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.
I’ve been doing a bit of shopping lately, window and otherwise, of local fashion things. I’ve mentioned my Meiling adventures, I stopped by the Jade Gedeon pop-up at Medulla, and yesterday I interviewed Robert Young of The Cloth. I should mention that I’ve ordered a Loud by Afiya skirt, I’m so excited about that purchase.
Local fashion is having a bit of a revival. With places like Blue Basin, The Shop at Normandie, Anya’s Exhibit A and good ole’ Social Media, Trinbagonian shoppers are spoilt for choice.
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And we have everything from workwear, swimwear, pret a fêter and Monday wear, local designers are covering all bases.
What I’m really interested in is the sustainability of all of this. Garment production facilities are urgently needed, or so some local designers have told me. FashionTT is looking to start-up one that would be ready to take orders as early as April. But there’s a problem. When FashionTT presented their plans to local designers, some of them walked out, because they were concerned with the ownership of the facility. I spoke to Robert Young who says, they prefer a “worker-run” and managed facility so that the workers have a stake in the company. But they also manage their own affairs. It remains to be seen what comes out of this. I will try to keep you posted.
That said, it’s nice to see more retail shops finding space for local designers on their racks. Like J.Angelique for Jebelle and Marie Collette and Adrian Foster for 212 Location. I attended the launch of the latter, and my report for C News Live is after this post.
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.
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.