EMILIANO & JAEHEE
emiliano@lacasapark.com  917 406 2854
jaehee@lacasapark.com  917 373 1548
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Emi and I hit beautiful North Beach every morning for miles of Run and thousands of strokes Swimming in crystal clear crisp Ocean.  Totally discovering beautiful North Beach of Miami.

There is Art in Everything.

VivA MiaMi Art BaSel!

IMG_6201Me and Director of Fashion Design Department, Alida Leon in the center surrounded by bright future stars at Altos de Chavon School of Design.

Over the Thanksgiving week, I was invited to give 3 day lecture and workshop for 19 very talented Fashion Design major students at Altos de Chavon School of Design in Dominican Republic. What an wonderful opportunity for me to give back and be inspired again!!  I like to specially thank to my friend and wonderful Professor Miss Alida Leon in behalf of Altos De Chavon for inviting me as her very first guest speaker for her department. The Lecture was a Power course of Introduction to Cut and Sew Knits and Sweater Knit. The Cut and Sew Knit and Sweater Knit are maybe the most important categories financially to any brand in Fashion Industry world wide and also needless to say an epitome to anyone and everyone’s wardrobe on any given day.

Unless you travel all the way to Europe, it is true that not many schools or possibly No Fashion schools in US offers specialized major degree program in Cut and Sew knit or Sweater knit. Almost every designer in this area I know learned and still is learning designing knits doing the actual work at their current and past jobs. During my school year at FIT then, actually I was going to do 1 year Sweater knit major program at St. Martin School of Design in London followed right by my 2nd year exchange program through FYT NY at Polimoda Florence ,which actually did not happen as I met Emiliano but at least I was able to take special Sweater course for 1 full semester at Polimoda by traveling once a week to this Knitting studio located in Empoli about 20 minutes outside of Florence.  So Students at Altos de Chavon in such a hot climate to have this opportunity is surely an eye opening experience and I was thrilled to be there to feed all the knowledge that I was able to share from years of experience working in the industry.

IMG_5843A rustic and quaint view from the Guest House we are staying at Altos de Chavon.  Altos de Chavon is located in the heart of Casa de Campo in La Romana area in DR. Altos de Chavon is a small village built in 1970′s inspired by general architecture of Medieval European village. It is so well done, its hard to believe that this town is only built in 70′s!

IMG_5848We are going for an easy dinner and bit of night stroll at Altos de Chavon. I feel like I am in South of Italy here.

IMG_5851Passing by the Gallery. It will be open in the morning.

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IMG_5869The Best and Go to restaurant in Altos de Chavon. We are having a dinner here.

IMG_5870Gael snapping us. Just arrived and I look very tired coming out of many weeks of intense work back in NY. I am so glad Emi and Gael are with me during this trip and hope this will have a good influence on Gael especially. Teaching mom!

IMG_5887After dinner quick visit to School. Fine Art major students are working late hours to meet their deadline on group project.

IMG_5889Nothing like a roomful of fresh artists’ art. Ahhh I love this.

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IMG_5933Continuing Education!  Student Gael at Altos de Chavon with back ground of Incredible work of fashion design students. I can’t wait to meet them tomorrow!!!

IMG_5915Beautiful illustration of one student on the wall.

IMG_5916Beautiful hair she got! I love it!

IMG_5941The dorm. So rustic and So beautiful. All the talents live and work here.

IMG_5956Good morning Chavon! A beautiful day.

IMG_5957A view from the guest house.

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IMG_6095Early morning visit to an amphitheater.  This theater held quite a bit of heavy weight concerts.

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IMG_6322Look out to Chavon river.  It’s sssooo lush here with mountains and river.

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IMG_6073The piazza and the church.

IMG_6048The First day to School!

IMG_5992Walking into the campus. It’s very cute!

IMG_5974Day one talking through all the technical aspects of Knit fabrication, yarns, knitting terms, wash techniques, how to read and measure fabric weight, yarn weight and gauges, texture vs non texture… The list goes on and on. Hundreds of images of examples and inspiration from all around the world and my own travels… So much to talk about and learn.  9-5 full 3 days are going by fast.

IMG_5999Now talking about technical flats and showing how to illustrate stitches, cuts, shapes and drapes.

IMG_6005Now showing a Life of one sweater from a sketch to the final product.

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IMG_6051Day two. The Workshop and mentoring. The project outline is given at the end of day one and here we are together practicing rendering and sketching sweaters and building the line. 3 looks to complete from the top to bottom full outfit including cut and sew knits and sweater pieces with complete flat sketches and colored illustration showing full texture and stitches. Kids got only 24 hours to turn it around after 1 day of lecture. And day 3 is presentation of their collection and all day critique.

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IMG_6170A creative desk. I love it.

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IMG_5967Quick break outside but questions are pouring in.

IMG_6021A night check out of swimming pool. We had great early morning swims here looking out to Chavon river. Hope kids are doing all right and they will show up with fabulous work tomorrow.

IMG_6160Wow Kids!!! You guys are Super!!!  I guess This is Why You Teach. See what you harvest after you plant that seed. I mean only after 2 days of lecture to who never knew anything about knits and sweaters, I get this wonderful fruits back. I get teary. Thank you kids.

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IMG_6103The presentation and Critique starts now. So CREATIVE!!!

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IMG_6184Critique and discussion goes all day.

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IMG_6164The president of Altos de Chavon School of Design and the Cultural Center Foundation, Ms Dominique Bluhdorn visits the class during the Critique hours. Dominique, thanks again for the wonderful hospitality and conversations we had and of course for the teaching opportunity! You have wonderful Directors like Alida and very talented kids at your school. Thank you!

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IMG_6153More memories!  Thank you guys!

IMG_6226After completing much successful 3 day lecture, here we are off to Bayahibe with Alida!

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IMG_6246Amazing lunch at Captain William Kidd. Despite the name, trust  me, you get beautiful food here!

IMG_6245A beautiful and really delicious Appetizer for 4. Octopus salad, grilled lobster, pan fried shrimps, Tuna carpaccio with cilantro and lime juice and sea bass fritters. To die for. And a bottle of Falanghina!

IMG_6248Yum Yum Yum. Spaghetti with tomato and a Whole crab. Amazing! This is an Italian restaurant owned by this Italian lady. Very authentic Italian but all  based on fresh local seafood from ocean of DR. One to share for 4.

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IMG_6300The Last night at Altos de Chavon. Here we are for a dinner at Marina area in Casa de Campo. It’s quite lively!

IMG_6297After dinner Pre B day cake for Emi with mega Fire work Surprise! Thank you Martha! Thank you for taking us out for a wonderful dinner al fresco and for such great hospitality! We enjoyed the night very much!

IMG_6302Night Stroll around the Marina. It’s a lovely night.

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IMG_6309From the left, Martha Victoria, Administrative Director of Altos de Chavon Cultural Center Foundation, Director Alida Leon, Me and Gael. Emi on the camera. Cheese!

IMG_6307Alida and me.

Alida! Thank you for everything and thank you for inviting me to teach your wonderful 19 little stars. You are very well respected and loved by all of your students.  So it was easy for me to just take your string and go with it. Teaching is a wonderful thing and I loved every second of it.  On the third day, Seeing all the projects from the kids and their hard work truly impressed me. You have taught them well and you are doing a wonderful work guiding and nourishing them to become bigger stars. Thank you my friend.

To all of you wonderful fashion kids at Altos de Chavon! I saw such height of true talent and passion in that room for the fashion. Eager to learn more and wonderful plans for your future studying more and getting into the field. Passion is a beautiful thing and do not ever loose it no matter what condition you ever will be in.  Don’t forget to do your best and show up at your best you can. Thank you all.

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Thanks to you all for coming and having a lovely dinner with us and Emi!  Who couldn’t make it, you were there with us at heart. All the wonderful gifts ( especially this year’s trend DIY wonderful foodie’s gifts! YUm YUm) , Hugs and chats… That’s what friends are for and You Friends are Our Family.

And Special thanks to Chicco, the Chef and Owner of  Celestino for Wonderful and Generous Full Course Meal! Wow.

Happy Birthday Emi! LOvE you So MuCh.

IMG_5081At NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, Upstate NY.

In mid October, when all the leaves just started turning to those gorgeous autumn like colors in golden mustard and velvet reds, we were invited to a lovely weekend home of Chicco and Paola‘s for a cozy sleep over and visit to Wool Festival up in Rhinebeck, NY.  The sun was cuddly and warm against crisp air that signals true beginning of beautiful fall. It has been many weekends and long hours of work, so a get away over a weekend felt much needed to rest my soul and recharge a bit. A small back pack does the magic, a warm pair of socks and sweaters for the family, we are ready to Off!!!

On a way to Chicco’s, we also had stopped at New Paltz for a quick lunch and bit of stroll. Its always a nice drive you have going through New Paltz for it’s warm and cozy scenery and the small down town’s lively antique shops and restaurants to spend a good half day.  Water Street Market by the old Train station is also a cute spot to browse and get nick knacks to local cheese and wine to take home for the weekend. While you are in downtown, I also like to suggest you to go visit Huguenot street Historic Site for bit of French style historic Stone houses and this one amazing shop where you can taste all sort different kind of aged Balsamic vinegars and olive oils you can bottle your self: Scarborough Fare.

A little get away here we come, and I am so ready for this!

IMG_5018In Korean expression we call Autumn for a season when Horses get to really grow and the Sky gets real high. And I think that is so right.

IMG_4992It was such a warm day. We are near the New Paltz, NY here.

IMG_4946In New Paltz downtown, taking a walk along a small river.

IMG_4984This little shop, Scarbrough Fare carries Mighty flavors to be bottled by you!

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IMG_4951Gael tasting almost every kinds of Vinegar here. They are really great kinds. Most of them are imported from Italy and Spain.

IMG_4960We took 3 flavors home. Espresso ( yes Espresso, the coffee), Bianco white  and Apple.

IMG_5036We picked up Vintage Cricket set at one of Antique shop in Water Street Market.  It was both me and Gael’s first time! We had fun playing it at Chicco’s Garden.

IMG_5050At lovely kitchen having some pasta dinner. We are waiting for the home owners to arrive. They are bit stuck in the traffic back in the city…

IMG_5058The morning after long and relaxing Sunday breakfast. From the left, Amelia, Gael and Ercole. Yum Fluffy and Warm home made pancakes. Kids are the Best.

IMG_5066Yeah we are here at Rhinebeck!  Wool Festival!!!

IMG_5065It’s a big venue full of much to see!

IMG_5069Hays, Farmers, Sheeps and Lamas, Yarns and Knitters… It’s Fantastic here!!

IMG_5072Hand dyed cashmere rugs. They are So soft and Very expensive.

IMG_5077Some demonstrations. She’s weaving a rug.

IMG_5090And they are Just so irresistible!! Lamas.

IMG_5076Gorgeous wool Yarns. Colors are amazing. It’s very inspiring.

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IMG_5084Omg, How cute is he!!!  Kids are going nuts.

IMG_5087By the way, A great pattern at one of animal booth.  Many of cuties are walking around and getting ready for ” Best in show” for the later afternoon.

IMG_5098It’s truly a big party!  Proud farmers!

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IMG_5109Emi and Ercole.

IMG_5112OK , I am back to see some yarns and rovings. Roving is carded stage of airy wool balls. Once you twist the roving, it becomes a yarn. I always love rovings as somehow colors are true to how it’s dyed than a yarn form. It’s gorgeous.

IMG_5119Amazing Rovings.  They come in millions of colors. All Felting Artists use these to create anything that is done through felting technique. Paola is one of them and She makes the most beautiful art pieces by wool felting.

IMG_5117This booth had some amazing colored rovings in Cashmere and Alpaca and so much more. All of these are to be sold by weight. Which is a very typical way to do so.

IMG_5118You can also buy all sort of tool related to make yarns from rovings and fleece. Carding machine, spinner, spools and knitting pattern books….

IMG_5123He’s making wool yarn by using a Yarn spinner. There’s a little foot paddle and you need to coordinate while you hold the string of roving. The paddle spins the machine.

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IMG_5126This is a typical wooden basket/back pack for the farmers and you can dare it and rock it like this cool wool lady!  Yes you can buy this basket at the festival.

IMG_5127Here we are at the ” Best in Show”

IMG_5128Showering light on Emi and Chicco.

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IMG_5143Vegetable dye demonstration.

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IMG_5149We have been waiting for the 2:00 pm Sheep Shearing!

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IMG_5161To Shear a fully grown Sheep takes a well experienced skill and also strength to hold her down during a full shearing that lasts about good 5-7 minutes.  Depends on the time of the year when you shear or clip the woolen fleece off the sheep, the quality of wool can change quite a bit.

IMG_5173Impressive amount of Sheared Fleece. Usually they go through once a year shearing.

IMG_5185Hand Dyed felted Wool sheets.  They come in a square shape and  they are quite soft.

IMG_5182Ercole and Gael

The Wool festival up in Rhinebeck comes back every year for 2 days in October.  If you haven’t been yet, you should visit one for the next year.  The drive to get there  is beautiful and there are ton of amazing yarns and other source around wool related and also great farm food that’s based on Lamb.  And as it is peak of Fall, stopping by farm shops here and there is also lots of fun. Pumpkin picking, Apple picking, apple cider and all those home made pies coming right out of Farmer’s kitchens…

And absolutely amazing Alpacas!

IMG_5459Vampire Gael and Frida Jaehee. Halloween still goes on.  10-31-2012

Are we allowed to have Halloween?  Mortally, it felt so wrong to even think about dressing up when there were millions people and thousands houses right here in NY area stranded, destroyed and even lost loved ones. But we decided to dress and go out for Gael and for neighbors. It sort of lifted our spirit. This Halloween felt extra special.  How lucky are we?!!  It was chillier than any other year in longest time weather wise and definitely this time everything is in more low key in our Clinton Hill neighborhood being respectful to those in difficult times. But there were still many brown stones open for trick or treats, live music and spectaculars!

Importantly, it’s not about spilling drinking or going out. Kids will always remember this special day and they were reminded of those who in needs and unfortunate situations and learnt to appreciate what we got and how lucky we were for everything around us.

Here I like to share a few pics of  Halloween at Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

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IMG_5456Frida Khalo,  Two Fridas.

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We wish All the kids out there in shelters and needs for the Best Ever Halloween in Year 2013.  We will come back!

IMG_5315With Emi and Gael at The XX Concert, Paradise Theater, NYC

It has been a while Gael had graduated from Big Time Rush and Beaver.  Jovanotti is maybe the very favorite musician Gael has been after for a longest time in his fairly cute and young life. But as Gael get’s bigger and more exposed to what We are up for, Now there is this strong presence of other bands and artists in his second chapter of life.  Rolling Stones, Beatles, various House music, even Brazilians like Viva Brazil… Then so much more from having an access to mom’s I pod nano…  Was it like around 3 years old then?  Gael would burst out in tears listening to a CD in his room then would say ” Mom I miss my friends…!”  It was not really the friends that made him cry.  It was the emotion and something in the music that touched his heart.  Since then, Gael had many more broke downs with various music. Films, Classical music… Gael would say  ” Dad, I really miss my fish..!!”  his face covered in tears… Gael was already showing signs of his rich emotions and was able to express somehow.

It is a beautiful thing to watch my little child or maybe it’s more correct to say  a little human being shaping his own palette and depth of sensibility and sentiment.  And we can help him as parents by providing him opportunities to have exposed to all sort of everything.  It’s an amazing journey to be there together and share the moments.  I see Twinkles in his eyes. It’s just so beautiful to see that.

Here’s our very second concert with Gael after Jovanotti at Terminal 5. The XX, the absolute favorite band of this moment in Gael’s 9 year old life. Every song, every lyric. It touches Gael’s heart in such a strong way. Here now we are together to love them only in a better way.  It’s a live concert!

IMG_5204Paradise Theater, It’s our first time here. it’s a beautiful theater!

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IMG_5212XX Souvenirs!

IMG_5213The British Indie pop band,  XX formed in August 2009 and they have 3 albums out so far. Maybe one of the most talented and well established indie bands out there today in such a short period.

IMG_5218Walking in!

IMG_5219It’s still early. Emi got us great Orchestra seats!

IMG_5226An opening band. Not a bad sound, but like any other opening bands, they were just all right. I liked the back drop images though.

IMG_5274Patiently waiting for XX to come out. Emi and Gael playing” Chop Sticks” ( a real fun game using fingers. It needs a good Addition skill!)

IMG_5249Bit of John Currin -ish moment here.

IMG_5278Romy Madley Croft shows up first. The audience jumps out of their seats. Swirl of applause and screams in the air. It’s exciting!

IMG_5281Such a great and edited sound in many layers.  It’s very powerful.

IMG_5282Jamie XX has such a beautiful voice. Deep, clean and intellectual sort of.

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IMG_5302Gael absolutely loved lighting effects. He thought it was one of the coolest thing he has ever seen.

IMG_5307A beautiful theater. Very Romanesque.

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IMG_5316Ahhh  It was Such a Great Concert…!!!

I am thankful that Gael is big enough to do this together with us. Emi and I are both around 40′s and We have so much more ahead of us.  And I like to thank to those Great Artists out there offering their performance for All age groups.

Heading back home, we are putting who’s music on? Yes XX.

Here are Gael’s 2 favorite songs of XX. Enjoy it!

IMG_3911Nik and Jess,  Happily Knotted and much more to come.  09/08/2012, Roxbury Barn, NY

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Dear Jess and Nik,

It was maybe one of the most fun weddings that we have ever been!  We were all talking about ” Stiff Neck” post such head bangings to all of your amazing RoCk StAr fiends’ Super JAmminG!!! What a great fun we had!  It was a truly beautiful and the most unique wedding and thank you two for all the good times and friendship.

We are truly happy for both of you!

Today and Much more to come!  All the love to you guys!

IMG_1991Emi and Me, Turning my 40th together. Love you Emi!

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My 40th chapter begins here again with full of surprises and hard work. More adventures and lots of LOvE.

Thank You All So much for coming and being with Me!  Extra love and all the lovely gifts!

I was One Happy Birthday Girl!

LOvE you All!

IMG_0520Gowanus Grove Bridge, 400 Carroll Street, Brooklyn. Always peaceful.

IMG_0522It opens at 3:00. Still quiet. It’s 5:00 pm now. People enjoy couple drinks and still gathering up.

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IMG_0527Mister Saturday, Mister Sunday tees.

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IMG_0531Botch.

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IMG_0533The charm of Gowanus Grove is these vastly located cool industrial buildings. All types. Love them!

IMG_0534Not a bad idea to dance under the trees by the water.

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IMG_0536Arrive! Jay, Kaja and me.

IMG_0537Mister Dee Jay.

IMG_0539The Bar.

IMG_0541Sangria for me.

IMG_0542Jackson proves that you have paid and now you can dance.

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IMG_0545Maybe good 5 degrees cooler here.

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IMG_0548Not only you dance here you Hula Hoop too.  Whatever works.

IMG_0549Jaehee and Jay.

IMG_0550Girlfriends.

IMG_0554High as A Kite.

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IMG_0558The Beat goes on. The Night goes on.

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