I came to meet so many wonderful people, received so much support it has just been purely greenly wonderful. You keep me going in this hard and tough economy.
2011 have been a rocking year.
1- I was invited to do a presentation and be a Sustainable speaker at GFA- Green Farm Academy in Westport, CT. The students were awesome (age group range from 6 to 16 years old), the parents were amazing and some of them became clients. Thank you.
|Art class 1, products presentation.|
|In the auditorium with the young ones. They had a lot of questions!|
2- Big Brother, Big sister Sunday workshop at HIMANE studio.
It is a pleasure to gather other artists at the studio so we can teach kids about recycling and sewing.Thank you Guys!
|Making your own pencil holder, using magazines cut out and cans.|
|Teaching about sewing.|
|How to thread a sewing machine. (Smart girl)|
|At the end I received a beautiful cut out card, a big "I love you Catherine" and a big Hug. Priceless!|
4- I was commissioned to work with the NYC Department of Aging to conduct workshops for women 55 and older on:
How to take care of your clothes naturally in a tough economy and How to Recycle your closet.
5- Special Recognition Award for my INNOVATIVE & EXCEPTIONAL CREATIVITY from the European Union Women Inventors & Innovators Network (EUWIIN) in Iceland.
|At the Award Reception Blue lagoon, Reykjavik Iceland|
|The President of Iceland, welcoming all women from all over. First Day Conference|
|Two great women I came to meet in Iceland.|
|The day of the eco Fashion presentation at the New Harpa in Iceland. My outfit was made from men khaki pants and an old blazer.|
7- Copywriter-songwriter-performer Mrs. Carla R. Fisher commissioned me to do some upcycle work for her and her family. The story here if you missed it a couple of weeks ago: http://saidandsung.com/operations/an-upcycled-unforgettable-thanksmas/
See also http://himanerad.blogspot.com/2011/12/upcycled-unforgettable-thanksmas-q.html
8- The interview on Oprah Magazine: http://www.oprah.com/blogs/Rainy-Day-Woman-The-Designer-Who-Gives-New-Life-to-Old-Umbrellas#comments
9- The interview with Global Cristian Post: http://global.christianpost.com/news/oprah-winfrey-to-become-haitis-goodwill-ambassador-64780/
10- For those of you who speak Italian: http://laborsadelriciclo.blogspot.com/2011/12/piove-apriamo-una-borsa.html#comment-form
11- The supporters.
During the Sustainable speaker series this past Summer to which I was a participant, I was fortunate to meet a great wonderful woman, and a lawyer, Ms. Aliza S. F. This wonderful woman for the past 2 months have been collected umbrellas in the streets of Manhattan while going to work or on her way home. She was so surprised when I told her that the total of umbrellas so far she had collected and sent to me was 226. Just amazing! Thank you so much one hundred times more for the great support.
Thank you to a young lady, student at John Jay University, Ms. Justyna M. who also collected over 15 umbrellas.
Thank you to two wonderful students from NYU for their package. They collected 25 umbrellas.
Just this week, Tuesday morning I received a phone call from another young woman from Manhattan. She told me how much she appreciate my work and what I am doing with those discarded umbrellas. She also has been collected umbrellas since she came across my work and will be sending a package next week.
Thank you to V. and M. physicians for their support.
Saying THANK YOU to all of you, I feel definitely that it is not enough, offering a bag as a small token to show my appreciation to your devotion also will never be enough. But nonetheless, I will say it again and again and again "THANK YOU, THANK YOU" from the bottom of my heart.
Funny, I remember like it was yesterday but really it is almost 7 years now when I first started using discarded umbrellas. I never knew we will be here today. I so love and appreciate the support from each and everyone of you.
Another Thank you to a wonderful woman, a very good client for over 3 years now, Mrs. Judith L. This beautiful lady have been supporting me since the day her husband surprised her in my studio with the Odray dress (the umbrella cocktail dress). Not only she loves every design of HIMANE, but she also took the time to introduce the products to her entourage, by hosting private sales event at her beautiful home. Thank you, without your help 2011 would have never be the year it was starting by your support to my trip in Iceland. Thank you.
TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU: CLIENTS, SUPPORTERS, FRIENDS AND OTHER, THANK YOU AND FIRST OF ALL THANKS TO MY BEAUTIFUL MOM, THE LOVELY HIMANE WHOM I MISSED SO MUCH. NOT A DAY GOES BY WITHOUT ME THINKING ABOUT HER! I SO WOULD HAVE LOVED FOR HER TO BE HERE NOW.
HAPPY HEALTHY GREENLY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL, MAY 2012 BE EVERYTHING 2011 WAS NOT AND THEN MORE. SEE YOU IN 2012