the story is really moving…jamie hewlett, the artist behind gorillaz (who rock), recently traveled to bangladesh with oxfam and visited the island of char atra, where climate change has caused flooding that is affecting the daily life of the people who live there.
not only have families had to raise their homes above water on stilts, but some have lost children to the floods, and some kids in the area have to swim to school with their books on their heads due to flooding. visit the oxfam site for more info.
hewlett was inspired to record what he saw in a series of paintings that capture both the difficulty of their situation as well as the resilience of the people…can you imagine having to spend part of your day literally up a tree, for safety?
here are some of the paintings, and the explanations behind them…

“this is the river erosion, showing how the bank has almost been sliced away. you can see the men folk looking at us on our boat – watching us quizzically as to who we are.”
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“this shows the kids up in the trees, which for many of them is the safest place to go during the floods – gathering some food rations to keep them going and climbing up, staying there for as long as they can.”
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“this is in dhaka where most people’s transport is the rickshaw. it seemed the right thing to draw really, cycling through the floods. of course, there weren’t floods there then – artistic license.”
i think they’re beautiful in their simplicity. i especially like his use of materials…as he explains, “i liked the idea of putting the paintings on paper and envelopes that were a bit dog-eared, as if they had been dropped in a puddle.”
the paintings are on display as part of a free exhibit on climate change taking place now through october 31 at the dray walk gallery at the truman brewery in london, and are available for purchase through oxfam, with proceeds going towards continuing their work in bangladesh.

wednes-diy

you may have seen these lace bunny ears by now…

they’ve caused quite a stir in the fashion world…these are the ones by maison michel.
but have you tried making your own? it actually looks pretty do-able, and now i think i know what i’m wearing for halloween this year…
this awesome tutorial is from monoxious.com.

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i’m making mine this weekend…i’ll post pics of them when i’m done :)
if you make them let me know how it goes!

Jessica! -Nov 04, 2009, 10:48AM
I loved this post (and of course, the bunny ears) so much that I made my own for Halloween. These were way easy to make and the instructions were really helpful. The only part that took a little time was stitching the bias tape and sewing the lace to the tape. These bunny ears are a sure way to grab attention without having to dress up as a superhero or barmaid.
cresta -Oct 31, 2009, 12:38PM
I totally got into this project and even pushed the concept a bit further. I went for more of the drama in the first picture but the tutorial was very helpful. The construction was broken down in a very simple way and I wanted to say thank you for this DIY. I posted my bunny ears and you can check them out here

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i love the new gateway image on our website for fall florals…so pretty.

created by our very talented graphic designers :)
check it out on the website here.

cmj in nyc

the 2009 cmj music marathon and film festival starts today in new york city. cmj spans five days and showcases hundreds of new acts playing small shows at a variety of venues in the city. highlights include atlas sound, who we posted about earlier today, playing two shows (tonight and tomorrow night), and the very best, playing tomorrow night. for a full list of bands, venues and showtimes click here.

also if you haven’t heard of the very best, check out their song warm heart of africa featuring ezra koenig of vampire weekend…i dig it.
you can listen to it on their myspace page here.
if you’re going to any cmj shows tell us how they are and send pics!

indi -Oct 22, 2009, 11:43PM
that song was on the urban outfitters playlist #7...theres a bunch of other goodies on the list but that song is def one of the best!
music -Oct 20, 2009, 7:16PM
i love that song!!!

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film fix

if you’re a fan of jack kerouac, a new documentary came out today called one fast move or i’m gone, which focuses on the phase of kerouac’s life chronicled in the novel big sur. one of my favorite jack kerouac books, it is set mostly in a cabin owned by lawrence ferlinghetti in the scenic section of the northern california coast called big sur. kerouac stayed in the cabin for several weeks as he struggled with alcoholism and depression after publishing his famous novel on the road. the documentary tells the stories behind big sur through voice-overs paired with high-def imagery and interviews with people who knew kerouac or were influenced by his work, including ferlinghetti, tom waits and patti smith.

bixby bridge at big sur, which kerouac wrote about in the novel. i was lucky enough to go there and it’s incredible.
click here for a list of theaters where the film is playing.

amy -Oct 20, 2009, 7:17PM
loooove jack kerouac.

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tunesday

time for this week’s new music review…

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atlas sound is the solo project of bradford cox, the lead singer of deerhunter (whose album microcastle was one of my favorites of 2008). with atlas sound, he is able to be more experimental than he is with the full band, blending ambience, airy electronics and soft, warm lyrics. you can hear the influence of 60s pop and doo-wop in the undertones of songs like “walkabout”, “my halo” and “shelia”, which when compared to the dreary melancholy of most of cox’s music, sound just like a crisp sunny day. “walkabout” is a collaboration with noah lennox (a.k.a. panda bear/member of animal collective), who also rocks. check out this cute video set to the song.

atlas sound is touring now, so check out the tour dates on myspace to see if he’s coming to a town near you.
the above image is from the deerhunter/atlas sound blog.

Julie -Oct 21, 2009, 11:44PM
i have been listening to walkabout in my car like 17 times a day for the past two weeks, it's great!
music -Oct 20, 2009, 7:19PM
this album is so good.

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time to get creative…send us your costume ideas and photos!

i have a feeling the max costume will be big this year…
(the photo is of a max costume by christian joy, on display and for sale at space 15 twenty).
you can send your ideas and images to me, jkeim@freepeople.com, or upload your photos to our new flickr page!

Alyssa -Oct 21, 2009, 12:06PM
My boyfriend and I are going as Peace and Quiet: I'll be a hippie and he'll be a mime!
-Oct 20, 2009, 10:04PM
im being a star trek geek! :o)

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are you a fan of our zip cardi wrap?

did you know it can be worn more than one way?

check out this video for tips on how to wear it:

in case you’re wondering, the song in the background is “sugarbaby” by crystal stilts.

steve the builder -Oct 27, 2009, 4:14AM
how-to style: zip cardi wrap You look great in that cardi!
loopy -Oct 20, 2009, 10:08AM
I love all your clothes and designs. Have you guys thought about opening a store in London, England?

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we love hearing from our fans and readers, and we’d like to give you all a chance to share your passion and creativity with us. we’ve created a free people flickr page where we will post pictures from around the office as well as images that inspire us, and we want you to share your images with us as well! check out the new page here.
furthermore, in a new feature on the blog called fp photo hunt, we will introduce a new theme or subject and invite you to send us a photo displaying that theme/subject in a fun and creative way. our favorites will be selected at the end of the week and posted on the blog the following monday.
this week…what is the strangest object in your home?

this is by far the weirdest thing in my apartment.

introducing another new feature on the fp blog…employee profiles! tune in to meet fp girls who work in the home office and hear about some of their own personal passions.

check out more fp videos on youtube.

fpjulia -Oct 22, 2009, 1:23PM
Hil- the girl in the video has a bachelor of science in psychology and physiology, and a background in statistics. hope that helps!
Hil -Oct 21, 2009, 5:01PM
I am a college student. What do you major in to become a business analyst for retail?

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some lovely photos of our facebook fans in international locations…

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can you guess the location in each of the above?

*girl in bath -Oct 27, 2009, 11:50AM
Thanks for calling me gorgeous, ciaociao! I'm going to start campaigning to be in the catalogue asap! haha
fahad -Oct 21, 2009, 6:03PM
hi

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monday quote

“be not the slave of your own past. plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
- ralph waldo emerson

image via ffffound.

-Oct 19, 2009, 10:06PM
this is very relevant for me now... good monday quote. thanks! xo
lovefp -Oct 19, 2009, 8:31PM
awesome.

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