Pan Round De Neck Up until the 1950’s, ‘Pan round the neck’ bands were the traditional types of steelbands in Trinidad and Tobago. At the time, their function was to accompany the street processions of the annual Carnival festivities, and so pannists had to be able to walk and play the pan at the same time. Straps were attached to holes on opposite ends of the lip of the steel drums, and slung around the neck or shoulder. The name was in reference to the way the pans were carried.
The Caribbean Carnival Blue Devil The Devil masqueraders are some of the traditional characters of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival celebrations, and have been around since 1888. The ‘Blue Devil’ is one of the more popular characters, and their performance often includes fire eating, or fire breathing. Flammable liquids are blown from the mouth through a flambeaux (torch), usually fashioned into the shape of a pitch fork, or blown at a glass bottle filled with gasoline with a thick wick attached, thereby creating a plume of fire.
About The Artist
Artist Statement “Making Art” is my oxygen, the thing that keeps me sane. Bio Inspired by parents who designed and created costumes for Carnival competitions inTrinidad, I have been involved in creating art in one way or another from an early age, ranging from costume designs to murals from fabric, string, and found items. I love natural things, especially wood, even termite eaten wood, and I find seeds, pods, bark etc., artistically interesting.
I am a Desktop Publisher/Designer by profession, but designing and creating works of art is my passion. Music, color, and movement, are my sources of inspiration, and I often draw from my past experiences as a bass player to transfer the rhythms of steel band music into my poems, and unto my canvases. Although I work predominantly with acrylics, oils, and pencil, any medium that’s handy at the moment my creativity is stimulated will do, and my art figures are examples of another avenue where I express my love for music and costume designs.