Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 18th 2014 Contents I have no jewellery-making training
whatever. Never went to school. Never
watched a video on YouTube. I have
a great imagination and, if I lay down
for a few minutes, I will see things.
Spirals---I LOVE spirals---and things.
It s all about sacred geometry.
I have no idea what I ll be making
when I start. I CAN T sit down to make
15 pairs of butterfly earrings. Each piece
I make is not calculated. Whatever
material I have will become something.
If it s ten feet of wire, it will become
something; if it s five feet of wire, it
will become something way different.
It depends on the texture of the wire,
the feel of the wire; and my mood.
Every day I sit and make enough
jewellery that would be a day s salary
but we don t have a store, just a home
studio. So we sell at markets and we
get maybe one or two markets for the
month and it s not enough.
I ve met people on my page in
Canada, off-the-grid-type people.
There are a lot of people in Trinidad
on the same page but it s as though
they don t have the capacity to be who
they are or want to be. Because people
in Trinidad judge: something is wrong
with you. That s the vibe I get from
people who, otherwise, would be my
Selling our items abroad, where
people appreciate handmade, would
be a lot easier. Wealthy people all
around the world are buying handmade.
Except in Trinidad!
I have a cousin who isn t creative
at all but, when he comes to my stu-
dio, he says, "Man, I feel to make
something!" That s the best part of
the job. The bad part is, in South, people
say, "That s just junk!" But they pay
top-dollar for mass-produced items.
A little bling and they go mad.
If I m sitting on a bus in Canada
and I hear another Trini speak, I m
instantaneously happy: so, for me, a
Trini is family.
Trinidad & Tobago is who I am.
This is where I ve grown and under-
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"TITLE TO LAND PURSUANT TO SECTION 15 OF THE
REAL PROPERTY ACT CHAPTER 56:02"
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
APPLICATION NO. 35 OF 2011
IN THE MATTER OF THE REAL PROPERTY ACT
IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF CHANDRA
DUNN TO BRING THAT PARCEL OF LAND SITUATE AT
NO. 7 RAMLAL TRACE OFF PREYSAL CROWN TRACE
EAST, CHICKLAND VILLAGE, FREEPORT, IN THE
WARD OF MONTSERRAT, IN THE ISLAND OF
TRINIDAD, COMPRISING FIVE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-
SIX POINT THREE (566.3) SQUARE METRES UNDER
THE PROVISIONS OF THE REAL PROPERTY ACT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an application has been
made by CHANDRA DUNN to have the parcel of land
described in the Schedule hereunder brought under the
provisions of the Real Property Act and that a Judge of the
High Court dealing with the said application has ordered
that Notice of this application be advertised once per week
for four (4) consecutive weeks in at least two daily news-
papers in general circulation in Trinidad and Tobago and
that if no caveat be Iodged within three (3) months of the
date of the first of such advertisements, the Registrar
General may bring the said parcel of land under the provi-
sions of the Real Property Act.
THE SCHEDULE ABOVE REFERRED TO
ALL AND SINGULAR that piece or parcel of land situate in
the Ward of Montserrat, in the County of Caroni, in the
Island of Trinidad, known as No. 7 Ramlal Trace, Off
Preysal Crown Trace East, Chickland Village, Freeport,
comprising five hundred and sixty-six point three (566.3)
square metres, and bounded on the North by lands of
Gungapersad now heirs of Ramsawak, on the South by
Ramlal Terrace and by Lot 8, on the East by lands of
Ashford Ramlal and by lands of Gungapersad now heirs of
Ramsawak and on the West by lands of Ashford Ramlal
and by lands of Ramlal Terrace.
Dated this 25th day of July, 2014.
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for AUGUST 15TH, 2014
Please be advised
of Long Circular Road, St James is no longer employed at the
properties and is not authorized to conduct any business on
behalf of Grafton Beach Resort, Le Grand Courlan Spa
Resort, Buccaneer's Beach Bar & Grill or any Singh's Group
of Companies affiliates.
longer allowed on the premises of same and its affiliates.
My name is Jonathan Mohess and I make wire
I m from San Fernando, born and bred. I m not
putting down South people, but it s hard to be "dif-
ferent" in any way, in South.
Mohess is a Hindu name. My dad is Indian, my
mom is a "Spanish."
My significant other is Heather Ball. We ve been
together for a long time and we will be together
forever. She s Canadian.
I believe in a supreme source but I m not bound
by religion. Religion has been distorted and abused
and, in some cases, is just a tool to control people.
Before we set foot on the Earth, we already know
what we re going to experience. Some people will
be the butcher and some will feel the butcher s knife.
But I don t believe in the Hindu caste system. That s
one of those tools to control people.
In my world, it s not about praying that God will
stop the rain for the cricket; it s about energy: you
project the result you want and it will happen.
You have a choice: to do right and to make better.
We have to struggle to give some meaning to this
I hated school from the beginning. Teachers would
regurgitate material that didn t incorporate how to
grow up and what to face in life. I had a hard time
concentrating in school---but I can sit for eight hours
straight at my table with jewellery. Because you re
not told you have to do it in one certain way. And
that s what school was like.
I started jewellery a year ago but, if I hadn t fallen
victim to---" Sit behind a desk in a suit and tie, and
you will be successful"---I d have had a lot more
experience in jewellery-making. I spent years doing
business administration, then human resource man-
agement, then health & safety.
The harder you try, in this system, the swifter
you re going to be cut down. Especially if you re
genuine. If you fake it and cut people s throats, you ll
reach on top easily!
A year ago, I just walked off the job, went home
and started focusing on jewellery. It was like I walked
through the door, stumbled on a piece of wire and
said, "Hmmm. Let me bend that". When I look back,
I can see it was some really lame pieces, but that s
how my work started.
The art of divergence
TRINI TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
Jonathan Mohess is
unsure about religion
but certain about
PHOTO: HEATHER BALL
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