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My name is Lori-
Antoinette and I am a
seems airy and empty.
My daughter said when she
was six, "Mummy, I want
to be a clothes artist, just
like you." I m an artist and
fabric is my medium.
I use my first name
only. Unless I m getting a
My dad is Chinese and my mom s black, so I
have a real mixed-up look. My daughter Blue-Joy is
13 now. My ex-husband s favourite colour at the time
was blue and he wanted to name her after his grand-
mother. And I wanted her name hyphenated, like mine.
I ve been making things since before going to
school. I d staple pieces of paper together and say, "Here,
Daddy, look a notepad."
I m not finished with my tattoos but I m careful
what I put now. I was rebellious before but there aren t
any that I wish I did not put.
I was raised Anglican; I think that s Catholic.
But I m not sure. I went to a Roman Catholic primary
school, Newtown Girls.
I have a religious friend who thinks the Bible is
the Word of God. And I think the Bible is a lovely
novel. There are great moral stories in it, but wrong and
right is relative. In the Book, it might be wrong but, in
the situation, it might be right. You have to feel it through.
I don t think I m ugly. But I live in Trinidad. It have
real nice woman walking bout the place. Trini men are
sometimes exhausting. But who could blame them?
There are so many gorgeous women, they just, "Eenie-
I started designing clothes because I couldn t
afford to buy the clothes I wanted. I d go out and
somebody would say, "Nice top!" I decided when I was
19 this is what I wanted. I worked as wardrobe assistant
on [TT soap opera] Westwood Park, just to be near to
The Chinese side of my family is racist. I never
noticed, when I was a child, that my mother was
black and my father, Chinese. They was just "peo-
ple." Even though I d hear my uncle cross the
kitchen and say, "F......ing n.......r children!" My
friends tell me, "You don t know what racism is." When
my uncle is walking in the house, blocking his nose, I
don t know what racism is!
I cuss in front of Blue-Joy, but she doesn t cuss.
I explained to her I would love her to be a lady. But I m
learning that your kids do what you do.
Sometimes there is no substitute for [cussing].
What are you supposed to say instead of, "Yuh mother
The Alchemist is my favourite book. I ve read it
When I want to relax, I smoke. I m not a pothead
As a Caribbean designer, I was told I had to do
things that "looked" Caribbean. I think that s complete
a.. Anything that comes out of me is Caribbean, because
I am Caribbean.
I m having a show in November and they tell
me I have to invite a couple of
"names." I say, "I don t want to
invite them!" Cause I don t want
any negative vibes at my own event.
I m still thinking about it but they
probably won t be present unless
they buy a damn ticket!
Teenage girls in Trinidad are
mean, mean, mean.
I like to go to Maracas and
watch the women. Men are
absolutely boring to look at. I m
straight, but I do love looking at
women s bodies.
I drink beer and rum-and-
water. That rum-and-coke was f......-
ing me up fast.
When I priced a dress, another
designer said, "You can t sell this
for $1,900!" I said, "Yes, it s silk,
and the beads are hand-strung."
What s US$300 for a designer dress?
The best thing about being a
clothes artist is people seeing and
appreciating what I ve done. It s
nicer than someone saying you re
pretty. Because that s my insides,
hanging on that rack. The down side
is not having enough resources or
manpower to show everything that s
on the inside.
A Trini is warm. Love to lime.
Relaxed. Take work-mode seriously.
Love music. Rum. Free. Real serious
s...t talk. That would basically describe
every single one of us. Not all of us
Trinidad & Tobago means
"Motherland" to me.
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TRINI TO D BONE
As Told to BC Pires
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