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Fabric Artist Paints Nosara
By Marcia Banes
  “Happy Accidents” is the phrase that Miami Fashion Designer Karelle Levy would use to describe the way her knit fabric falls on to a person’s body. However, Karelle’s designer fabric and clothing is definitely no accident. Karelle is an artist, and her fabric is her canvas.

Thanks to the work of independent cultural curator, Nina Arias, Karelle recently brought her “let it run knit’ to the runway of Nosara The KREL wear fashion show took place at the newly revamped Estancia Nosara Private Club on Jan. 28th 2010. Karelle also made 2 Krel to Go appearances in Nosara over the weekend creating custom knit designs for excited participants. Krel 2 Go is what Karelle does all over the world, creating affordable fashions made on site in less than an hour out of originally designed pieces of material.

Raised in Miami Florida, Karelle grew up in the fashion industry where her mother was a clothing wholesaler. Her mom also weaved yarn together to make fabric, a pastime that Karelle was not interested in until she turned 16, when her mother passed away. After her mother’s death, Karelle admits that perhaps she began to take up weaving as subconscious way to carry on her mother’s work. As Karelle began to take weaving classes, she discovered that the trade came very easy to her, and she graduated with a BFA in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She then moved back to Miami, where she started as an apprentice to costume design with the Florida Grand Opera. After the apprenticeship, she got a job with the Miami Lights Project and started coordinating events, booking bands, and performing administrational work.

Karelle pack up her suitcase and head to the fashion boutiques to sell her works of art and was pleasantly surprised when they were all impressed with her creations. “I had no idea what I was doing, I thought they would hate everything. I was awkward and nervous and thought, what in the world am I doing?” Karelle commented. She couldn’t believe that the boutiqes wanted to buy her clothes and she soon found herself thrust full fledged into the fashion industry.

Karelle confirms fashion is no easy business, “the industry is not nice and I have a much more artistic background than most designers, therefore it was hard for me to conform.” Karelle kept running into walls and obstacles and when the recession hit in the US, she had to figure out what she really wanted to do.
Her elegant and funky designs are unique because all the material is knit together from the finest fabrics. Using mostly sustainable material to make her very small stitches is the secret to making the clothing so versatile and lightweight.

  Good news is, she plans another trip to Nosara next December.

But if you can’t wait until next December to get the chance to purchase Karelle’s designs, you won’t have to. A new boutique called “Mandolina” is planned to open in Playa Guiones in late April. Be sure to check the Voice of Nosara for the Grand Opening Date.


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