Joy Feasley

I love this painting by Joy Feasley. Doesn’t she look like she’s dressed in FP? Those are definitely our woolly mittens. The painting is called Midnight Sun. You can see Joy’s work in Philadelphia beginning this Friday. Here’s a bit from the press release:
“Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Joy Feasley. The exhibition will be on view June 6 through July 12, 2008. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, June 6, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
For this exhibition, Feasley has continued to create the work for which she is known – paintings that integrate landscape, abstraction, pattern and decoration, folk art and figurative imagery. Feasley uses a bold and flat color palate to help define her intimately-scaled paintings. Her paintings suggests the landscape experienced outide cities – remote forests and mountaintops. The works also retain a sense of place, at times referencing the Hudson River School, and on occasion reflecting actual locations such her home in Philadelphia, or scenic California, where she often takes residency to paint.”
Check out more info at the Locks Gallery.
Found on artblog.

Meagn -Jun 04, 2008, 3:03PM
I love this painting!

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Suffice it to say I am obsessed with our V Neck Embellished Belt Top!
I did a bit of investigating and found that the pretty little shapely shell is the creation of our knit designer Melissa. The awesome embroidered belt was produced by Kris, who we recently featured in an employee profile. She found a printed vintage dress, and cut off a strip of it and sewed it over top of a belt. After that, she carefully sewed over the print to create the embroidery, and presto – the prototype for the belt was born!

Megan -Jun 03, 2008, 2:49PM
I love this vest SO much more now!!!

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I confess, I am somewhat hesitant to post the following video, for a few reasons. It’s not the highest quality video we’ve taken here at Free People, and also, I don’t want to be too self-promoting. However, I have had much encouragement from everyone at the home office to post it up, as everyone here finds it pretty hilarious – and it is kind of funny…
So here it is, me, very nervously getting myself ready for my interview at Free People trying to get the internship I have now. Cutting up one of the shirts I made and putting some finishing touches on it is my big sister Doub.

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Bill Bartmann -Sep 02, 2009, 9:53AM
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Georgie is the dog of Doub, who is the Senior Designer for knits and pants and the Creative Director.
Name: Georgie
Nicknames: gorgeous georges, georgie georgie puddin in pie
Breed: frenchie
Likes: to secretly go to web shoot shh! don’t tell anyone
Dislikes: the rule about no dogs at web shoots
Favorite friends: Stella her big sis of course and the web team
How did you meet? we met on the internet
Anything else you want to share? georgie likes to do imitations of Yoda. She is very talented and is considering a voiceover career since her web shoot modeling career ended quite abruptly.

prace maturalne -Oct 18, 2011, 2:22PM
Really awesome.
dez -Jun 06, 2008, 3:48PM
she is so adorable! She reminds me of Stitch from Lilo & Stitch :)

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*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.

stephanie -Sep 10, 2009, 6:04PM
Hi Dana, Where did you go to school and what was your major? I'm studying design in New York City right now and I am love free people and would love to have a job like yours!!
DEZ -May 27, 2008, 2:47PM
I'm from Seattle too! I love it hear and can't wait for F.P to come so I can take my shot at working for you guys. Glad to hear someone local is livin the dream :)

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Sew Kewl

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…

DIY jewelry

I love this video Nylon did with Lula Frost! Learn to make beautiful jewelry from vintage pieces.

map dresses

Chelsea girl,© Elisabeth Lecourt, Photo: © onepom/London

Reglisses roulees,© Elisabeth Lecourt [year], Photo: © onepom/London [year]
I discovered these works of art over on labour of heart. These paper map dresses are crafted by French artist Elisabeth Lecourt. She has made over 60 garments from cut up maps (each garment represents only one region) folding and ironing them to beauty. Check out her site for more info.

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!)

-May 23, 2008, 3:29PM
Wow! That tree includes all of the people who work in the stores too?! cool!
Jehanna -May 19, 2008, 1:51PM
Hi, I just have to say that I love your blog! So much inspiration! Thanks for that!

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helen musselwhite

I wanted to share this profile of artist Helen Musselwhite found on if it’s hip, it’s here. The UK artist makes these amazing paper sculptures of all kinds of creatures and fantastical environments. Here are a few of my favorites. See more at Helen’s web site.

janice -May 16, 2008, 11:10AM
Would you be able to archive all of the free people catalogs to view? They are all so beautiful and inspiring! I'd love to see some of the very first free people catalogs :)
pruittfpgirl -May 16, 2008, 10:38AM
i love all the circular-ness

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This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Kris Chau, Assistant Knit Designer!
Aside from being a very talented designer, she is also a talented illustrator.
And a very charming and fun woman! I’ll let the video speak for itself,
and below find just a few of her illustrations. You can see many more of them
at her website.

Also, as promised, a few pictures of her exciting show in Los Angeles!

kristy -May 15, 2008, 10:49PM
wow i really like the second drawing (:
heatha -May 15, 2008, 10:31PM
wow! chau is rocking out today! i opened up the latest issue of Bust (that arrived in the mail shortly after i read this blog entry)and one of her illustrations is on page 42.

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