cardboard carpets

wendyplomp.jpg Discovered these beautiful printed cardboard "carpets" over on Bloesem. Designer Wendy Plomp titled them “message in a box”. Here is a description from Louise Schouwenberg of Domus magazine.
Cardboard is probably the cheapest industrial packaging material available on the market. Any image that is printed onto this typically throwaway material can turn into a streetwise design object; something that can have a glorious second life if left to the street where it can be spontaneously employed in new applications.
For instance, it could be reborn as a disposable carpet that could instantly provide you with a clean space wherever you are, almost like a home.
To prolong the lifespan and usefulness of boxes, informative messages or ornate arabesque patterns reminiscent of precious carpets could be printed on the inside surfaces. An example could be the food parcels dropped in disaster areas; this unexploited space could be used to provide valuable information which, especially in those conditions, might be enormously helpful.

stairtread -Jan 07, 2014, 11:19PM
First time i heard about cardboard carpets. Good thought, I enjoy your post. Well done
Donnieboy -Oct 12, 2009, 5:18AM
Just wanted to drop you a line to say, I enjoy reading your site. I thought about starting a blog myself but don't have the time. Oh well maybe one day....

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love stories

Camille from Kissing Knees Craft wants to invite all you creative fp girls to participate in a project she’s putting together. Share you love stories. Ya gotta love something! check out her blog for the info…

Michelle Jackson -Oct 25, 2012, 9:31AM
thanks for leting me get that out!
Michelle Jackson -Oct 25, 2012, 9:30AM
I fell in love with a guy named Tyler, he has been my friend for about five years. Veronica, Tyer, and i were walking down the hallway when tyler said the most outrageous thing; he said that he thought that i thought that he couldn't stop talking about me. I cried and ran from him the rest of the day. the next day i write a note to him telling him that what he said was very rude and i slipped up and accidentaly told him i liked him, and he said the feeling was mutual!! We are STILL going out and it was over 2 years ago!!

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new york photos

I know we never posted the photos from our newest, largest store in New York City, so here you go!

fpgirl -Jan 25, 2008, 12:19AM
So here is the advice from our display team regarding the sequined canvases. For our proto, our designer actually hand sewed each sequin on by hand, and then left a space for the screen printed flower applique. She does not recommend doing that yourself! Luren suggests going to a fabric store and buying a small amount of sequined fabric, maybe the stretchy variety. This could be a little expensive, so another great alternative would be to find some sequined wonder of a dress at a thrift store for a couple of dollars. That way you would be recycling material and not spending much $$. The fabric can them be fixed onto a frame of canvas stretchers and decorated as you like. Hope that helps! If you end up making the project, you should send me the photos and I'll post them on the blog! Just leave your email address in a comment and I will get in touch. happy crafting!
fpgirl -Jan 24, 2008, 11:30AM
Hey heart FP. I'm going to see if the display team can give you some advice. I know that one of our designers handmade the proto and then they had the rest made in India. I'll get back to you soon.

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Today the Free People design team received the sales samples for the end of summer and fall. This is the first time the designers see their creations as they will look when you see them at the store. This is after a long process of hand made samples, drawings, fittings and revisions. Still ahead there will be meetings with even more revisions and changes to get down to the most amazing pieces for the final line. Hope you like them just as much as our designers do when they hit the stores!

Arin Michelle -Jan 28, 2008, 10:40PM
Thank you very much for taking time out of your ultra busy schedule to reply! It honestly is a little fantasy of mine, I won't be heart broken if the designers can't fit it in. I just love their styles. Thank you very much!
fpgirl -Jan 24, 2008, 11:24AM
Hi Arin, I'm going to pass along your info to the design team and see if there is anyone interested in designing a wedding dress. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I'm sure you know that our designers are extremely busy so please don't be too upset if no one is able to take on your project. xxofpgirl

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folkloric tin

I spotted Melanie Tomlinson’s work on designers block. She does these incredible printed tin tableaux. Check out her explanation of her work, and read more on craft2eu
Running through my work like threads, are themes from folklore. These allow me to step into another world, to explore the world of the unfamiliar and transform its stories and symbols. The themes and messages in folktales transcend time and culture and are still relevant to our own experiences.
Some of the tableaux are automated with the movement hidden inside the piece and some are static. I like the element of surprise that happens when you discover a small handle, that when turned brings the piece to life. Many of the tableaux sit on top of a box which has a printed interior. The boxes are not obvious at first, but when discovered, can become secret hiding places for personal artefacts.

peter -Jun 02, 2008, 4:48PM
wow. thanks for posting. these craft2eu guys from germany are such a good place to support. they just know whats going on

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I was looking through what’s new on and realized this cami reminds me of the doily chair from the last post! The idea of combining something with such history and delicacy and intricacy like this beautiful lace or a crocheted doily and combining it with something completely simple and modern, like a simple ribbed tank (or walnut chair). Check out the fp lace cami in more colors…

Amber -Jan 04, 2008, 12:20PM
This is SO cute, it also reminds me of the doily chair! I agree with Jess in wishing it was summer! I'm in Maine, and it's -18 degrees Fahrenheit :( Good work FP!
TokyoBunnie -Jan 03, 2008, 2:48PM
Oooh this is gorgeous!!!

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doily chair

I just had to post Tara Murray’s doily chair. Free People is always attracted to the modernization of old crafts, and Tara’s work explores that concept. Here’s a bit about the chair from her website
The Doily Chair was an exploration in designing a new furniture piece utilizing an outdated object. The new composite linen doily has found its home supported on a wide walnut chair frame. The recontextualized doily provokes images of grannies and formal parlours of the past yet maintains its contemporary proportions and usage. The Doily Chair is a project from the thesis work on attachment and thus employs the six developed Design Tools to Encourage Emotional Attachment.

Diane Edwards -Jul 12, 2013, 4:28PM
I love the chair at Bloomingdales. Would love to buy it. Low - made for short people
jon -Jan 03, 2008, 12:16PM
this is really beautiful

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Hope everyone had amazing holidays! The holidays may be over, but there is still a new year coming. We’ve made some changes to the website and the blog this year, opened new stores and extended our product line in addition to lots of tiny changes. We want to keep improving!
Last year I asked you all for suggestions on what you would like to see from Free People in the new year, and we got a lot of really amazing ideas. So I’ll ask you again. Do you have any ideas to improve Free People? The website, the stores, the blog, the product, the catalogs? What would you love to see in 2008???

donna murphy -Dec 17, 2012, 2:56PM
You need to include in the decription if the item runs small or large. I am trying to purchase your Battenburg ivory lace shorts on sale for $29.95 and I've spent hours attempting to locate a review on the internet on them, to no avail. My daughter is a size 1, yet you only have 0 and 2. I also can't figure out whitch one she falls into. It would be help to explain.
Sarah -Jan 22, 2008, 12:24AM
I too would like to see Free People become more environmentally concious. I think it would be great if more recycled materials could be used in the products, no pvcs and more organic cotton. Advertising these sort of things with the products would be fantastic (especially if this is already happening). Perhaps each product could have a footprint chronicle, which would detail the ways in which the product reduced its environmental impact.

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new video page

Did you notice our new “video” button? The Caravan of Curiosities is now the place to check out Free People catalog videos. We have all the past videos posted since May, in case you missed any…

Liz -Jan 11, 2008, 5:57AM
What's the name of the song used in the December catalogue video? So pretty

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Our graphic designers made these pretty gift tags as a gift for you. Download here and print out for your own gifts!

Agen Judi Bola -Nov 25, 2013, 10:51PM
Thanks.. i've just download it :) its awesome :)
Jane -Jan 23, 2013, 9:43PM
Thanks so much for sharing these cuties!

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met fashion blog

Yesterday, a special exhibition opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art called “blog.mode: addressing fashion” Here’s a bit about the exhibit…
As a living art form, fashion is open to multiple readings. A vibrant reflection of contemporary culture, fashion especially in its most avant-garde expressions affects us through its intense visual impact. blog.mode: addressing fashion is the first in a series of shows designed to promote critical and creative dialogues about fashion. The exhibition presents some forty costumes and accessories dating from the eighteenth century to the present all recent Metropolitan Museum acquisitions and invites visitors to share their reactions online or from a “blogbar” of computer terminals in the exhibition galleries.
check out the blog!

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