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cardboard carpets

wendyplomp.jpgBloesem. 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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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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fp in nyc!

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The new Free People store in NYC opens tomorrow! 79 5th Ave, right near Anthropologie (it’s right next to Coach on the opposite corner). More photos and info coming soon!

fpgirl -Dec 28, 2007, 12:27PM
Hi Lauren! The renderings are done by an architect, but there is an in-house team that works on all the store designs and concepts.
Lauren -Dec 28, 2007, 11:35AM
lovely! do you come up with store concepts (exterior vs. interior) in house or were these renderings by a architectural or design firm?

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crochet trees!

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We got some comments asking for more details of our giant crochet tree display. Here you go! This is the prototype tree our display team made in their workspace at the home office.
The visual team crochetters worked from the top down, starting with a styrofoam ball, crochetting around it and then down, connecting to big rings as we went. Then we crochetted garland to drape on the tree, and crochetted around little styrofoam balls to be “ornaments.” Then we had to chop the rings in quarters, folded the tree up, and sent it to india to be reproduced. As you can see from the pictures of the final one in the stores, they’re all a little different. But it looks great and is a wonderful handmade treasure.


Rose -Feb 15, 2010, 3:59PM
absolutely wonderful tree. we'll feature it!
fpgirl -Dec 12, 2007, 11:48PM
Hey Sara. I'll check with the display team and hopefully get back to you with an answer!!

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The November catalog is here, so check those mailboxes. You can view it online and be sure to check out the “behind the scenes” video from our trip to India.Read More

katie -Nov 11, 2007, 11:25PM
Love fp catalogs...everytime! How can someone get involved assisting (in any capacity) on the fp photo shoots?! thanks heaps :)
sabine brandt -Nov 10, 2007, 9:04AM
· { I really like that artwork on the new catalog } ·

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Our November catalog drops this week! Our inspiration was based on Tibet. Read More

black hattitude -Oct 29, 2009, 9:46PM
Hi, thanks for the great quality of your blog, each time i come here, i'm amazed.
Thimblescratch -Dec 04, 2007, 6:38PM
When I saw the Tibet catalogue and the clear inspiration for the clothing, it was very inspiring and beautiful. Some of the models looked like they did not enjoy being there but the beauty of the area and the environment spoke volumes and I must say it did complement the clothes beautifully. The most beautiful picture of all was the Tibetan man wearing a scarf. The model looks almost cringing but I won't let that detract from the image. The man shines so beautifully, so radiantly, I was taken aback in amazement. The photo of him really struck a chord with me, and brought tears of joy to my eyes. I think that is the most beautiful page in the book. Every time I look at his smile, I feel completely inspired by his beauty. It makes me wish you would have included some information about the plight Tibet's people are facing. In this country awareness is lacking and in fact UNawareness is a disease. The beauty of Tibet in the pages of your catalogue would have been even more inspired if you would enlighten the casual viewer of the seriousness the country is facing. The comments received here are showing the desperation of those who are aware with Tibet's plight. In any case, thank you for a deep, gorgeous, and thought-provoking collection. Peace, Thimblescratch Handmade Clothing

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candace ang

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We would like to share a little background info about one of our favorite jewelry designers, Candace Ang.Read More

Linda Zweygberg -May 01, 2009, 2:56PM
Hi there! O love your blog (: I can see that you lika Candace Ang, and so do we! Check out our blog-posting her jewelry and a interview with her! a great day!' // Linda
Jennifer -Oct 27, 2007, 2:24AM
OH WOW - I really love this designer! I have been seeing her work around alot in magazines and's really cool to see it here and that you guys support young, fresh talent!

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string doll gang

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Check out these incredible key chains we have, just in time for Halloween! And the String Doll Gang has powers.Read More

gigi -Jan 22, 2013, 5:38PM
soooooooooooooooooo cute but how do you make them
mcfaffle -Aug 03, 2012, 5:23PM
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute

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Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Free People blog!!! Happy Birthday to us! Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and sharing. I’m so excited for another year and all the improvements we plan to make for our Free People community. Thank you all for being a part of it.

Jess -Oct 26, 2007, 4:52PM
Happy Birthday Free People!!!!! I don't know what I would do without this inspiration blog! Thanks for being you, Free People!! xx
Katie -Oct 19, 2007, 12:20PM
Happy Birthday, Free People! I Happy Birthday, Free People! I <3 Free People :)

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