today’s fan story is from sheila from portland OR, a student and artist who sent in some of her recent work. she wrote that she loves fiber art and is always inspired by the materials that free people uses, and has incorporated some tears from fp catalogs into her work.
i love how personal her work is, some of it containing little sentences or phrases that are like a peek into her diary. awesome stuff, thanks for sharing shiela! you can check out more of her work here.
and don’t forget to keep the stories coming to firstname.lastname@example.org!
do you dream of working for free people? well i have exciting news! we have started a twitter account called urban_scout that you can follow for all the latest job openings, and they are there to answer all of your questions as well – click here to go to their twitter page and make sure you’re following!
some quotes that stood out to me from the portion of just kids in which patti returns from her trip to paris and she and robert move into the chelsea hotel. what i would give to be a fly on the wall of the hotel back in those days, when other guests and residents of the hotel included janis joplin, bob dylan, william s. burroughs, allen ginsberg and edie sedgewick…
“where does it all lead? what will become of us? these were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. it leads to each other. we become ourselves.”
“we learned we wanted too much. we could only give from the perspective of who we were and what we had. apart, we were able to see with even greater clarity that we didn’t want to be without each other.”
“in between i clock the action. eyeing the traffic circulating the lobby hung with bad art. big invasive stuff unloaded on stanley bard in exchange for rent. the hotel is an energetic, desperate haven for scores of gifted hustling children from every rung of the ladder. guitar bums and stoned-out beauties in victoria dresses. junkie poets, playwrights, broke-down filmmakers, and french actors. everybody passing through here is somebody, if nobody in the outside world.”
“on that night, too excited to sleep, infinite possibilities seemed to swirl above me. i stared up at the plaster ceiling as i had done as a child. it seemed to me that the vibrating patterns overhead were sliding into place. the mandala of my life.”
“it is said that children do not distinguish between living and inanimate objects; i believe they do. a child imparts a doll or tin soldier with magical life-breath. the artist animates his work as the child his toys.”
looking through our january catalog, i’m sure more than a few of you were wondering… who’s the handsome guy? his name is gauthier and he is a french model – our team found him on the street! we asked him to give us the insider scoop on his favorite places to eat and hang out in paris.
you may recognize this girl from some free people catalogs! she modeled in our december ’09 and january ’10 books, and i interviewed her back then for the blog. michele often works in paris – and hung out with our team while they were shooting there – so i asked her for a little rundown of her ideal day off in paris!
paris! such a fun, beautiful city. i love working there and no matter how many times i visit there is always something fabulous to discover! the city is set up in such a way that nearly every corner you turn, a gorgeous monument or bridge or statue or building is right in front of you. there is so much to take in! whenever i have some time to kill between castings i explore st. germain and le marais or pop into one of the many museums. my perfect day off would look something like this…
i know that tattoos aren’t for everyone, but i’ve always thought they are beautiful. it’s a form of art and a way to express yourself that is completely unique from anyone else and very personal and meaningful. i love seeing other peoples’ tattoos and hearing the meaning behind them – its like being let in on a secret. i sometimes think of my tattoos almost like scars- and i don’t mean that in a negative way. they represent things that i have gone through, things that have left their mark on me – emotional scars, perhaps.
there are several people here in the office that have amazing tattoos and i thought i’d share a few.
chau’s beautiful tattoo is her own handwriting – she’s an amazing artist.
our graphic designer’s tattoos were done by a friend.
our videographer and one of her close friends got this matching tattoo.
my favorite of my tattoos… it came to me in a dream, and the meaning is inspired by a song, but that’s all i will say :)
jemma’s tattoo is inspired by times spent bird watching with her dad.
this is so rad – it’s actually a map of all the places she and her best friend used to hang out.
and just one of our photographer’s many amazing tattoos.
how do you guys feel about tattoos? do you have one, or if you got one, what would you get?
you guys might not all know this but we have a showroom in nyc where some of our fp girls work! they are adorable and of course very stylish. our videographer snapped this pic when she was there last week :)
have you guys checked out our january lookbook, featuring french blogger miss pandora? i love it – it doesn’t hurt to have the beautiful city of paris as the backdrop :) which look do you guys love most?
(click on the images to see details on each outfit)