June 28, 2010

spring - summer 2011

You have probably noticed that I have been away for a few days. I wish I had been on holiday, but instead I have been working on my spring-summer 2011 collection to have it ready next week.
Finishing details, trimmings, flowers, buttons.... then photos, banners, adhesives... then SHOWTIME!!!!

I will be showing the collection at Playtime New York from July 31 - August 2.

June 23, 2010

some things that caught my eye

During my trip to Sucre and Potosi last weekend, I took a lot of random photos of colonial wooden doors with fabulous nail studs, locks, keys, aguayos and silver jewelry I thought would be nice to share with you.

June 22, 2010

a day in Potosi

On Sunday we visited Potosi. I was very excited because after almost 10 years living in Bolivia {on and off} I was finally going to visit this beautiful city of which I have heard and read so much. It is a two and a half hour drive from Sucre so we went on a day tour.

Potosi was the largest city in the Western Hemisphere during the colonial era, it was also the most populated city in the world. The "Cerro Rico" was mined for silver and tin for over 500 years. The silver mines found in Potosi are the largest ever found in the Western Hemisphere. They became a major commercial hub of the Spanish colonies and resulted in the colonization of the entire stretch between Cuzco, Peru and Potosi, Bolivia.

Mendez Bridge - the limit between Potosi and Chiquisaca
Cerro Rico in the back of the photo

To this day, Potosi still sits on a tremendous treasure in the form of magnificent architecture and history. The city is well known for its cultural content and beautiful paintings. On December 11, 1987, UNESCO declared Potosi a World Heritage Site for the richness of its history and architecture.

early morning arrival in Potosi... icicles and -5 C!

With an altitude of 4,090 meters above sea level, Potosi is a an amazing place to visit, it is the highest city in the world. With this altitude the climate often offers cool weather and sometimes freezing rain. We wore our warmest clothes and still felt very cold in the early morning hours and especially inside the churches.

Potosi was once considered "the best place to live," where ornate cathedrals and mansions were built and the roads were said to be made of silver. Some of the wealthiest and most respected people in the world lived in Potosi. It was a colonial masterpiece.

Love this sign that tells you the altitude - 4,060 meters above sea level.

June 21, 2010

a weekend in Sucre {Bolivia}

Last Friday we traveled to Sucre for the weekend. I have not been to this beautiful city in more than six years. This time we stayed at the Parador de Santa Maria la Real, a charming boutique hotel that opened only four years ago and which is only one block away from the main square.

Metropolitan Cathedral

view of the Cathedral from our hotel

Sucre is also known as the White City, and its proud inhabitants consider it the most beautiful city in Bolivia. It was declared a Monument of the Americas and Patrimonio de la Humanidad (Patrimony of Humanity) by UNESCO.

unique way of displaying the map of tourist attractions posted on some of the
walls across the city center

hotel's central patio

wall decoration as one goes up to the second floor

guestroom balconies overlooking the central patio

exquisite decor at the lobby and lounge

A must visit is the Textile Museum - ASUR. It houses pieces of art in the form of textiles that provide a real insight into Bolivia's local cultures. In the collection from the Tarabuco culture, the artists would only weave images of what they knew - people working, animals and dancers.

Textile from Tarabuco displayed at the Museum

In addition to viewing textiles, you can also see artists at work using ancient
techniques of weaving.

June 17, 2010

fortune cookies

{ Inspired by my daughter's Chinese doll }
Today we decided to make Fortune Cookies. Daniela made the fortunes to go inside each cookie and then I made the batter, baked them and shaped each one.

June 15, 2010

j'aime mon travail

I cannot imagine myself doing something else. I love what I do!!! Sometimes creativity is not my partner and I get a bit depressed when things don't look like or turn out the way I thought they would. But I guess in this line of work it is how it is.

June 14, 2010

getting ready for a photo shoot

The winter light was just perfect on Saturday afternoon for the first photo shoot of my Spring-Summer 2011 children's line. I happen to have a couple of my new bags ready for the "aguayo" collection so I decided to try them out as well.
I went out with Daniel Mariscal and his colleague to a nearby construction site where we found an interesting setting to contrast against the local fabrics and trimmings.
Both the children's line and the accessories collection will be ready and online just before the New York shows at the end of July.

June 11, 2010

waka waka

images from opening ceremony

The day has come and it is time to enjoy the first World Cup on African soil. Four years waiting for this day. I don't usually watch much television, but this is an event that will keep me glued to it for four weeks. Luckily this time due to time difference we can enjoy it in the morning and still have the whole afternoon to get some work done. I've already told my family to schedule everything they need to do with me around the half-times and between games.
Back in '90 I watched the World Cup in Madrid where I was living at the time and where soccer is a national feast year round. Then in '94 I watched it sitting on the floor in the middle of the desert in Israel. In '98 I happily watched France win while living in Panama, and then for the last three World Cups I've been in Bolivia where there is a large Brazilian community, so the Verde-Amarela or Samba Kings are widely and loudly cheered.
This time Costa Rica did not make it to the World Cup so I will be cheering for South Africa and Spain.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Time to waka everyone!!!!! Go Bafana Bafana!!!!

images from opening ceremony

(images via yahoo news)

June 10, 2010

made today

Today I made bags and a doll with the fabric I printed on Sunday. The Chinese doll is filled with cotton yarn that makes it heavier so it can stand.

light blue flowers on organic cotton fabric

Daniela wants to fill the bags with fortune cookies....

June 9, 2010

alla checca

Today I made pasta alla checca. An uncooked sauce of tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, mozzarella cheese, red wine vinegar and salt. You just have to cook the pasta. It is always better to make the sauce a few hours in advance so the flavors can fully develop.

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