Issue 63 (September/October 2003)

We discover the impassioned and delightful style of artist Lisa O’Connor, travel to St Vincent, Grenada and the Grenadines, meet classical conductor Kwamé Ryan and talk to legendary Jamaican record producer Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd plus all our regular departments and a whole lot more.

Common thread: Caribbean fashion

Spiritually as well as geographically, the territories of the Caribbean are thousands of miles away from haute couture centres like Paris, Milan, or New York. But despite the absence of glitzy showcases for their work, talented, ambitious local fashion designers create garments chic enough to deserve a place on international catwalks, yet decidedly adapted to the everyday rhythms of island life. Photographer Sean Drakes captures 11 designers from Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Bahamas on their home ground, and discovers that a passion or style and hunger for success links them all
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Lisa O'Connor in her natural habitat- outdoors, behind an easel. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Lisa O’Connor: the ecstatic eye

The brilliant colours and energetic impasto of Lisa O’Connor’s paintings are utterly distinctive, and her work is eagerly sought after by Caribbean collectors. Mariel Brown gets to know the upbeat Trinidadian artist, and wonders about the forces that drive her impassioned brush
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Photograph by Mike Toy

Easy in the Islands

Near the southern end of the Caribbean archipelago, St Vincent, Grenada, and the dozens of tiny Grenadine Islands between them are close enough to be covered in a single trip, yet they are divided into two nations, and offer a pleasing variety of experiences. Skye Hernandez starts in St Vincent and works her way south, savouring these islands' relaxing flavours
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