some recent photos from our facebook fans…

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thanks so much for sharing, these photos are lovely!

FPlover -Oct 27, 2009, 11:57AM
these pictures are so creative and beautiful! they give me some good ideas for me to try! thanks FP!

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beneath the layers

we are loving lots and lots of layered jewelry…pile it onto the wrists and fingers to accessorize a simple outfit like a black dress to turn it into something rockin…
our accessories buyer shared some images that provided the inspiration behind this cool, eclectic look.

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check out some amazing new accessories on our website.
stay tuned…we’ll be bringing you more of the inspiration behind our favorite looks in the future!

Nikki -Oct 26, 2009, 12:06PM
I love this stylee..... I have a etsy shop you check out http://www.TreeHuggerStudio.etsy.com

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monday quote

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”
- jack kerouac

have a magical monday…
image from flickr.

g! -Oct 26, 2009, 9:49PM
love this quite, one of my favorite books too!
kirsten -Oct 26, 2009, 10:18AM
i am living in a community in amsterdam, and i have this quote hanging over the entire length of my door. unfortunately, ducthies need to have it explained several times over.

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nature prisms

one of our new features on the blog is all about artists we love…whose work strikes us in a certain way and inspires us. this week i stumbled upon the work of joe ryckebosch, who uses found images of nature and wildlife and overlays them with brightly colored lines representing patterns he sees in nature that are invisible to the human eye.
joe answered some questions for me about the thought process behind his work…check out the interview and some of his artwork below!

“discoveries”
where are you from?
i live and work in portland, or. i’m originally from a small town in southern california. i lived in the san francisco bay area for several years and it was there when i discovered the shapes and patterns that make up the work i produce today. my wife and i lived in nyc for a short spell, but it really didn’t work out very well (living in nyc). we moved to portland in 2007 and the change of scenery really inspired me to start the nature paths and wildlife analysis series in my art.

“radiant jay”
what is the inspiration behind memory screens of things seen and unseen?
i wanted to try and convey the idea that we sometimes remember or recall things a certain way and our minds have this strict idea of exactly how we saw it or perceived it, but that sometimes is not the case and these things, such as nature and wildlife, are not exactly that way and the entire time they had this sort of aura or life force surrounding them. in my work this life force becomes palatable in the shape of colored lines and patterns.
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“panthervision”
where do you find your nature imagery?
ahh, well i find these things all over the place. i like to take little trips on saturday morning up and then back down 82nd ave. (in portland) and stop at all the thrift stores along the way. there are about 4 of them and in my “rounds” i usually end up with a few good finds.
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“lupine shine”
how do the “unseen patterns” come to you?
they just sort of pop out of an image as soon as i see it. It’s funny, i will walk into a place and see an image just sort of staring back at me. i instantly know if i can work with it and perhaps, hopefully, remix it to the way i see the patterns emerging.
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“forest relics”
can you explain the phrase “nature authors nature”?
well, i can provide an example: the water flows down the stream and feeds all life in its path. what if the water was really this colorful life source surging forth? it is not really a liquid anymore but rather a source of power, a necessary thing that will ultimately sustain life. nature then edits the way things really are, nature’s unseen editing will dictate and govern how things should and will be. i try and bring that to the foreground in my work.
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“spectral falls”
who are your heroes?
hamish kilgour, jack k., william b., the ether spring, david r., jonathan ames, sara bir, and tony turano.
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“majesty tree”
what does “free people” mean to you?
free to choose, free to live, free to think. un-inhibited and never afraid to try new things, despite oppressive factions and dictatorships.
memory screens of things seen and unseen is on display at half & half gallery in portland through november 1.

Nikki -Oct 26, 2009, 12:08PM
That's pretty groovy. Check out my etsy shop :http://www.TreeHuggerStudio.etsy.com
Natalie -Oct 26, 2009, 2:53AM
His work is fantastic. I would love to visit portland, oregan. it must be so beautiful over there! great post xoxo natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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…just because.

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from summer teeth, cosmic dust, ffffound.
have a wonderful, wonderful weekend :)

this is the cutest/most creative thing ever…someone sent this to one of our employees as a thank you.

thank YOU for the pie!

katie -Oct 23, 2009, 2:46PM
That's from my girl! She's an AMAZING baker, maker, mover and shaker!!! Enjoy the pie! yum :)

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dr. in the house

anyone going to any good shows this weekend? there are quite a few going on in philly…

on saturday night i’m going to see local band dr. dog at the tla. i’ve seen them live before and they’re a ton of fun, plus i looooved their latest album, fate. it’s sort of folky, sort of poppy, sort of awesome. listen to some tracks on their myspace page…i recommend “the breeze”…

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i hope the stage set-up looks like it does in these pics from their show at the fillmore in san fran.
if i’m able to get any good photos i’ll share them on the blog!

sammi -Oct 27, 2009, 11:25AM
I got a slice!
quarble -Oct 27, 2009, 10:23AM
Thank you for promoting the good doctor on this blog. They are my absolute favorite, to the point that I've seen them eight times now, counting this weekend's double-header. Did you get a slice of pizza? Did your heart almost burst with love? Let's Go Phillies

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this weekend…live outside the box :)

the 23rd annual bridge school benefit concert, organized by neil young and his wife pegi, is taking place this saturday and sunday at the shoreline amphitheatre in mountain view california. neil young is the man…if you don’t believe me, watch this video.

benefits from the concert go towards the bridge school, a non-profit organization that helps children with severe speech and physical impairments. for more about the bridge school and the concert click here.

Jonelle -Oct 26, 2009, 3:00AM
I was just at that concert tonight! It was amazing :).
brittney cottrell -Oct 25, 2009, 8:55PM
i love neil young, and this song especially!

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a new exhibit went up this week at gallery 543, the gallery in building 543 where our cafeteria is located. it’s such a beautiful space on its own, but having artwork on display makes it even better.

the new exhibit features the work of mark khaisman, who we’ve posted about before. he uses packaging tape to create these awesome portraits that play with the tactile nature of the tape and the familiarity of the images he creates.
i think they’re cool because up close all i can see are the lines of tape, but as you distance yourself the images reveal themselves.
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gallery 543 started out as a way to showcase the artistic talent of employees here at the home office, but has grown to include local artists and institution shows, with installations rotating every 4-6 weeks. the current exhibit will run through december 1st, monday through friday, 9am-6pm.

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and neon colors, too :)

erin elizabeth -Oct 23, 2009, 9:29AM
I visit your sight once a day (if not twice). I adore your posts!!! Free People and We The Free are my faves when shopping!!! If only I could get out of the corporate world and have my life be a reflection of my work and vise versa :)
Arsento -Oct 23, 2009, 5:20AM
I really like your blog and i respect your work. I'll be a frequent visitor.

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last week we asked which hat topped your list, and the winner is….
…the vintage tam rose beret! with 36% of the votes.
this week we’re loving layers…they’re especially great to wear under your favorite summery tops that you just can’t seem to put away yet.
which of these layering pieces are you loving the most?
the bronte lace top:

the zipper sleeve thermal:

the fishnet scoop top:
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the sheer layering top:
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or the studded cuff thermal:
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