These patterns are just so incredible! The first two are actual wall-hangings, the last is a sketch of ideas for wall-hangings. All are the work of Gunta Stölzl, a German textile artist from the early 20th century. She entered the famous Bauhaus School as a student in 1920, and ended up as a teacher there in 1928. Still, I’d never heard of her until today when I saw her on Now Voyager, who is also real impressed. If you are interested too, check out this website, it’s got a detailed biography and quite a few pictures of her work.
Something about Gunta’s designs reminds me a little bit of the Gee’s Bend Quilts. What do you think?
This cute little gal is a Jindo Dog! She is visiting the office today with one of our employees – she is going to be a gift for the employee’s dad! I don’t want to say who of course, since I don’t want to ruin the surprise! Boy don’t you just wish she was a surprise for you!?
Needless to say, being as cute as she is, she is very popular, and has made the rounds all around the building. Last I saw her she was as in the last picture – tuckered out after all the fun!
What do you think of Jessica‘s new ring? I just love it! Pattra made it for her, and they are total buddies, as you can see from the picture!
Pattra tells me the little rhinestone for the ring is a button from a discarded blouse. She really liked the popping color of the elastic string, and she just felt the urge to make them into a ring! So she did! It’s hand-sewn. Cute!
You can bet this cool music video of Nico’s I’m Not Sayin from 1965 made it on my YouTube favorites list! I love it! I bet you will too!
I just have a few random shots of your friends here at the home office today…
Kris takes a little break to chat animatedly!
Indiana Jones is alert and ready for action!
Heather carefully dyes some panties.
Trixie has decided that the new cool thing is to sit on top of her box, rather than inside of her box.
Hilary prepares a cool new store display in the workspace.
Meanwhile, in the web studio, our make-up artist Deanna is shocked by something one of our models tells her!
Katie carefully checks information at the web shoot…
I know I’ve mentioned the indie craft DIY documentary Handmade Nation. There has been a lot of buzz and some clips released, but the official screenings are finally happening!
In Milwaukee at Oriental Theater 2230 N Farwell Ave. on February 5th!
If you’re near New York, the film debuts on February 12 at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Following the screening, Faythe Levine (the filmmaker!) will be joined in a post-film panel discussion about the indie craft movement by artist Mandy Greer, and Kate Bingaman-Burt, Handmade Nation typographer. The discussion will be moderated by essayist Callie Janoff.
There are some other screenings listed on the blog (including Canada and Spain) so check it out. I can’t wait!
I really wanted to share this little video clip with you! It’ll really brighten your day! It’s just about the cutest thing ever! It’s a little story about a man who adopted a little pet duck and now the duck goes to work with him every day! It is just too much! Enjoy!
This lamp that doubles as an earring stand is so smart! You can buy one here, (they call it the Sofia Lamp) but I think you could easily make an earring lamp with a little drill or some other hole-poking device, and a lamp shade! I bet it would look so awesome with a ton of earrings on it…
I adore this cake that Brooke over at Inchmark made for her daughter’s birthday. It’s so cute- the polka dots really make it! I wasn’t really sure how she made the dots, but it turns out that they are edible! They’re made of frosting, and happily, she tells how to make your own cake dots right here on Inchmark! This might just make me a tiny bit excited for my upcoming birthday…
La Tennis Bensimon is the fashionable French girl’s answer to the Converse. And we have them at Free People in 3 colors: Grey, Marine, and White.
A little about the history of this classic sneaker:
At the end of the World War II, Serge and Yves Bensimon’s grand-father started a business in importing American second hand clothes to France. In 1980, his two grandchildren decide to follow this tradition. Traveling through the world, they bring back uniforms and work clothes that they customize with a personal touch. Inspired by the military pieces and the travel, they designed the line that was immediately adopted by the fashion community and 25 years later became a “must have” in French women’s wardrobes.
Check out the Bensimon Midtop on freepeople.com!
What is your job here at FP?
assistant in soft woven
What is your current state of mind?
fast + furiously designing
Who are your heroes?
Tina Fey (I love nerdy gone chic) + Kathy Griffin (grade A trash talking)
If you could choose what to come back to life as, what would you be?
the Obama daughters new puppy
What or who is your greatest love?
Titus Welliver in Deadwood (my sexy 19th century cowboy)
Name one thing necessary to your happiness.
paycheck advances + eating out with girlfriends
What do you hate the most?
What would the name of your band be and what genre? What instrument do you play in this band?
role: fly girls w/ occasional cowbell
What color are you?
What is your motto?
“ya never know” ;)