the first music festival of the season is just a couple of weeks away! this year a couple of our fp girls heading down to austin for SXSW and we’re going to be bringing you the SXSW experience …fp style!
i thought for tunesday today i’d feature one of their must-see bands for this year, white denim! they saw this garage/experimental rock trio perform last year and loved them, so they can’t wait to check them out again this year. white denim is also a hometown favorite, being from austin. they’ll be playing this year at emo’s annex, thursday march 18 at 1:00am.
i just listened to their album “fits,” released in october of ’09, and was really impressed- and supposedly they put on a sick live show.
listen to a couple of their songs and let me know what you think!
you may remember i posted some photos not too long ago giving you a little sneak peak at a fun new video we did for the blog that follows one of our fp girls around at work for a few days to give you a little glimpse into her world. well today i’ve got the video for you!
i’m very excited to bring you a (few) day(s) in the life of a free people designer!
One of our creative’s put together a lovely snapshot of each girl that categorizes each of our trends. So now you can put a visual image to each name.The girls are all from past catalogs, which is even better!
I thought they were kinda cool and a good way to adapt to the looks in the future. So here you go. Maybe they’ll stick in your mind too.
“My turquoise ring was made and purchased in my hometown…from the very rare star turquoise. I may have the only one of its kind.
The other is a wolf ring purchased in the company of my friend and co-worker kris chau whilst perusing the shops on chestnut st in philadelphia.
The silver buckle-y bracelet was a thrift shop find (also in philadelphia) thanks to the good eye of my friend kim williams.
The leather tooled bracelet and I love america bracelet are both from thrift shops? I think.
And my ribbon/braided bracelets are there because I am constantly wishing for peace on earth and endless love and I decided I needed to make them come true
By placing wishes on material things that will fall off and therefore render my dream true. Though if I just shared my dreams out loud, did I void them? “:(
i first heard about jewelry designer eric saeter when i spotted one of his rings on another fp girl and i instantly fell in love. now that we’re carrying a couple of his pieces i asked eric some questions about his work and inspiration. what did i learn? that in addition to making rad jewelry- he’s also just a really cool, nice guy.
how long have you been designing jewelry?
i began designing jewelry A/W 08/09. it was something i had always dreamt of doing; one of those ideas that kicks around until the day you say to yourself “so when is better than now?” and you do it. turns out the process is a natural extension of my love and work in the fields of fashion and art.
how did you begin designing jewelry?
frustrated by a lack of decent and/or imaginative men’s rings at the time — that is, rings over size 11 — i decided to do it right and do it myself. it was very inspiring to watch my work travel around the world to be worn by such different people in such wildly different contexts from my own. it was almost like vicarious experience. now i’m addicted!
can you briefly explain the casting process/how you make your pieces?
the process begins with an intuition for translating ideas to wearable shapes. i find that direct approach (grab a knife, start hackin!) facilitates better final product — where sketching and planning can hinder my creativity. i “invest” my model in a high-temperature plaster and heat it to temps into the thousands to burn out a cavity that is eventually replaced by silver or gold. i use both vacuum casting and centrifugal casting which suck or throw metal into the cavity, respectively. it takes a good day (or longer) to complete all of the steps of the casting process, and each step demands a precision i never had anticipated.
where do you draw inspiration for your work?
surrealism in cinema, in art, in literature. high fashion, penrose and aperiodic tiling, arabesques, rainforests, science, rococo. i come up with some designs as a symbol to supplant the lack of a place or feeling too distant or too difficult to immediately experience; a deep cave, a dream, the rainforest, historical events, a ritual. i want to extend people into these places with symbols that attach them to imagined spaces.
who are your heroes?
jean-luc godard, yves st laurent, vladamir nobokov, karl lagerfeld, gabriel garcia marquez, abdul mati klarwein, augustin lesage. there’s a revolving cast.
if you weren’t a designer, what would you do?
i would probably be painting and drawing more, as well as scavenging creative people to conceive fashion editorials with (for a long time i was photographing models). i would probably also still be modeling to fund my creative projects.
what are your favorite hobbies?
i like making things with my hands, drawing, finding fresh art and media. i love communicating with imaginative people, the further from reality the better. traveling is such a liberating activity that i wish i could say i did enough of. maybe i will try harder this year to do that. after all i never feel more at home than when i am a long way from familiar paths.
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
one: a ring by yours truly — you never know when an un-contacted tribe could appear and eat you. leading researchers in this field suggest that my jewelry effortlessly implies one may be of heavenly origin. two: an awesome hand-crank wheatgrass machine. three: a seed bank. is that cheating? from there i could grow stuff to look at, grow stuff to chomp, and grow building materials also! bamboo viaduct! hello!?!?