Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 20th 2015 Contents A29
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Carline Gumbs creates what she calls
"upcycled wearable art"---beautiful jewelry
and other accessories made out of unlikely
materials: bangles from toothbrushes; neck-
laces from safety pins; and earrings from
the lens of sunglasses.
Xala Ramesar makes foot-tall rag dolls that
reflect T&T s multi-ethnic diversity.
And Halcian Pierre, who s been a writer,
copywriter and actor, has recently found suc-
cess as a fine artist with her brightly coloured,
Africa inspired paintings.
Their work and that of many other art,
craft, fashion and beauty product entrepre-
neurs have come together in one place, Akim-
bo in Arima, a store meant to exude the eclec-
tic vibrancy usually found in an art market
while pulling fashion and art from its con-
centration in the West. The store is located
on Pro-Queen St, not too far from the market,
and looks like a combination boutique and
art space. But it s much more.
It s a place for artisans from all over the
Caribbean to not only display and sell their
work, but to meet and exchange ideas.
Founders Kevon Foderingham and Karen
Kennedy also want to hold art-related sem-
inars and workshops, book launches and other
similar events at the space.
"We try to stay within a certain price point,"
said Kennedy, as she showed the T&T
Guardian a long hand-painted dress by SM
Warner for $800, a low price considering the
intricacy of the art work.
"We wanted to make it accessible to the
everyday man," Kennedy said of Akimbo,
which recently opened its doors.
"And that s why we decided to have this
here. We felt it was missing in the East. Every-
one was going to Woodbrook and all those
Kennedy and Foderingham, both marketing
executives, had been talking about opening
a store like Akimbo for years, she said. In
fact they came up with the name long before
Foderingham was walking through Arima,
where he lives, and came across the long,
rectangular space that shares a building with
the Arima MP s office, an ice cream shop
and an optical store.
"He said, Karen, I found Akimbo, "
Kennedy, whose Jamaican parents brought
her up in New York, lives in Maracas, St
Joseph, having made T&T her home for the
last two decades.
Akimbo has a commission arrangement
with the art entrepreneurs who use it.
Kennedy and Foderingham say they want to
foster a familial/community environment at
"We told our suppliers to use the space,"
said Foderingham. "If you want to have meet-
ings with clients, if you want to come and
have a launch, come and use the space."
Carline Gumbs, who lives in Arima, said
a store like Akimbo was long overdue.
"People are hungry for it in the East," she
said. "I feel that in the last 15 years in terms
of innovation and business ideas, Arima has
gone to sleep, and that is why people are
going to the West."
Gumbs has been marketing and selling her
"upcycled" jewellery for two years now, mainly
through social media. Upcycling involves
finding new and creative ways to use items
that would otherwise be discarded.
"I m always thinking, No, no, don t throw
that out. Let me see what I can do with it
first, " she said. "When you start looking at
things from that perspective, you see that
you don t have to throw away anything. It
can always be given a new life. It can be given
a rebirth and made into something people
For Gumbs and many of the craft folk dis-
playing their goods at Akimbo, this is the
first time their work would be available for
sale in a store, opening them up to customers
they would not have had access to before.
Xala Ramesar, the doll maker, welcomes
"the consistency of having the product in
one place instead of having to arrange a meet-
ing area" with clients.
"Akimbo is the perfect space for it," she
Halcian Pierre, who s preparing for her
first solo exhibition next April, said she was
glad to have "a space for creative people."
"We need that not only in town, but all
over Trinidad. Arima will know what talent
exists in other parts of the country," she said.
Akimbo will serve as exhibition space for
different artists. Following Pierre, from
November 27, is multimedia artist Tameika
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ABC s Good Morning America
celebrated its 40th anniversary
yesterday with a crowded studio
filled with the men and women
who hosted the day-opening
broadcast through its history.
Starting with original hosts
David Hartman and Nancy Dus-
sault, producers cleverly moved
through the hosts chronologically
as they raised coffee mugs and
looked at the camera with the
show s signature greeting, "Good
For many years the No 2 morning
show behind NBC s Today, the ABC
show has been on top the past few
years with current hosts George
Stephanopoulos and Robin
Roberts, although its ratings have
sagged a little this season.
The hosts reminisced about
times good and bad.
"We figured tone was as impor-
tant as the facts," he said.
Mostly, though, the show kept
things light. (AP)
Decades of hosts return for 'GMA' anniversary
come to Arima
The founders of Akimbo, Karen Kennedy and Kevon Foderingham. PHOTOS: ERLINE ANDREWS
Halcian Pierre displays her brightly coloured, Africa inspired paintings.
Arielle Holdip is one of the rising stars of the
accessories markets in T&T, and she brings
her Korporate Couture line to Akimbo.
Local doll maker Xala Ramesar is selling her
KisKiddies Dolls at Akimbo.
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