I am sooo very inspired by this q & a with Kate Bingaman Burt over on My Love For You. Kate did the handlettering in Handmade Nation and writes the blog Obsessive Consumption. She DRAWS all of the things she buys, and draws all of her credit card statements.
You need to read the interview and check out her blog. It will change the way you think about shopping, consumption, and your general relationship with money. Oh and art and craft too:)
Having moved to Philadelphia from the Ohio countryside, I couldn’t help but notice there were less outrageous (and often tacky) Christmas displays in people’s yards – something I had grown up with and enjoyed in Ohio. So I was totally cheered by this video that Heather, our Direct Operations Manager, took a couple of weeks ago. She and some friends went on a night-time scooter ride around south Philadelphia, and got really fun footage of all the holiday lights! It’s a real festive and fun video – and at the very end there is a cameo by a cute baby! Enjoy – and if you want to see the video in higher quality, just click on the screen and get whisked off to Youtube, where the high quality version lives.
Thank you all so much for participating in the calendar giveaway! It was such a pleasure to read everyone’s resolutions! There were a lot of really unique and interesting ones too. I felt really inspired to think about my own resolutions! Good luck to everyone in the coming year, and good luck with your resolutions!
And now, the winner, chosen at random: Congratulations to Jen!
in 09 i plan to work hard to grow spiritually and to be less apathetic. i think and talk about things passionately but don’t feel as though i DO enough about the things i believe. also, to get my life more simple and organized.
Everyone else, don’t lose hope! It was so much fun to do a giveaway, we will definitely be doing another one very soon! Stay tuned, and thank you!
Ever think about how far your clothes have traveled? I like the way artist Luca Pizzaroni is approaching clothing labels as a cultural symbol.
From the Labels Project site:
“The Labels Project Sculpture sets out to serve as a metaphor of travel, capable of taping memories of time and place to reveal a sense of unspoken collective identity.This installation sculpture relies on the conventions and familiarity of clothing to communicate and uncover a greater sense of self. Label-gazing, becomes here, a valid geographical-psychological challenge. The viewer’s interpretation belies his personal notions about geographical provenance, time and memory.”
I couldn’t resist posting this adorable video of two kitties conversing with one another! You may have already seen it, as it’s apparently had 55,000 views! I showed it to my kitties at home and they watched it with interest – really, they did!
What do you guys think of these pieces by Valerie Hegarty? I am partial to the last one myself! Very organic, less destructive. Though the cracked wall and painting are nice too. All very interesting… I couldn’t find too much information about Valerie herself, other than that she lives in Brooklyn, but you can see more of her work here, if you’re intrigued like I was.
Hello all! I have another very cool guest post from Kevin for you! Please enjoy!
Hey Guys! I just saw the Pipilotti Rist show at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York this weekend. It was a giant video installation with dozens of projections all over the atrium of the MOMA! There was a giant eye-shaped couch on the floor, and people were just laying everywhere, soaking up the atmosphere! Totally awesome, a total fantasy of flowers a girl and a pig. Check it out if you are in New York City!
Also, have a look at this sweet interview with Pipilotti from the MOMA’s website!
Here’s a short little video of part of the show.
The MOMA also has a number of her works in their permanent collection, including the video Ever is All Over, featuring a pretty girl smashing car windows with a giant steel flower.
As the holidays are starting to draw to a close, people are trickling back into the office. So today, I asked around, what did you do over the holidays? Here’s what a few people had to say!
Jessica: I shopped sales! I also got a massage! I played with my dog, saw old friends, and generally schmoozed!
Katie: Well, I had a cold, but I made curtains with my mom, which was fun!
Heather: I ended up driving about 1200 miles! I was finishing my big move from Columbus Ohio to here in Philly! I drove from here to Columbus, from Columbus to Indiana, then back to Columbus and back to Philly again! Whew! It’s good to be through moving!
Lindsay: I went to Mass for the first time in years, with my boyfriend’s family! Then I spent Christmas day with my mom and uncle! One of my favorite gifts I received this year was a silver necklace from my boyfriend, which I’m wearing right now!
Morgan: I spent the holidays in southern Indiana, and I ate a lot of great food that my mom cooked! Yum!
Luren: I went home to Texas and spent the whole time helping my dad with this painting experiment he’s working on. He’s trying to recreate Vermeer‘s optical painting tools, as well as his room. I spent a lot of time going around to thrift stores and trying to make old Dutch costumes, finding props and such. It was fun and interesting!
So what did you guys do over the holidays?
Shown above is a little glimpse of our 2009 calendar! We tried a new and sort of retro-inspired design this year, and I think it is just gorgeous! Our fabulous art assistant Kara is responsible for most of the painting!
So would you like to have one of your very own? We want to give one away! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, and tell us: What are your new year’s resolutions? Have you any?
Then we’ll pick a comment at random and if it’s you, a Free People calendar is yours!
I will post the winner tomorrow morning! Be sure to leave your email address with your comment so I can contact you for your mailing address if you win! Good luck!
We are hiring for all positions for our new store in the Soho neighborhood of New York. Want to work for Free People? You can apply online here:)
The new year is quickly approaching, and if you are like me, you are going to have a couple of defunct calendars on your hands soon! I’m always at a loss of what to do with them, since I usually like the pictures so much! This year however, I am looking forward to turning my old calendars into envelopes and notecards! Both Mara Rivet at Thrifty Fun and Kelli on There is No Place Like Home have really cute and easy tutorials on how to do it! Definitely check them out if you are looking for a fun way to reuse your calendars! You could use magazine tears too!
The cute old calendar picture above was found at this interesting site.
Like female vocalists? How about a slightly folksy sound and some sweet viola playing? I’ve been really enjoying Anni Rossi‘s new album lately, and wanted to share a song of hers with you! It’s a pretty simple video, but I just love the song! I bet she would be cool to see live…