holiday season is in full swing here at the navy yard…i went over to building 543, where our cafeteria is located, and found some people decorating gingerbread cookies…
543 is getting all decked out for the holidays…the decorations look lovely…
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the theme for our december catalog (shot in california) was road tripping up the coast from los angeles to san francisco…which could not fit more perfectly with our first book club selection, on the road :)
to view the entire catalog, click here.
we have added 42 more countries to the list that we ship to! there are several new additions in asia and the caribbean, as well as some in the middle east and africa…to view the full list of countries we ship to, or to shop in your country’s currency, click here!
for more info on international shipping click here.
have you seen our new november catalog? it’s so pretty and full of light…
the inspiration behind this catalog, with the holidays quickly approaching, was the play of light and color in the images. i like it because instead of feeling dark and cold like a lot of holiday stuff, it feels very warm and soft.
to get these cool effects they strung christmas lights in front of the camera…something i might have to try.
you can view the entire catalog here.
the other day i posted some ideas for decorating pumpkins that don’t involve carving, and one of our readers sent these photos of some awesome painted pumpkins that i just had to share…read jennifer’s comment and check out the pumpkins below!
for the past 5 years I’ve been painting pumpkins for andy’s pumpkin express. myself and about 20 other artists from the state paint the pumpkins and they get sold at the event in brick NJ. 100% of the proceeds go to the diabetes fund. pumpkins are done in acrylic paint. every artist there has a specialty pretty much; theres landscape painters, portrait painters ect. i’m more of the animals/movie poster painter, and every year i do another led zeppelin pumpkin.
thanks for sharing jennifer, your pumpkins rock! especially the led zeppelin one :)
check out the website, www.pumpkinexpress.org.
the story is really moving…jamie hewlett, the artist behind gorillaz (who rock), recently traveled to bangladesh with oxfam and visited the island of char atra, where climate change has caused flooding that is affecting the daily life of the people who live there.
not only have families had to raise their homes above water on stilts, but some have lost children to the floods, and some kids in the area have to swim to school with their books on their heads due to flooding. visit the oxfam site for more info.
hewlett was inspired to record what he saw in a series of paintings that capture both the difficulty of their situation as well as the resilience of the people…can you imagine having to spend part of your day literally up a tree, for safety?
here are some of the paintings, and the explanations behind them…
“this is the river erosion, showing how the bank has almost been sliced away. you can see the men folk looking at us on our boat – watching us quizzically as to who we are.”
“this shows the kids up in the trees, which for many of them is the safest place to go during the floods – gathering some food rations to keep them going and climbing up, staying there for as long as they can.”
“this is in dhaka where most people’s transport is the rickshaw. it seemed the right thing to draw really, cycling through the floods. of course, there weren’t floods there then – artistic license.”
i think they’re beautiful in their simplicity. i especially like his use of materials…as he explains, “i liked the idea of putting the paintings on paper and envelopes that were a bit dog-eared, as if they had been dropped in a puddle.”
the paintings are on display as part of a free exhibit on climate change taking place now through october 31 at the dray walk gallery at the truman brewery in london, and are available for purchase through oxfam, with proceeds going towards continuing their work in bangladesh.
i love the new gateway image on our website for fall florals…so pretty.
created by our very talented graphic designers :)
check it out on the website here.
if you’re a fan of jack kerouac, a new documentary came out today called one fast move or i’m gone, which focuses on the phase of kerouac’s life chronicled in the novel big sur. one of my favorite jack kerouac books, it is set mostly in a cabin owned by lawrence ferlinghetti in the scenic section of the northern california coast called big sur. kerouac stayed in the cabin for several weeks as he struggled with alcoholism and depression after publishing his famous novel on the road. the documentary tells the stories behind big sur through voice-overs paired with high-def imagery and interviews with people who knew kerouac or were influenced by his work, including ferlinghetti, tom waits and patti smith.
bixby bridge at big sur, which kerouac wrote about in the novel. i was lucky enough to go there and it’s incredible.
click here for a list of theaters where the film is playing.
we love hearing from our fans and readers, and we’d like to give you all a chance to share your passion and creativity with us. we’ve created a free people flickr page where we will post pictures from around the office as well as images that inspire us, and we want you to share your images with us as well! check out the new page here.
furthermore, in a new feature on the blog called fp photo hunt, we will introduce a new theme or subject and invite you to send us a photo displaying that theme/subject in a fun and creative way. our favorites will be selected at the end of the week and posted on the blog the following monday.
this week…what is the strangest object in your home?
this is by far the weirdest thing in my apartment.
crazy good news today…free people has added 33…33!!!….new countries to the list of places we can deliver to!
new additions include japan, south korea, mexico, south america, central america and some caribbean locations…see the full list here.