Hunte, left, co-owner of Radical Designs, and Joan Dayal,
right, the co-ordinator of the Rotary Club of Maravals
SHAYPE learning centre flank artist Terrance Smith of Jamaica
as he surveys one of the pairs of jeans he and 13 other
artists will turn into works of art for Radical Designs
Jeans Art 2007. Photo: Karla Ramoo
Friday December 15, 2006 Radical Designs, in conjunction
with the Rotary Club of Maravals Shaype (School for
Holistic Action for Young Peoples Empowerment) project,
launched the first Jeans Art for Carnival 2007.
The project/exhibition is open to young and established
local contemporary artists such as Sonja Dumas and Dave
Williams. The artists are given a pair of Radical Designs
jeans to create a work of art to be subsequently exhibited
in public. The work will later be auctioned and a portion
of the proceeds will go toward the Rotarys Shaype
Director of Radical Designs Gary Hunte explained, It
was an idea we had nine years ago in Dianes (Hunte,
Radical co-owner) office.
Hunte said, Diane was doing some paintings on some
jeans and while we were looking at it we said it would be
a really nice thing if we could give various artists jeans
and let them express themselves on it and put a piece of
art on it and do an exhibition.
The idea spawned from there and with ideas from the Hunte
duo and artist Mario Lewis the project took shape until
it eventually became Jeans Art 2007.
Hunte further elaborated that although the project had its
inception nine years ago, the company had stumbling blocks
in bringing their dream to fruition.
(the idea was conceived) weve never had the money,
weve never had the time or we couldnt find the
space to do it.
that we have the time and we could put some money to it
weve decided to do it like this.
Hunte was quick to praise the efforts of the artist liason
Mario Lewis. Mario has been a catalyst. Hes
made it easy for us.
Hunte said hed long admired Lewis art and when,
during a conversation between the two, Lewis mentioned that
hed been trying to get into administration of art,
Hunte jumped at the opportunity to work with the artist
whose work he called different, modern and progressive.
said, Great, Mario. This is my idea. We hired
him and hes assisting with the logistics of the entire
hope it to be something really exciting. At the end we hope
to do an exhibition timed to be around Carnival when all
the creativity is coming out and there are a lot of visitors
to Trinidad and the art can get a lot of exposure.
Hunte also said that at the end they hope to auction off
the various pieces of jeans art.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the charitythe
Rotarys Shaype Programmea portion will go to
the artist, and a small portion goes back to administrative
Hunte said they are waiting to see what comes out of the
project to see if any of the designs will make it to the
racks at Radical Design.
have a diverse pulling together of artists from various
We have sculptors, jewelry designers, painters, choreographers.
We told them just go wild, do what you want, you have total
freedom. And they were really happy that they were given
is a creative place, Hunte explained, but when
you drive around Trinidad you dont see it. This is
our way of doing it.
jeans will go on exhibition from January 31 to February
7. After the exhibition they will go on auction to partly
benefit the Rotary Club of Maravals Shaype Project.
The Shaype (School for Holistic Action for Young Peoples
Empowerment) project has become the umbrella under which
the Rotary Club of Maraval will provide several programmes,
including music tutoring and family counselling services,
to address some of the critical social problems facing our
artists selected for Radical Designs Jeans Art
Project 2007 are:
Sarag Chong Sing