Tourism meets art as Antigua & Barbuda Live spotlights 3 rising designers at Art Week Exhibit

Tourism meets art as Antigua & Barbuda Live spotlights 3 rising designers at Art Week Exhibit

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Saint Johnโ€™s, Antigua and Barbuda: As Art Week is celebrated in the Caribbean island, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Live has introduced three young fashion designers who are showcasing their designs to the world. The exhibition has been organised at the VC Bird International Airport and is scheduled to conclude on April 22, 2023.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Live updated the general public that as travellers to Antigua and Barbuda and visitors to the airport enter the airport arrivals hall, they will see, in addition to an extensive visual arts display featuring over twenty pieces of artwork, fashion by Launesha Barnes, Nicoya Henry and Garrett Javan.

As per the social media update by the tourism page, the introduction of the artists is as follows:

๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ ๐—ž. ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ has a deep love and connection to various art forms. She describes herself as a sort of โ€œmood designerโ€, where inspiration flows through various faรงades such as emotions, the atmosphere, etc. and manifests itself in different media, including literary arts, visual arts, and fashion, lending to an aesthetic fortified with a subtle avant-garde quirk, and an understated edge.

Her display during Antigua and Barbuda Art Week will be work from her TAOTM (The Architecture of the Transcendent Mind) Collection. Inspired by 1904 built Gunthropes Sugar Factory in Antigua, the collection seeks to convey the central processes that led to the revolution and the evolution of a people. The collection is a showcase of the strength, independence, and intricacies of the mind to greater thoughts.

๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฎ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฟ๐˜† is a fashion creative who discovered her love for fashion, art and modelling in her early years at the Antigua Girls High School. She has been a part of several art competitions, numerous fashion shows as a model and fashion show competitions as a designer. Today she creates under her own brand, “NHD” – Nicoya Henry Designs, which she has been and is continuing to develop through her own personal self-development projects. โ€œI design for a woman who wants to look and feel chic, luxurious and sexyโ€, says Henry.

Her Antigua and Barbuda Art Week display piece was inspired by 2021/2022 met gala theme, โ€œGilded Glamourโ€. Henry says, โ€œAs a designer, a part of me always loved creating couture pieces, so this was me challenging myself to create something fit for the red carpet apart from my usual aesthetic.โ€

House of Argentโ€™s ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜ ๐—๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป has revealed ‘PURGATORY’, a piece from his 2024 collection at the Antigua and Barbuda Art Week.

House of Argent is a realisation of dreams. An embodiment and extension of Argent himself. He expresses himself through various mediums. He uses materials around him, manipulating them based on his emotion towards them, people or generally my surroundings.

House of Argent 2024 fall collection VYTCH is an exploration of various mediums and materials. The collection heavily centres on the ideal of life and death, mortality and morbidity. The first piece, dubbed as ‘PURGATORY’, is a full exploration of the Avant-Garde. The design is made of plastic straws (5000 pieces) as well as organza and cancan tulle. The piece is subject to interpretation. However, the creator, Argent, wishes to advise the true essence behind the piece solely rests on his emotion at the time and train of thought due to the health crisis he, with the grace of God, lives through. The Hive of many souls, many moons, many stories.