“misunderstood buildings” by amy eckert, who writes:
“If houses can be said to have personalities, who’s to say they don’t have longings, imaginations, inner lives? In architecture, a folly is an extravagant, useless, or fanciful building, or one that appears to be something other than what it is. In their book Follies, Grottoes & Garden Buildings, Headley & Meulenkamp define a folly as a “misunderstood building”.
In this collage series I combine my own images with pictures from architecture books and manufacturers catalogues. By removing the house from a picture, I get to fill up that void with my own extravagant, useless, or fanciful ideas. I like to play around with the reliable stability of architectural space and confuse inside with outside, shelter with storm.”
i took a little tour of the office with grizzly bear today and man does she have it good… everywhere she goes people want to give her hugs and kisses and treats! here’s a look at a day in the life of a free people pup :)
where to first?
to give kisses to our graphic designer!
and hugs for one of our designers :)
the leash in the mouth means she’s ready to move on…
this treat smells yummy but it’s a little too big!
there’s a very cool show opening at space 1026 in philly tonight – featuring the work of chrissy piper, an amazing photographer who shot our upcoming december catalog! the show consists of portraits from her 3 records series, in which she asks the people she photographs to name three records that changed and/or inspired their lives. i think its such an amazing concept, and makes the portraits so much more personal.
also, two of our very inspiring fp girls were photographed for the 3 records series, so i wanted to share their portraits and their responses with you :)
also check out more of chrissy piper’s work on her website – i can’t wait to show you some shots from our december book, she did such an awesome job!
this of course got me thinking about how i would respond to the 3 records question. my answers are probably pretty typical but i think i would have to say…
bob marley’s legend, not because i think its the best collection of his music, but because that album to me represents my happiest childhood memories, being at the beach with my family. the beatles rubber soul, which my best friend in grade school gave me (on cassette), and sparked my obsession with the band that is still going strong. and bob dylan’s blood on the tracks because it got me through a really difficult time, and still does when i’m having a bad day.
what are three records that changed and/or inspired your life? i’d love to hear :)
a couple of months ago we had a big meeting at the home office with all of our store managers from across the country. as part of the meeting we had a free people holiday fashion show featuring some of the looks from our november catalog on models and on some of the girls who work here in the office. it was so fun seeing everything go down a runway – and now that the catalog’s out i can show you some pictures that one of the managers snapped during the show!
they all looked amazing – but wee people stole the show :)
our holiday displays are going up in all of our stores next week and i can’t wait to show you photos, they’re breathtaking!
i saw this on poppytalk today and i couldn’t resist sharing. did any of you guys ever make “god’s eyes”? i never have but they’re so awesome looking and simple to make. just tie two sticks together and weave the yarn around them, starting at the center – to see a quick tutorial on exactly how to wrap the yarn, click here. plus you can play around with the colors to get some really pretty combinations – they’d make lovely little table decorations or even christmas tree ornaments!
i also love the pieces of driftwood wrapped in yarn – it reminds me of this photo from our office that i posted not too long ago:
Some items I loved from the studio the other day while I was up there prowling.
I decided to pick out some items that will see me through Fall along with little things I cant live without right now.
It’s coming close to my second Winter in the USA and maaaaaaaaaaaaaan I’m going to prepare myself this time around!
This year is all about learning from last year’s mistakes – there’s no way I’m going to let the cold weather get the better of me this time!
I’m taking the layering trend on board making it pretty and edgy with these lingerie shorts and boots (these black buckle ones are super cool – I will be ordering them next week) to protect me from the wet wet wet weather.
The vintage brown satchels that were featured in the holiday book are perfect and the ideal size to carry my ipad around which has become my BFF! I have also had a little addiction lately for collecting vintage camera straps to jazz up my plain bags.
and now… the comfort zone that will keep me happy when the cold starts to bite – Hot Hot Hot chocolate all the time and the most tastiest thing ever, Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub in Red Velvet = YUM!
while shooting the belle of the ball section of our november book, our lucky team got to spend a week at eglingham hall in north umberland, england. i can see why tim walker used it as the location for his fantasy-like photo shoots, as it looks like a place with many stories to tell and secrets hiding in its walls. here’s a peek inside…
the backyard. wow.
tea for two.
this picture makes me laugh.
and in the backyard, the most amazing teepee ever.
thank you to our producer for these beautiful photos!