we are finally ready to announce the winner of the win your wishlist contest!
the grand prize winner is…………… marydea from nashville tennessee!
read on to learn a little more about her and her personal style.
why did you pick the items you did, and what’s your favorite thing you picked?
the items that i picked are mostly accessories because fp has beautiful vintage inspired items that complement my clothes. my favorite item i picked is the beaded wings cardigan. i think the beads are a lovely touch!
how would you describe your personal style?
for my personal style i tend towards old-fashioned dresses and brightly colored basics. i love victorian lockets and antique jewelry. my closet is inspired by the 1940′s/1950′s and woodland fairies.
what are your hobbies?
i love to paint, ride my bike, cook and bake, be with friends and my two sisters! i love doing anything outside on a lovely day!
what is your first memory of free people?
my first memory of freepeople was.. about 4 christmases ago my grandmother bought me a swiss dot long sleeved shirt and a deer lambs wool hooded vest that i wanted and i still wear it to this day!
here’s a peak at some of the items on her wishlist!
welcome to the first thursday poll of the new year! i thought today would be a good time to introduce some of our different swim styles for this year and see which one you like best! it might seem a little early to talk about swim but if you’re planning a vacation somewhere warm, or just dreaming about the warm weather ahead, we’ve got some great styles for you to check out…
good morning! i’m really excited to bring you a guest blog post from andrea of the blog fly, who also happens to be the artist behind our hand drawn floral converse! read on to learn about where she drew her inspiration for the shoes.
When I was approached by Free People to use my doodle-style illustrations for a small run of sneakers I immediately thought of flower gardens. Aside from the feminine elements that can be associated with Free People and flowers, I really liked the idea of an eclectic garden of quirks and fun, much how I see the brand.
Over the years I’ve collected tons of vintage fabric swatches and ephemera (like magazine clippings and wallpaper scraps) featuring various forms of floral designs. I particularly like to use Secondhand Rose wallpaper swatches and William Morris’ floral designs for references. Using all these elements for inspiration I developed little clusters of tiny flowers, abstract roses, and dingbats to create the doodles for the shoes.
first of all, thank you so much for all of your thoughtful comments about your favorite blog posts- we love getting feedback from our readers, and you are all so incredibly sweet!
the lucky lady who was picked at random is francesca from massachusetts, who said her favorite post was “our new garden” from june! congrats francesca, you will be receiving this adorable coin purse in the mail shortly! stay tuned everyone, we hope to be doing more giveaways on the blog in the future…hint hint :)
one of my friends here at the office told me about the artist kia neill, who makes these amazing installations of environments that are mysterious and magical. using found materials, and lots of glitter, she creates worlds that you thought only existed in your imagination. if you’re in the austin, texas, area, i highly recommend checking out these incredible environments at her show “terrain,” at the women & their work gallery january 16 – february 25. kia was also kind enough to answer some questions for me about her work:
what was the inspiration behind the installations in the “terrain” exhibit?
“‘terrain’ is actually the continuation of a series of previous installations. with each installation the environment grows and is reconfigured. most previous to ‘terrain,’ i created ‘grotto’ at lawndale art center in houston, tx. the installation was a sparkly cavernous environment the viewer entered immediately upon exiting the elevator on the second floor. it was as though the viewer was enclosed in a gigantic geode. A geode is actually a good analogy for my work as with my synthetic versions of nature i want to create the experience one hopes to have. for instance if you’ve ever gotten one of the ‘break your own’ geodes, it’s a boring rock on the outside and you’re told it’s full of sparkly crystals on the inside. you fantasize about what’s inside, then you open it, and it’s never exciting as you imagined it to be. my work is what you imagined.”
“here’s a bit of my artist statement, which explains more:
i am drawn to extraordinary, almost extraterrestrial landscapes, such as caves and coral reefs, as well as the diorama of miniature collectable counterparts that serve in household aquariums, gardens, souvenir cases, etc…with my installations, i attempt to produce an environment that reifies metaphysical association and fantasy that such spectacular and bizarre landscapes can induce. my aim is not a realistic replication of nature, but to place emphasis on gaudy or absurd embellishment so to render an enhanced synthetic ideal.”
what materials do you use to create the installations?
“cost effective and found. mostly paper mache, holiday lights, and i construct the crystals from cds i’ve cut and glued together. and of course, glitter, amongst other misc. craft material. i love hobby lobby, i really should be their spokesperson.”
you also do intricate graphite drawings…what is your favorite medium to work with?
“hmm….that’s hard. i’ve worked with all kinds. drawing, painting, ceramics, digital imaging, animation, etc…i think no matter what medium i work in, i always have conceptually sculptural approach, even if it’s a flat 2dimensional image. though, i do love glitter, i love how it gets all over everything! it’s like residue or evidence! i also like working with flocking, which is a short thin fiber that when applied gives a velvet surface. that’s very fun.”
what artists have inspired you?
“so many different artists have influenced me over the years, but i mostly look to everyday culture for inspiration. for years i have been fascinated by holiday decorations, kitsch, and all kinds of gaudy fake flower arrangements and home décor, especially those covered in glitter. my attraction to the aesthetic continually increases, i wouldn’t be surprised if my skin started to take on a gold plated tinge one of these days!”
if you weren’t an artist, what would you do?
“dance, cook, sing…maybe be a geologist. who knows, art is all i’ve ever done. my family are all artists, so i’ve been surrounded by art since i was a little girl.”
check out more of kia neill’s work on her website!
after my post about projects inspired by free people this morning, reader krystee sent me these photos of some of her crafts and they’re so awesome i had to post them right away! check ‘em out, along with her description of how she made them:
“the stool was inspired by your vanity stool you used to have in the FP store. i went to purchase one and they were gone so i did a lil twist on small decorative one for myself. i used some fabric from and old scarf and beach cover up and extra yarn from my crocheting, and added the flowers to give it that bright enchanted garden feel.”
“i found the bookshelf in my dad’s shed so i painted them and appliqued on fabric and added the yarn and flowers to make it pop.”
when the visual mit from one of our stores sent in her photos from wisconsin that i posted yesterday, she also sent me a picture of this awesome free people inspired gingerbread house that she made. this got me thinking about other fp-inspired projects, and i thought i’d share some really cool ones that i’ve seen on our facebook page.
kaitlin got the idea to make this shabby chic scrap fabric ornament from a this post on the bldg 15 blog a year or so ago.
kaitlin was also inspired by our headband, shown here, and cut long strips of denim from an old pair of jeans and braided them into a headband…she says, “i love to find innovative ways to recycle old things to make them into something new!”
victoria made this fp inspired skirt out of two vintage dresses – so pretty!
free people is looking for an in-house hair/make-up artist to join our web team!
a candidate for this position should understand the free people aesthetic inside and out, and have creativity and technical skills to back them up. this person should have extensive experience in both hair and make for commercial and fashion photography. he or she should be able to produce fresh, innovative hair and make-up styles in a timely fashion. he or she should be experienced and prepared to groom one model daily for the FP.com and FPwholesale.com websites, and stand on set to ensure that the model looks her best in photographs throughout the day.
have extensive knowledge of various hair/make-up tools/tricks of the trade
should be able to stand on his/her feet for 8 hours.
have experience working with all hair and skin types.
be highly creative, keep a book of tears for inspiration.
experience working in a studio setting.