Caribbean Belle WEDDINGS
Light of Eyes
The new light Of the fashion industry
The quiet, tastefully decorated Woodbrook house is a soothing blend of old-fashioned architecture and smart modern decor. Inside, it smells faintly of leather and sandalwood. Shelves are arrayed with beaded slippers and hand-made jewellery, and fabrics rustle gently from their hangers. A mannequin daydreams at a window, wearing an exquisite shrug encrusted with unbelievably detailed hand-beaded designs. They are so uniform, so precise, that it’s easy to assume they were made by machine, but each stitch is the handiwork of its talented creator.
Juliette McCawley on launching a career in film
I meet Juliette McCawley at the Nalis building in Port of Spain and feel an instant kinship. She’s dressed in a blue tee and white pants and smiles easily as she spots me. We exchange the usual pleasantries but there is nothing cookie cutter about her. McCawley is an internationally recognised filmmaker, in its absolute broadest sense. She writes, directs and produces her own films, in addition to shooting and editing moving pictures for the corporate and industrial worlds.
Belle chats with two talented sisters committed to artistic expression, in particular, expressing their inner selves
There’s something extraordinary about the bond between sisters, but imagine what happens when a shared passion is added to the mix. Neala and Marsha Bhagwansingh are such siblings who live and breathe art and creativity.
Neala, a fine-art photographer, considers Marsha to be the ‘artist’ in the family. Marsha, a painter and sculptor, has been exhibiting locally since 2000, showing a mix of media including watercolours, acrylics, charcoal, wood, wax and clay.
For a Better World
Sharda Ramlakhan on using her disability to enable others
“I was confident going into the doctor’s office. I did everything right in my life up until that point. What was said to me came as an utter, complete shock. I swore they had someone else’s file, not mine. This wasn’t part of my career plan, my life plan.”
These thoughts ran through the mind of Sharda Ramlakhan in 2001 when her doctor diagnosed her with muscular dystrophy. This condition would weaken her muscles over the years and the subsequent degeneration leaves this lovely young lady, now aged 40 and looking no older than her 30s, confined to a mobile wheelchair as she recounts her ordeal. There was turbulence in the trenches once she was diagnosed. Life was hampered, dreams somewhat shattered. Her view of the world degraded.
The Caribbean’s Top Model
“I don’t consider myself a girly-girl at all,” says Treveen Stewart, winner of this year’s Caribbean’s Next Top Model competition. Her voice is husky, with the golden tones of a fine liqueur, and she is tall, limber, and athletic.
The young Cayman Islander isn’t what you’d expect when you hear the term “top model”. She’s unspoiled, unpretentious, quick to laughter, and doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously. In a world of “Me! Me! Me!”, she’s a breath of cool Caribbean breeze.
Author, artist, bon viveur
Peter Jarrette is a hard man to label. To call him an author is to ignore his prolific career as an artist and illustrator. Say that he is a Trini, and you’d be forgetting the roots he’s put down in Canada, the USA, Sweden, Greece and Great Britain. He’s rubbed shoulders with people of royal blood, and partied hard with writers like Sex and the City’s Candace Bushnell. In between, he’s waited tables, worked club doors, been a model demonstrator at Harrods, a barman, even a male nanny...a ‘Manny’.
The man is a veritable callaloo of talent and experiences.