Thursday, November 17, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cheap ting is good ting

Saturday November 5th 2011

Early Bird Christmas SALE!!!

Cheap Ting is Good Ting

@ Suede Molte Art Studio
#33 Abercromby Street, St. Joseph

9am - 6pm

Come with your drawing tools as drawing will be happening on the outside of the studio.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

PLAY BY PLAY: SEED - the journey

1st October, 2011
6:00 - 8:00pm
@ the Studio

SEED - the journey
This is the title of the works on show.
glass prints and drawings

work will be on sale, cash only starting at $50.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TallMan's Visit

The Visit

A Mother's Dream, A Child's Destiny

By Sateesh Maharaj

Many of us consider ourselves dreamers, but few of us act upon our dreams. One night, Rachael Charles had a dream so vivid, she knew it would chart the course of her family's destiny.

Speaking to the Express at the newly launched Suede Molte Art Studio at 33 Abercromby Street, St Joseph, Charles explained the genesis of the name.

"The name Suede Molte came from a dream I had about eight years ago. I am not a dreamer. I don't say that I dreamt this and it meant something. But I had a dream where I was in this fantastic house upstairs and one could look down into the foyer. While I was scrutinising the house, I saw a mat of rainbow colours. On the mat was written 'Suede Molte'. In the dream, I sat on the mat and said 'Suede Molte'. A voice then said to me as long as I sit on this mat, whatever I do will be successful.

"I kept the name, even though I didn't have any business at the time. About six years ago, I started a stationery shop and used the name Suede Molte. It was registered, and so everything we did after that used the name. My son started a business called Suede Molte Finishings and, now, my daughter had this dream of starting an art studio, and we decided to use the name Suede Molte for it."

Using a computer program, Charles summarised the translation of Suede Molte to mean "success".

"[The program] gave some lines like, 'You will run circles around your competition', so I just say it means success."

Her daughter, Jemima Charles, artist and owner of the art studio, also had a dream but one based on a reality shown to her.

"At age seven, I knew what I wanted to artist," smiled Jemima Charles. "From that time till now, I've been working on it. I went to UWI (University of the West Indies) where I completed a degree in Visual Arts, and I am now teaching at the secondary school level. My students have been asking me if I could teach them outside school. A lot of people in the community ask if I can teach their children. I decided to find a place where I could practise my art, teach the public and have events and conversations concerning art."

She added: "At primary school, I did a drawing and my art teacher said, 'Oh my gosh, that is excellent! You should be an ar-tist.' She gave me that confidence and opened a whole new world for me."

Jemima said her parents also encouraged her and fostered an environment for her talent to grow.

"We were a young family. My mom and dad used their hands a lot to get by. She would crochet and sell. She would sew shoulder pads, we would package them and then she would go out and sell."

She said her confidence to sell her works also came in primary school where she would sell drawings of flowers for 25 cents.

"Children would hound me down every day for this drawing of a flower. Seeing my parents working with their hands and making a profit from was just second nature for me to do the same and open my own studio."

The younger Charles says she conducts art classes at the St Joseph venue where students can learn drawing, sculpture, soap-making, crochet, macramé and other "old-school" genres of art. Children's workshops are held on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Jemima says she displays the works, so she can bring art to the people and offers the workshops, so people have an opportunity to try their hand at art.

"If you want to see art, come into my studio. If you want to do art, come into my studio. It is a full experience."

Jemima said being an artist has been challenging, but she has learned to make it work for her. She said after leaving secondary school, she had no idea what her next step would be. She said there are business and technology institutions, so school-leavers who are interested in those fields know where to go, but with art, there was a hunt to find direction. Now, she hopes to help those who want to follow an artistic path when they have left school.

"I have to create my opportunities. This is why I am starting here. I realise that I can profit from art." In 2008, she went to Japan using money raised from the sale of her works.

Launched on May 21, the space is actually a cocoa house, complete with "rolling roof", which has been converted into a studio. She hopes to eventually have a larger studio and, possibly, her own school for the arts.

Jemima believes connectivity inspires her to create.

"I try to connect to different things in life: my experiences as a female, an artist, a young person growing up in society. Right now, I am focusing on the Caribbean form and the head. I look to local faces for inspiration. Masked faces are actually interesting to me right now."

Rachael Charles said as a mother, she understood what her daughter wanted to do with her life at that tender age.

"She made it clear. In secondary school at a parent-teacher meeting, the art teacher said something that put my mind to rest. She said art was everything, from the watch you are wearing to the buildings we lived in. I knew my daughter could do this. I knew she would make it. I couldn't at that time say how, but I was there to support her in whatever way we could. She couldn't work and go to university at the same time, so her father and I took care of her. When she could work, she did; we supported her and, now, it is paying off."

—Please call 762-0364 for further information about Suede Molte studio.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Join us on facebook - ATAM

Cheap Ting iz Good Ting - Alternative Market


Artisans promote alternative commerce

Menswear by CHIZ*L.

“Cheap ting is good ting,” is the bold assertion of a group of local artisans, who have teamed up to produce an alternative travelling art market (or ATAM), starting on July 1 at 11 Murray Street in Woodbrook. The Cheap Ting iz Good Ting! market was conceptualised by artist Michelle Isava. “The idea is a market for alternative commerce. It’s about investing in the consumer as much as she or he is expected to invest in the product—and so everyone should profit,” She explained.

A release from the collective said: “We Trinis are bred with the watch words ‘cheap ting no good’ and so easily fall prey to modern consumerist trend-baiting, spending exorbitant amounts on whatever ‘wearing now.” The Cheap Ting arts market “seeks to invest in the consumer by using unconventional methods that the everyday bargain-hunter would be drawn to.”

The assortment of products and services to be featured includes fashion, art and craft, food, jewelry, bags, pottery, sculpture, hand-made curios, second-hand haberdashery and books, do-it-yourself items, live entertainment, reflexology, and a resource of materials for artists producing recycled art.

Some of the innovative ideas behind the initiative include:
• Bartering—trading products/services for others.
• Haggling—allowing prices to be negotiable.
• “Early-bird” pricing—special prices before 12 noon.
• “Buy-Me-Out” pricing—reduced prices late in the day.
The growing list of vendors taking part in the arts market includes:
• The Cloth, designed by Robert Young, currently celebrating its 25th year as a local fashion label that champions culture and humanity.
• Aya Impression, a collection of handmade items by Olivia Fern, including jewelry, bags, and a variety of accessories.
• Gaea Photography, featuring compositions of natural, cultural, and inanimate beauty, from around T&T, Venezuela, Jamaica, Ireland, and Peru, also by Fern.
• Artist Jemima Charles, whose media range from clay sculpture to batik lamp shades.
• Portrait artist Brianna McCarthy, whose work recently graced the cover of ARC Art magazine.
• CHIZ*L Mensware by Ivaek Archer: designer novelty underwear, fresh off the runway of Tobago Fashion Weekend 2011
• Artist: Renu.
• Designer: Jafar.
• Cheap Ting founder, Michelle Isava.

The event launch event will feature a mini-fashion show at 6 pm with live drumming and entertainment from Ozy Merique, poets and other performers.

• Hours of business will be: July 1, 4 pm-8 pm; July 2, 9 am-6 pm; and July 3, 11 am-6 pm. Interested people may call 762-0364 or visit the market’s blog on Facebook, Cheap Ting iz Good Ting.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Studio Events

Young men trying their hands @ drawing

1st Kids' Art World event: the kids leaving beaming with pride

Mono prints: 1st to be produced @ the studio space :)

Studio opening

Take from Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

New art studio opens in St Joseph

Published: Wed, 2011-06-01 21:59
Charles, right, describes her work in the painting Tree Of Life to Renn Boodoosingh.

There is a new art gallery in town. Well actually its on Abercromby Street in St Joseph, and is the brainchild of artist Jemima Charles to showcase her work. Suede Molte Art Studio was officially opened on May 21 and T&T Guardian photographer Marcus Gonzales brought back these highlights.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Thanks for all those who came out to my launch Saturday 21st May, and all the visits during the week.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Opening soon - Suede Molte Art Studio


Launch of Suede Molte Art Studio

33 Abercromby Street, St. Joseph

Saturday 21st May 2011

6:30 - 8:30pm

Founded by Jemima and Rachael Charles
contact: 762 -0364 Jemima

see map attached.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CONES goes Colombia

So if you have been reading my blog you would know that my artistic concept is based on CONNECTIVITY. You would also know that cones relates to the way an individual perceives colour and the sharing of these perceptions in the form of drawings on cones. Cones goes Colombia took place August 2010 in the capital city Bogota. Basically I would draw on a cone and find one individual whom I had interacted with, (which left an impressionable mark on my experience), and I would leave my drawing with them. This individual would then draw on a cone and leave it with me this created a connection and sharing of one's perception to colour and the experience.