Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 1st 2013 Contents B4
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt December 1, 2013
Story and photograph
Elize Rostant had one of those
engagingly bohemian childhoods
that s this country s best gift to
Growing up in Gasparillo, her
parents spent many hours piling
into the family car on trips into
"It was really seeing the coun-
try," as Rostant recalls. "I m just
trying to recreate that beauty in
She was raised along with two
sisters and two brothers by parents
who were both teachers.
"Looking back I realise it was
a very academic household. My
parents were the only people on
the street who had gone to uni-
versity. We had a library and when
we read and found something we
didn t understand, we would have
to go and look it up in the ency-
"That was just normal to me
then, but I know now just how
uncommon that was."
Almost as uncommon as her
distinct memories of her father in
a dashiki and full afro DJing as
Sio s Super Sounds and a mother
who continued to play music for
"We were encouraged to exper-
iment," she said.
So Elize Rostant did, and she
found her calling in art early in an
internship with jewelry designer
Gillian Bishop when she was just
15. The family connection was
hardly tenuous. The late Pat Bishop
was the godmother of her sister
Alyssa; so another Bishop adopting
another Rostant was just part of
the flow between the families.
Elize Rostant would go on to
take her degree in fashion at the
Savannah College of Art and
Design crunching the course of
study into an intensive two-and-
Of all the design paths that the
school trained her for, however, it
seemed that she was always on a
path back to jewelry.
"Even my finals work had these
metallic collars," she recalls with
With formal training in design,
she began to appreciate her mentor
Bishop s work even more.
"I m always inspired by her
work; you ll see a gem hanging off
the piece by just a little wire.
The young artist returned to
T&T and took up a job at the Min-
istry of Arts and Multiculturalism
to render the compensatory service
that her scholarship called for.
"Last year I realised that I hadn t
done anything for two years, and
it was really time to do some-
The show that resulted from
that first return to her art met
with mixed results.
"My last collection included
feathers, which people liked, but
didn t buy," Rostant confessed.
But the young jeweller isn t
daunted and will present her work,
alongside other work by Christine
Lorde and Gillian Bishop, at the
Christmas Bazaar by Signature
2000, Gold, Frankincense and
Myrrh 3.0 beginning at the Hotel
Normandie on December 8.
Potential buyers will see in her
new work an enthusiasm for
colour and textures expressed
using beads made of glass, acrylic
and wood along with fabric and
"I have to be conscious of the
weight of the work when I m
done" she admits with a hearty
laugh. "I m also thinking a lot
more about whether someone will
wear the piece."
During Carifesta in Suriname
she met the husband-and-wife
team behind Atelier Doré
(http://ow.ly/rdFVF) whose work
in silver rekindled her desire to
work with metals again.
Rostant is keen to get behind a
jeweller s bench again, but works
steadily at her dream on a restored
Singer sewing machine which
doubles as a work bench for her
She s working in a humble atel-
ier of her own, a cosy space poised
above her small living room in a
Cascade apartment, the single bulb
burning down on the polished,
weathered wood as she deftly
twists metal filaments and fashions
cascading fingers of beads into
organic shapes that she hopes will
be just the right accessory for a
Visitors to the Signature Christ-
mas bazaar can expect vivid
colours and textures from Elize
Rostant s new collection as well
as an opportunity to get in on the
ground floor of early work from a
promising new jewelry designer.
"I want to produce work that
really expresses me," Rostant says,
"work that s lasting in the world.
This collection will be for the
woman who has style and wants
to make a bold statement with her
Oldies take win
The Old Movies Channel hogs the best movies this week, with BC on TV s
perennial favourite film (or at least half of it) screening too late to take top
spot today (The Godfather Part II, midnight, TCM) as well as a worryingly
relevant political parody (Wag the Dog, 7.30 pm TCM). More modern also-
rans today include last year s all-French
Best Picture (*The Artist, 7.10 pm Max)
and an overlooked bio starring two of
England s best actors (Anthony Hopkins
and Helen Mirren in Hitch, 7 pm
HBOC). In the week, the Old Movies
Channel also has a great black comic
film noir for the night owls (Red Rock
West, 1.20 am Tuesday TCM) and a
contender for Jim Carrey s best role (The
Truman Show, 10.05 pm Wednesday TCM). More recent fare includes two
of last week s picks (*In Bruges, 11 pm Wednesday MaxW, *Bad Santa, 6.45
pm Thursday HBOC) and two other outstanding former picks on Thursday
(The Dark Knight Rises, 9 pm HBOC, Shame, 9 pm Max).
Today's best film:
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick/1968/UK-USA/ Sci-Fi-Mystery-
Adventure/141 mins/Rated G), BEST FILM OF THE WEEK 12.30 midday
Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked the original 1968 Charlton
Heston Planet of the Apes, Open Your Eyes (or Vanilla Sky) or any of the
William Shatner Star Trek movies. A contender for Kubrick s masterpiece
and one of the strongest (partly) American movies ever made---No 22 on the
American Film Institute s 100 Best list ---but it s not a film for the 2 Fast
2 Furious crowd. Long, silent scenes where the viewer is expected to just
watch and try to understand are the order of the day. If you get it, it s a life-
changing film; if you don t, you can always change the channel.
Today and rest of the week:
Michael Collins (Neil Jordan/1996/UK-Ireland/Drama-Biography-Thriller/133
mins/R for language and violence), 5.10 pm today Turner Classic Movies.
Watch this if you liked Veronica Guerin, In the Name of the Father or The
Wind that Shakes the Barley. Neil Jordan s historically accurate biography of
one of the great Irish rebel leaders works completely as drama while providing
an eyebrow-raising account of one of the deliberately forgotten decision
makers in the early days of Ireland s Troubles. Long and rewarding, like a
big Bob Dylan narrative song, but more Black Diamond Bay or Brownsville
Girl than Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands. History so relevant to our own
colonial experience is rarely so approachable; the kind of film that should
be studied for CXCs.
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (Alex Gibney/2012/UK-
USA/ Documentary/106 mins/Not rated but deals with paedophilia) 6 pm
Wednesday HBOC. Watch this if you liked Doubt, The Stoning of Soraya M
or Rabbit-Proof Fence. Not the kind of film that s ever going to be recommended
by your parish priest, Mea Maxima Culpa is an extremely well-researched
documentary setting out how carefully, deliberately---and how very hard---
the Catholic church worked to protect paedophile priests instead of the
children they ruined; and, through some of the best journalism ever, how
that protection went to the very top: the Pope himself. It makes the blood
boil cold. If you watch this and remain Catholic, you care more about the
politics of the afterlife than the torture of the helpless in this one.
Best of the rest: Mon: Breaking and Entering, 8.45 pm MaxW; Tues: Alice
in Wonderland, 7.10 pm HBOF; Wed: Horrible Bosses, 7.15 pm HBO; Thurs:
Brave, 6.40 pm HBOF; Fri: Enter the Dragon, 4.35 pm TCM; Sat: Honey, I
Blew Up the Kid, 7.30 am HBOF.
• Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
2001: A Space Odyssey is probably one of Kubrick's best.
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films
on the Box
Elize Rostant working on pieces
from her Christmas collection at
her Cascade, home.
"I have to be conscious of
the weight of the work
when I'm done" she admits
with a hearty laugh. "I'm
also thinking a lot more
about whether someone
will wear the piece."
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