I just wanted to give everyone in the Philadelphia area a heads-up about the Art Star Craft Bazaar taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Penn’s Landing! It should be a blast, and have tons of awesome stuff! Bands too! Check out more info about it at Art Star’s site!
Which page out of the latest catalog (May 2008) would you most like to see made into a poster?
Pick any page out of the catalog, whichever you like best!
Just put the page number of your choice as a comment on this post to cast your vote!
(If you don’t have a copy of the May catalog handy, you can view a smaller version online here.)
Thank you for your help!
“I went home to north Jersey and visited with my parents. I had lots of fun planting flowers outside the house I grew up in, impatiens and begonias!”
“We took a tour of the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, and we were so amazed! We’ve never had the chance to go inside and now we want to live there! After that we went to the Jamaican Jerk Hut for dinner as well as to see a cool local band called Wareika Hill that was playing there. We sat on a blanket out in the yard that the restaurant owns! The food was great and so was the music! We had a blast!”
I threw a barbeque for my friends at my place on Sunday, and then on Monday went to a barbeque at my parents in Stockton, NJ! We swam, played pingpong and played bocce!”
“I found three tiny abandoned and hungry baby kittens in an alleyway by my house! I took them to my friends house and now we are each the proud owners of one!”
“Twice a summer a group of about 20 of my friends and myself meet up in the Glades area of the south shore of Massachusetts to hang out and reunite. One of those meetings for this summer was this weekend! We had a bonfire, collected mussels, played board games, flew kites, played bocce, jumped off rocks, and basically had a good old time. Here are a couple pictures of us, one jumping off rocks and another playing bocce!”
“We also got to stay in the house where the old David Hasselhoff movie ”Witchery” was filmed, so we watched the movie, in the house where it was filmed! Random and cool!”
“I had a romantic picnic with my husband and our doggy! Other than that I spent the weekend making a craft workshop room in my house! It was a lot of work cleaning, organising things, and putting furniture together, but now I can’t wait to start crafting!”
“I worked on my new house all weekend! We took down an entire wall, and exposed the brick in another wall!”
A sweet young lady who chose not to be pictured had this to add:
“My cousin graduated from Brown this weekend, so I went to Providence, RI and ate and ate and ate to celebrate! I got mussels and Belgian fries at Red Stripe Restaurant, and they were fantastic! I also had some sensational crabcakes at 3 Steeple Street Restaurant! I would recommend either place to anyone visiting Providence!”
Have you seen Tom Sachs’s giant Hello Kitty creatures at the Lever House? You might be reminded of the Hello Kitty Nativity Sachs did in the Barney’s windows in 1994? Now we have huge bronze sculptures to worship. On display at the Lever House in NYC until September. Images from Mario Sorrenti at Wallpaper.
*First name: Dana
*How long have you worked at Free People? A year and a half
*Tell me about your job: I work on the FP knits team, designing for alternating seasons (Holiday, Spring, Summer 2/ Fall1). I get to sketch and design things for each trend, select fabrics and work with our color team to chose prints for each style. And then we travel to our overseas vendors to check up on the product and help them out.
*What do you like best about working at FP? I love the people I work with! I love having creative freedom, and the ability to design things that are unique and hand crafted. When we get to see our styles for the first time before we show them to the sales team, it’s like Christmas. Everyone gets so excited opening the boxes, and looking at the product that we’ve all worked so hard on.
*Favorite current FP item? I love the Seashore Dropwaist Tank in white because it’s great to wear with jeans, and it’s a cute stripe which is always fun if you just want something to throw on.. and you can layer it or wear a cute belt. OH And I LOVE the Chubby Change Purses!! They are so tiny and cute and fabulous.
*What do you do when not at work? I hang out with my son Asher, go thrift shopping, sew stuff, bake pies, watch movies in the winter, go camping in the summer, shop ebay like an addict
*Top 5 favorite things (books, movies, websites, music, artists etc)? WOW i have a ton! I just finished the last Harry Potter book – it might be nerdy but I love them! I have also read Watership Down a thousand times, I like the Steven King Gunslinger books and any sort of biography/ autobiography. Some good movies are Moulin Rouge, Footloose, and Urban Cowboy. I heart art by Elizabeth McGrath and Audrey Kawasaki.
*What did you want to me when you were a kid? I wanted to be a ballerina until I was 12, and then I wanted to be a veterinarian until I did a job shadow and realized it wasn’t for me.
*Favorite places to hang out? The shore, the woods and Pennypack Park. I’m from Seattle, and when I’m there I love the Bleu Bistro on Capitol Hill, vintage shopping in the University district, Lincoln Park in West Seattle, Moses Lake for camping, Ocean Shores for vacation.
One of the many benefits of working in an office like Free People’s is that a lot of the supplies are fun, crafty and beautiful. Piles of scrap material and an array of yarns take on a beauty all their own. There is just so much to look at and admire! I can’t help but feel really inspired just by having them around.
The yarns shown above are lined across the top of the walls that form the hallway…
Friend of FP Elizabeth Garvey loves and collects old photographs, and houses them all in her blog, Sew Kewl. “One of the things I love more than anything are old photographs, especially from different cultures. Life seemed so simple back then, and their outfits were just the cutest!” says Elizabeth.
Check out Sew Kewl at Etsy where you can find little wonders such as this…
One of my favorite women’s tees that we are selling right now is the We The Free Kitty Hawk Tee.
Something that tickled the curiosity of myself and my fellow Free People bloggers however, was whether the tee had been inspired by the fact that our home office is located on Kitty Hawk Avenue…
So I searched out the designer mostly responsible for the tee, Gabrielle, asked her-
and to my delight, the answer was yes! The print had been inspired by our humble street.
She also told me a little about the process of burning out a tee to make it thinner
and have that vintage feel.
They start with a poly-cotton material, then come up with a print or a set of areas they want to “burn out.” You’ll notice on these type of garments that some areas are thinner than others. The areas more thinned out have had a type of print applied to them which has a chemical that when washed, dissolves the cotton but leaves the polyester. After the fabric has been burnt out, it is dyed. Generally, after the dying is when the garment is constructed.
The screen print is the last thing added.
This cool tree, which has been ‘planted’ on a wall next to the lobby here in the
Free People Home Office, features a photo of nearly every Free People Home Office employee!
The photos don’t quite capture how big and cool it actually is!
(And a big thank you to everyone who helped put it up! It’s wonderful!)