Today we feature Finola Prescott, Madam Creativity! as our Creative Person of the week. Let’s learn about Island Effect!
Island Effect has two main areas of work – one is her creative products and the other is consulting in micro-biz and community development with a specialization in creative products.
Her history is a mix of business and arts – she worked in accounting mostly prior to studying a BTEC Diploma in Design and then a BA(Hons) in Crafts – these both gave her a wide experience of art, design, making – from graphics, fashion, textiles, 3D, Interior, Art, Contextual Studies, Woodwork, Metalwork and Ceramics – the last two forming her Degrees, along with a dissertation on The History, Current Status and Future Prospects of Crafts in St. Lucia – that was back in 1992.
She came back home to St. Lucia and took up the post of Crafts Development Officer at the Ministry of Community Development, then had two shops selling 100% local arts, crafts gifts – her work since then has been related to creative products – either making them, selling them or training and developing others in the art and business of creative products.
In recent times her business has worked with FAO through Ministry of Agriculture in developing souvenir packaging for agro-products in pottery, basketry and in handmade papers, OECS/OPAAL Project through St. Lucia National Trust, OPSR in various capacities including a review of the Creative Industries for PACE and now involved in Green Waste-Management work with the Hotel sector through The Travel Foundation.
Her creative work now centers around the use of various clays – local red clay for handsculpted tiles and jewelry, Imported fine porcelain and pure silver clays, for jewelry, and polymer clay, cold-porcelain (a homemade clay) and use of handmade papers and fibre pulps (she was a handmade paper maker for 7 years)
She also does event organization in the creative products sector – having done local and regional management of Caribbean Export’s Caribbean Gift and Craft Show, local organization of an Arts Village at various tourism events and many past national expos and shows.
She currently sits as the Founding President of the Creative Development Network – set up to develop the opportunities for authenic local products and as Co-Chair of the Friends of Morne Pavillon – a SLNT Natural and Historical Site.
Check out her blog on http://sunrainor.blogspot.com/