all the small things

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These incredible works of art are real, and so so tiny! Willard Wigan of the UK carves grains of rice or sugar into his miniature-sized sculptures, and then uses a hair from the back of a housefly to paint them! When they are on display in a gallery, each of his works has a microscope so you can see them – but when Willard works on them, he does so with the naked eye! I can’t even imagine, since most of his work is on the head of a pin or the eye of needle! I found a really cool video interview with him on Metacafe that you should have a look at; I posted it below!
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Micro Art

Jessica -Jan 26, 2009, 9:58PM
I love the Peter Pan piece on what can be perceived as a hook. very sharp.
Liz -Jan 26, 2009, 9:13PM
I LOVE that the Peter Pan figures are on a hook. :]

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Give our newest playlist a spin! We think you’ll really like it!
We are trying another playlist program, Playlist.com, and so far we really like it a lot! The playlists are for you though, so please tell us what you guys think!
Also, you should check out our Playlist.com profile. You can follow us and our playlists there, kind of like on Twitter!

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I can’t imagine how much time it must take Stephanie Metz to felt wool into these amazing sculptures! The teddy bear skull at the bottom is part of an interesting set she did called Teddy Bear Natural History, which seriously looks like a museum exhibit!

Sara -Jan 27, 2009, 1:47PM
this is so cool! i want the dog in the middle!

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Valentine’s Day is closer than you think, and to get in the spirit, we have put together a little contest for you!
It’s my pleasure to announce Free People’s Best or Worst Date Ever Video Contest!
What was the worst date you have ever had? How about the best? Tell us about it for a chance to win a Free People Valentine Goody Box, including some cute Free People intimates wear and many other treats!
Make a little video in which you tell us about the best or worst date you ever had. What was so awful or so great about it? Why was it your worst or best date ever?
To get your wheels turning, we made a little video of our own worst and best dates! Check it out above, it’s really cute!
A few requirements for entries:
-You must be 18 or older to enter, and you must be a United States resident.
-Only one entry per person.
-Videos must be 3 minutes or less.
-Videos should not have music in them. Unless you are singing unaccompanied. ;)
-Please do not mention the real name or nickname of your date. Don’t show pictures of your date either!
-No offensive, lewd language or stories please! Keep it classy.
-Only you should appear in the video.
-Videos emailed to us as attachments must be in .mov or .avi format, and be no larger than 10MB.
Videos will be judged based on their relevance to the question at hand and their creativity in telling the story, at 40% each. They will also be judged a tiny little bit on humor and production quality, at 10% each.
The video with the highest score wins you a Free People Valentine Goody Box, worth approximately 100$! Who needs a good valentine when you have your FP goody box?!
How to submit:
There are three ways to enter your video in the contest:
1- Upload your finished video to YouTube or Vimeo and email a link to your video to freepeoplecontest@gmail.com.
2- Email your video as an attachment to freepeoplecontest@gmail.com. All videos emailed as attachments must be in .mov or .avi format, and must be no larger than 10MB.
3- Send a DVD of your video to:
Pruitt Shutt
5000 S. Broad Street Bldg. #15
Philadelphia, PA 19112
All entries, regardless of method of entry, must include your name, address, phone number, email address, age and whether your date is a “best” one or a “worst” one!
The contest ends on February 2nd, 2009! That means we must receive all online entries by 11:59pm on February 2nd, and all mail-in entries must be mailed by February 2nd as well! Mail-in entries must be received by February 11th.
We will announce the winner on Valentine’s Day!
Before you enter, make sure to also read the Official Rules, since when you enter you agree to be bound by them!
And if you’re not in the mood to compete for a prize, stay tuned as we will be starting our Valentine’s Day Craft Swap! Hooray! And good luck!

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How about these cool wire sculptures? I’m really impressed by them. They are the skilled work of Polly Verity, who makes them using wire, tissue paper, and occasionally some folded regular paper. Her site has photos of a lot of her work, including some life-sized wearable paper dresses, which are pretty cool. I’d rather have that unicorn mask though, or maybe some wire shoes! They look almost like glass slippers…

carissa -Jan 26, 2009, 9:23AM
these are pretty amazing too!! I found them while randomly looking around etsy.com http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5012764

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Something about these pictures is really interesting to me. They are from a set by Catherine Wagner called Homage to the Light Bulb. I really like the way all the light bulbs look together – I wonder though, how does one find all those different bulbs?
Via BlackWhiteYellow.

pretty paper creations

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Lately I’ve been feeling really inspired by the work of UK artist Jennifer Collier. Her favorite medium to work with is paper, and she makes all sorts of things with it, as you can see above. I needed the reminder of how many things you can do with paper! I especially love the hair clip at the top- it’s so pretty and unique! I’m wondering where she finds all her neat vintage paper though- like the paper used for the tie – wow! You can see a whole online gallery of her work on her website. Check it out for more paper inspiration!

shoe jeans

Does getting dressed in the morning just take toooo long? Think about how much more you could get done if you didn’t have to put shoes on? This must have been what Sebastian Errazuriz was thinking when he designed these Converse jeans.
Sebastian has done some other clever playful fashion interpretations. I think the belt of buckles is pretty cool, and the LEGO helmut is definitley genius!
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found via refinery 29

distress those jeans

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Nikki at our NY showroom got a million compliments on these jeans last week, to which she replied, “Thanks, I made them myself!”
Everyone was was so impressed and needed to know how, and I thought you might like to know too. Nikki used a pair of thrift store $10 jeans, but you can use any old jeans that fit you well. This is what else you need:
A cheese grater
Scissors
Bleach
Scrub brush
It’s so simple here are the steps:
1. Pour some bleach where you desire to have to denim to be washed out looking (you will most likely have to pour it on several times to get the desiered wash and affect) Take the scrub brush and scrub the bleach into the thighs and the knees to make them more worn and lighter.
2. Lay them out in the sun to dry if you can
3. They’ll look a little different once they’re dry, so make sure denim is the desired wash. If not repeat steps 1 and 2
4. On dry denim take cheese grater and run up and down legs of the jeans… this will wear away the denim making them softer and more distressed looking!!
5. Take the scissor and use it to make holes in upper thighs, pockets and knees.
6. Repeat distressing with cheese grater and scissors until desired effect is reached!

Angela Gispert -Jan 28, 2009, 1:05PM
I did this on a pair of old jean shorts and it came out great! Check out my blog for pics.
Catherine -Jan 27, 2009, 5:58PM
So trying out that technique!! Thnx for the idea!

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What is your job here at FP?
assistant art director – which means doing a little of a lot… but a lot of video & a lot of listening.
What is your current state of mind?
contemplative. peaceful. hopeful.
Who are your heroes?
my mom & dad. underdogs… olivier dahan for making “la vie en rose.”
If you could choose what to come back to life as, what would you be?
a suitcase, so i could travel the world for free. actually, i’d have to pay $15 now, huh? maybe i’d come back as a wolf.
What or who is your greatest love?
I ♥ my dog & cats. but my greatest ♥ is love itself.
Name one thing necessary to your happiness.
laughter.
What do you hate most?
i don’t hate anything. maybe double-negatives… bad grammar… bad drivers… tarantulas…
What would the name of your band be and what genre? What instrument do you play in this band?
i’ve got several… though we never actually write songs or anything. i am usually the drummer in all, however.
What color are you?
today? very blue.
What is your motto?
regret nothing.

sally -Jan 26, 2009, 3:24PM
she's really pretty!
katiehov -Jan 25, 2009, 4:40PM
my friend Bunny has the same writing. i like it.

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cloudy


I recently found this video of Simon & Garfunkel’s Cloudy on YouTube. I just love it, it’s so relaxing and mellow! I think it’s a clip from an old TV show, rather than a music video… I never had seen it before! Enjoy!

fpkate -Jan 23, 2009, 5:17PM
Oh my goodness I *love* this song. Perfect Sunday morning music.

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These are real!
Viewed from one angle you see this…

But from just the right angle you see this…

And so on…
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They’re so amazing! I can’t imagine all the work involved to figure out exactly where to place each part of the design! Check out Felice’s website for more.
Via Fraiing.

Lucy -Jan 23, 2009, 10:03PM
Wow! That is truly amazing. It's great to see such a talented individual make art accessible to everyone!
olive -Jan 23, 2009, 1:12PM
This is by far one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Aside from those 3D sidewalk chalk designs. http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2008/05/18/3d-sidewalk-chalk-art/

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