Holy Week Art Exhibition

Michiel van Hout created the Holy Week Art Exhibition to help him find a space in the local art scene for his work. Michiel is a religious artist, and for him his work is a reflection of his faith. It is also part of his spiritual practice.

The Holy Week Art Exhibition was created because when he moved Trinidad, he found that religious art didn’t really have a space here, which he found very surprising considering how spiritual this country is.

The 2017 exhibition ended on Glorious Saturday, but I did a story on it for the C News Report, have a look

I really his geometric, stained glass-like paintings the best. Antonio Figuero’s paintings of the Cathedral and the Church of the Assumption were lovely as well, as was Rebecca Foster’s “Stations of the Cross”. I hope that some of these find spaces in local churches and homes very soon.

Carnival Escape into Colour.

I have it. Jade Gadeon’s Carnival, adult colouring book.

Jade has realistically rendered the costumes, colour and music of Trinidad Carnival. You can tell that the book was made by a mas playing Trini.

I was surprised by the Minshall costumes that she included in the book. She clearly had access to his work.

I got mine from Caboodles on Long Circular Road. It’s signed by Jade. I’ll start colouring in it very soon.

Also I’m really enjoying Ryan Chan’s Pretty Bitch colouring book. It can take water, so I have used my watercolour pencils in it,  images below.

I’m really happy with my collection of Caribbean inspired adult colouring books.

 

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Pretty Bitch Therapy

Local designer Ryan Chan has just released an adult colouring book. You know that I’m obsessed with them. Especially Caribbean colouring books. To the point where I had promised myself that I’m only allowed to buy Jade Gedeon’s Carnival Escape colouring book. I going to break that promise to include this gem.

Some pages from Pretty bitch therapy ! Get it tom ! 😊😂😂😂

A post shared by Ry Chan (@rychan_) on Feb 13, 2017 at 4:20pm PST

What? I’m supporting local! That’s allowed. Pretty Bitch Therapy: The Colouring Journal is available at The Little Black Dress in West Mall.

Culture Wrap for 2017.

I had a lot of fun this year covering all manner of things cultural and artsy. It was very inspiring to see people doing their thing in this country. It belies the rab that nothing good can come from here. I saw amazing art, and was party to enlightening conversations about design and history.
I can’t wait for 2017.

My favourite art exhibition was Josh Lu’s Paradise. It’s his cautionary tale for a country that doesn’t protect it’s heritage, built or otherwise. That has devolved into violence, and doesn’t seem to know it’s way out. That he quoted my brilliant friend Niama Sandy in his artist’s statement was icing on the cake. But I’ll keep looking out for Josh’s work.

He’s currently in London as one of the British Council’s 2017 TAARE artists.

Adele Todd’s Black Guard was also another favourite. I knew that she worked in embroidery, but I really didn’t expect it to have such an impact. The show took a hard look at our security services, and burgeoning surveillance state.
It was beyond cool that she got the Museum to paint the exhibition room red. You really should have seen it.

And then there was the Cazabon Exhibition at the Diplomatic Centre. I’ve written about that experience on this blog. I didn’t get to go back and see them, but I’m lucky to have seen them with Geoffery MacLean, so I consider myself fortunate.

I got to see Stickfight for the first time. I know, I know. I highly recommend it, it’s my intention to make this my new Carnival tradition.

Viewing tip. Look out for the paramedic who is thoroughly enjoying the match-ups. Bless him, he’s not letting his fun prevent him from doing his job. He made my night.

From Fete Fonts now Sign Books, to Fashion and Film Festivals galore. This year was an eye opening one for me, so I’m really looking forward to what 2017 has to offer.

Sign Books

When artists get together to talk Caribbean Aesthetics, design, sustainability and creativity, interesting things happen, like thinking about another use for an iconic series of fete signs.

The Sign Books are popping up all over, but you can track their adventures on Instagram: De.Sign.Books

Woodbrook Sans

“There aren’t many indigenous typefaces from the English-speaking Caribbean; barely any in fact. There is a kind of vernacular around handwritten signs, one of which was created by our Managing Partner Marlon Darbeau’s work for Alice Yard; more recently with digitisation projects such as the Fete Signs project by the talented duo of Kriston Chen and our own Agyei Archer. Contemporary typography doesn’t so much originate here; looking for a typeface that is ‘authentically Caribbean’ really means looking elsewhere.

What we do have are legacy faces; echoes of systems and powers that have long departed, quietly reminding us of the past.

The shared history of the English-speaking Caribbean means that there are similarities in style across the region. One can in particular find a loose group of typefaces that seems to speak of empire, of order, of plain protestant authority.”

Taken from Abovegroup’s blog about rebuilding their identity. I just love the idea of a new, font of Caribbean origin.

Ajoupa Open Studio Event

Ajoupa’s annual Open Studio Event will be held November 12 and 13, 2016 from 10am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

You can enjoy the beautiful gardens and picnic with the butterflies and hummingbirds, weather permitting.

This year the open studio will feature the paintings of Shinhuey Ho, glass jewelry and gifts from Kristy Johnson, handmade porcelain pottery by GretaMichelle Joachim, plants and mosaic by Kelly Anderson and Arty Party painting events by Sharon Burford.

Owner of Ajoupa Bunty O’Connor will have her sculpture on show and available for purchase. Look out for her “village of stray dogs, fired in the raku style and lots of chickens!”

Follow the map on the website or call if you get lost, 705 9693.
Website: www.ajoupapottery.com

 

Colour the Caribbean


Because I’m a cliché, I have an obsession with colouring and colouring books. It’s fun, it’s art with training wheels, because I haven’t drawn a thing in years. I needed an outlet and colouring books are it.

I’ve been dying to find books that are more my style, so fashion themes are a fave. As are pop culture, and abstract patterns. But what I really, want are books that are more representative of where I live, the Caribbean, and the type of woman I am, Black. So I made a list of Caribbean colouring books for all ages.

Some of the adult colouring books I own, will own soon (Amazon is processing the order), or would like to own. A few are no longer being printed, which is sad, but I have a thing for history, so I included them. I will separate my list of colouring books for children, from the list for adults.

Adult Colouring Books.

  • Escape Colouring Books. Jade Gedeon’s lovely series, book 4 is coming out in February, and I can’t wait, because I’ve been longing for a Carnival colouring book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’ve finally ordered her first 2, and they are on their way. The reviews are amazing! The books are Island Escape, Rainforest Escape and Carnival Escape.
  • Dear:… A Healing Colouring Book: I literally harassed Danielle for her colouring book. Actually no, she was pregnant at the time, so we just spoke via Facebook messenger and I rushed over to Paper Based Bookshop in the nick of time to snag my copy. If she reprints the Wildflower Series Colouring Book I will get one because her illustrations are gorgeous.
  • James Hackett: It’s not out yet, but he says one is coming. I can’t wait.

Children’s Colouring Books

  • ZW Colouring Book: I discovered Zaidee Walker’s book randomly during a Sunday morning breakfast run to the San Antonio Green Market, which is right by me. Her drawings are simple, but the possibilities are endless. I bought 2. One for me, and gave the other to my co-worker’s daughter. It’s simply done, and you can probably beg her to produce a copy for you.
  • MacMillan’s Caribbean Colouring Books: The series still pops up, offering false hope, but the Caribbean Flowers book is out of print. The entire series seems to cater for a wide range of skills, like the Caribbean Carnivals book is suitable for a younger child but the Caribbean Flowers books seems more advanced.
  • Coloring Book of the Caribbean: is a Virgin Islands based book that may only be available via this website.
  • Traditional Carnival Characters of Trinidad and Tobago: I think that this book is out of print, but you may be able to contact them directly for a copy, or lead a groundswell of interest to justify  a reprint.

The problem in the Caribbean is single print runs, so books go out of print very quickly even though the interest has far outlasted supply. To be fair though, interest can be a slow burn. I blame that on insufficient marketing, but I digress.

Happy Caribbean colouring!

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