A link to the pictures of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plwpR7vjY4g
One of my beautiful model Marija, have a dear friend who owns a truck company, he donated a trailer to make it easy for me to stock the items and will be willing to drive it down to Florida to be shipped to Haiti. The trailer is located in Jersey City for those who would like to donate and live int he neighborhood of NJ. I feel very lucky and want to say thanks to Marija and her friend. Also Marija is collecting items from friends and family as well, just to give me a hand, show her support in the effort.
Pauline, my dear friend donated a case of 64 emergency water packet, Artists, designers in my building donated can of foods and we also received some clothes.
Feel very lucky to have great people like them in my life.
Pictures and TV interview will upload later.
NY FASHION WEEK.
A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the Nolcha Fashion Group and offered the opportunity to participate this year in Nolcha Independent Designers presentation. So I have been working like crazy, slept 4 nights in a row in my studio on top of my cutting table, working 19 hours a day, sleep only 3 to 4 hours a day but still going and don't want to give up because I want my participation in Fashion week to mean something, I want to use it for a cause close to my heart. I decided to use/donate 50% of any order I will get to build an art/design school in Haiti to help the youth, an opportunity to express themselves and use their talents. Since Art is practically made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions, a vehicle for the expression or communication of ideas, a means for exploring and appreciating, an art school at home in my mother home town will mean a lot and will help a whole lot.
It is going to be a very long process. It means of course working harder so I can make more sells and create more events. After what my country, family, friends have been through and most of all the young ones this will be a great opportunity more than ever to do something positive and offer an helping hand. As I said in my interviews " it is a way to pay back and to offer to those who don't have anything, support and hope".
I am planning to be in Haiti by the end of March hopefully, will be traveling with some friends some of them from Haiti who either lost family members, their houses or just want to go and help.
The links to the interviews for the past couple of weeks are below:
Monday January 25th with WNBC Channel 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcQEeKMtQyQ
Friday February 5th with WPIX channel 11: http://weblogs.wpix.com/news/local/morningnews/blogs/2010/02/international_design_spotlight.html
If you know of any organizations would like to help and support please share.