross reference between chapters in the Bible. The third is little diatoms attaching to a marine invertebrate host. I love how beautiful they are, considering they are pictures of some rather humble-sounding stuff! See the whole set here.
I love these cute prints by Little Paper Planes, don’t you? Especially the little girl – the pines trees are perfect!
Everyone here in Philadelphia is enjoying the annual Mummer’s Parade, which is a real spectacle, and very exciting – a smaller version of Mardi Gras! Below are just a few pictures of one of the string bands.
Happy 2009 to all! Hooray!
I saw these dollar origamis on Yatzer, and I am quite impressed! They are the work of a man named Won Park, whose love of origami began when his mother took him to a Japanese paper shop as a boy. It was there that he got his first origami folding book. Now, at 38, he is an origami expert!
You can see some more of his creations right here on Yatzer, and below is a video I found where you can watch him fold a paper rose!
I am sooo very inspired by this q & a with Kate Bingaman Burt over on My Love For You. Kate did the handlettering in Handmade Nation and writes the blog Obsessive Consumption. She DRAWS all of the things she buys, and draws all of her credit card statements.
You need to read the interview and check out her blog. It will change the way you think about shopping, consumption, and your general relationship with money. Oh and art and craft too:)
Remember a little bit ago when I posted about the jewelry that our accessories designer, Sarah makes? Well, I am very excited to report that some of her pieces will be hitting our Paramus NJ, Short Hills NJ, and King of Prussia PA stores this week! Make sure to check them out if you plan on doing any after-Christmas shopping at Free People!
These gorgeous creations are the work of one of our accessories designers, Sarah! She has her own little jewelry business, Sarah Lewis Designs.
I asked Sarah to tell me a little bit about where she gets inspiration for her pieces and how she got started making jewelry. Here’s what she had to tell me about it:
I first started making jewelry when I was a kid, creating necklaces with beads and hemp and things. When I was 14, I learned how to blow glass, and I just fell in love with the art form. I am inspired by so many things, everything around me, especially nature – which is how I got into working with crystals and rocks. I just love gemstones, and when I see a gemstone I immediately envision ways that I would want it to adorn the body. For me, jewelry is like a small-scale sculpture that you can wear!
Be sure to check out Sarah Lewis Designs, as there are lots of fabulous pieces to be seen there! And the best part? A few of our stores will be carrying Sarah’s jewelry starting in a couple weeks, and in April, our catalog will be featuring and selling some of her jewelry too! Look forward to it!
Recently, WWD asked a bunch of top couture designers to make some sketches for Mrs. Obama’s inaugural dress. They put together a pretty big slide show of all the sketches on their site, and I have been really enjoying it! The sketches above are by, from top to bottom, Christian Lacroix, Kai Milla, and Reem Acra. I don’t know how Mrs. Obama will ever pick what to wear with so many fabulous options! See the whole slide show here.
Via Coco + Kelley.
I love these photos by Rune Guneriussen – I can’t stop looking at them! The phones look like they are watching for phone predators… And the first picture is so perfect for wintertime, the lamps look so cozy and cute in the dark of winter!
See more pictures here on Livejournal, and even more on Rune’s site!