In November, I had the pleasure of participating in Flower House Mexico, a charity event to benefit patients at Mexico City’s Instituto Nacional di Cancerologia. Organized by a wonderful group of women in Mexico, and fashioned after Flower House Detroit (where an abandoned house was transformed into a floral wonderland), several US-based designers (including myself) came down to Mexico City to bring our individual inspiration to a series of spaces at an abandoned apartment complex.
Committing to a project like this was a big leap for me, as it meant being away from home and family for a week, as well as blocking my schedule and declining business - which is always a difficult decision. However, when organizer Pili asked me to participate, and explained how the money raised was going to help cancer patients with no ability to afford treatment on their own, I truly felt that it was something important, both for the recipients, and for me. Sometimes it’s hard to take the time to give back, but when done, always well worth it!
In the end, the US design team consisted of myself, Ariella Chezar, Nicolette Owen (Nicolette Camille), Jill Rizzo (Studio Choo East), and Studio Mondine. Each of us had a designated apartment within the complex, and a set of students who had paid for the learning experience. Essentially, it was a massive, intensive workshop, but where all of the proceeds went to charity. In all, nearly $30,000 was raised for the charity, which is helping countless cancer patients with treatment. The images below are of my space and students, but I encourage you to check out the other designer’s Instagram feeds and websites for their images and experiences as well.
Image credits: Corbin Gurkin