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2012 The year that was …

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Phillip Supersad with his collection of drums - some made by him, others acquired. A goat's skin is drying in the foreground. -Photos by Amitabh Sharma
Steven 'Rolly' Johnson strings a drum.
Painter Jacquelyne Hussey-Pearson with her piece, 'GlobalHearts: One Love Many Hearts'.
Tattoo artist Candice Davis at work.
'Tattoo Phillip' stands inside his studio - photo by Amitabh Sharma
Earrings made of calabash by Kima Francis.-Photos by Amitabh Sharma
Damaris Mayne and some of her nature-inspired creations.
Tea boxes by Charl Baker, made of wood collected from beaches and other discarded material.-Photo by Amitabh Sharma

More than needles and ink - Tattoo artists create living art

Published September 9, 2012

Candice Davis and Phillip Shaw are among a set of artists, who are an amalgamation of a dexterous painter and a meticulous sculptor, expressing their creative acumen embedding human skins in monotones or a multitude of hues.

Davis, who is bubbly and vivacious works from a shop in Half-Way Tree, and Shaw, packing the sombre persona, plies his trade from his home studio. Both come from diverse backgrounds, but are bound by a multitude of ideas, a tinge of eccentricity, and a flight of imagination that transcends boundaries.

Life's journey painted on canvas

Published June 24, 2012

What is art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the real, said Indian poet, playwright and painter Rabindranath Tagore - a phrase that encapsulates Jacquelyne Hussey-Pearson's life and work, where she pours all her emotions inspired by the vastness around her.

This multifaceted artist's life story is like a palette, glowing rich colours, mixed with speckles of grey, and exuding grit and courage.

A breast cancer survivor, she has never let physical pain affect her, and instead, she has immersed herself into putting more colour and creating larger-than-life images.

"I am a very blessed spirit and the people around me encourage me and I am enhanced by critique because it can always turn my work into (something) positive," she said.

Let the drum rolls begin

Published October 21, 2012

Sporting the aura of a dreadlocked ascetic of India transcending from the Himalayas … just that this particular art ascetic descended from the hills of Manchester, clad in denim, engrossed in the drums, Phillip Supersad's fingers rhythmically hit a tune.

The ceramist, teacher and drummer is living several creative traits.

Delectable art - Engaging all the senses

Published December 16, 2012

'Tis the season for food so take some vegetables, meat, put them on the cutting board, sharpen the knives, and drop the ingredients in a Dutch pot and plate them … luscious fare, yes? Did someone say a work of art? Yes, you heard it right. Before the cuisine satisfies your appetite, it whips up the visual senses.

The road to creation of culinary art involves traits that an artist would put in a painting or a sculpture. But the challenge is to complement the looks with the taste.

Over the years, the tastes and trends are paying more attention to detail, into which the new-age chefs are venturing.

Chefs Melissa Dukharan (left) and Ike Francis and their creations.

A bouquet of salad - blanched potato rose with organic lettuce.-Photos by Amitabh Sharma

From trash to treasure

Published November 11, 2012

The idiom 'One man's junk is another man's treasure' fits perfectly on artists Charl Baker and Mazola Ma Mwashighadi, who are transforming discarded items into artefacts and pieces for everyday use.

What does a broken light pole, copper wires, discarded packaging material or a rusting flywheel of a bicycle mean to most of us … junk?

Baker and Mwashighadi, like farmers sifting through mud to reap the most beautiful foliage or the sweetest smelling flowers, have managed to transform them into a photo frame, vanity boxes, and a wall hanging.

Henna-aah - Nature's own body-art ingredient

Published December 9, 2012

Deepika Lal holds a cone made of plastic bag, filled with henna paste. Grasping it with artistic perfection, she uses subtle, meticulous strokes to draw out lines on the palm, converging to create an intricate design.

The process, to the bystander, looks more like putting icing on a cake, but Lal is practising the ancient Indian and Middle Eastern art of applying 'mehndi' (the name for henna), which, over the years, has become a fashion statement as well as a mystic Eastern charm. Even after centuries, the rudiments and fundamentals of this art of adornment are based on the skill set, imagination and creativity of the person applying henna.

How'd you like to be styled by nature?

Published October 14, 2012

"God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things," Pablo Picasso once said, epitomising the vastness and out-of-the-box creative material that nature offers.

Damaris Mayne stumbled into jewellery making by chance, and she chose calabash as her material of choice. "The love for jewellery began when I was doing a project," she said. "I liked calabash ... . It had a leathery kind of feeling and was easy to work with."

Mayne and Kima Francis have their distinct styles, using varied techniques for their jewellery, but were bonded by the passion of creating original handmade designs. They say that the uniqueness of working with natural materials is that no two designs are repeated.

The Jamaican Folk Singers

Life lessons woven in music

Published September 30, 2012

From deep-rooted traditions to the modern paradigms, folk music and musicians are striving to weave a storyboard that intricately interlaces the two in a mix of music. This is reflective of the Jamaican Folk Singers, which is a non-profit singing group founded in 1967 by Dr Olive Lewin, whose members come from diverse professions, bound by their love for Jamaica and Jamaican-ness.

One of the key traits of the Jamaican Folk Singers, in keeping the art form vibrant and relevant, Christine MacDonald Nevers, the group's musical director, informs, has been to marry the contemporary with the traditional. "We maintain the look of the times which transcends the decades of Jamaican history."

Nature-inspired traditional Indian Mehndi design.