A chance encounter with Teddy

Soul Adventurers….oh my dear dear Soul Adventurers 

I have have a treasure to share with you. Really, for all those who have been lurking on the art scene like yours truly, this is not a secret at all, but, for those who may be new to the island or  who are living under a rock I would like to make a Grenada Soul Adventurer introduction to artistic Soul Adventurer Teddy Dwight Frederick.

image

(From his recent exhibit “The Opposite of Orange”)

The story, nee the tale of the magical adventure goes something like this…

Last week Thursday I decided  to treat myself to a slice of Sweet Tradition’s Outrageous Chocolate Cake (I cannot make these cake names up!). Carnival was over and I no longer was under the pressure to accomplish the less than enviable task of fitting into a rather sexy little number to jump up in Spice Mas 2014 (I was successful for anyone who wondered).

While sitting down and tucking into the said cake and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ’ The Great Gatsby’ simultaneously, Teddy walked up to my table. Teddy is no stranger but we are not exactly old friends either. I have spoken to him before since in Grenada people who agitate in similar circles sort of kind of give themselves license to interact freely as if we are companions.

What was initiated by a friendly ‘hihowareyou’ exchange evolved into him taking a seat. We began to chat casually yet not so casually, the conversation was so sweet I no longer need the said cake. I was now consumed in the business of something more nutritious, food for the spirit. 

One thing lead to the other and I asked him about his studio space that I had heard about. Chris and Lilo the dynamic artistic duo:Caribbean clothing designers and creators of the whimsical world of Art Fabrik,  his fairy artist good mothers as Teddy calls them, decided support Teddy’s amazing gift by providing him with a space to create in. 

' Are you doing anything now? You wanna check it out?'.

My being could muster no single hesitation. I  packed up my cake and book and within 5 minutes I found myself immersed, not overwhelmingly so, in his work at the rustic, industrial looking studio.

image

(Teddy at his space on Young Street) 

We observed his work and chatted about his journey to and through art, about how he never used his engineering degree a single day, about his ‘Blue Period’ and about his ‘no plan’ plan for the future. Teddy is a conceptual multidisciplinary artist, his work is abstract and fresh. With his pieces he takes you on adventures into a realm his mind creates, he maintains what Asher Mains calls a narrative, and you cannot resist it’s hoover like quality . Teddy gets intense, not overwhelmingly so, seductively so.

image

(Self Portrait of Teddy from “The Opposite of Orange’)

I have been to two of his recent exhibits  and what I appreciate is that on opening night he takes time to communicate with his audience just before he reveals his work. He tells us what has inspired the collection and what inspires him as an artist. Grenada holds a fertile energy for the creative soul. However, many do not have the luxury, under the pressure of the economic crisis, to digest or even view the work that brilliant creatives like Teddy produce. There are just more immediate concerns for the majority of Grenadian people (I will not apologize for digressing). Therefore it is important for the artist to gently lead his or her audience into the realm he or she has created through his or her work, and Teddy just gets that. 

image

(Teddy explains on opening night of “The Opposite of Orange”)

In his most recent exhibit:  'The Opposite of Orange' Teddy created a fresh blend of the various artistic disciplines: performance art, painting and photography to produce life like images of painted people that at first blush look like paintings. The majority of the pieces were blue, an homage to Picasso’s blue period and Teddy’s own past melancholy phase. He drew on the talent of member of the Writers Association of Grenada to narrate what his images evoked within them and adding a deeper dimension to his pieces. Teddy also gets that not everyone has the means to buy an original and so to facilitate those of us with the more  (eh hemmmmm) shallow pockets he sold post card sized reproductions of the pieces being exhibited with a narrative on the back.

image

(small postcard reproductions from “The Opposite of Orange”)

After viewing some of  his work at the studio I instinctively pulled out the rest of my Outrageous Chocolate cake. This chance encounter had to celebrated with cake! One moment I was at Sweet Traditions trying to avoid eye contact with the other patrons and the next I was sitting on that exquisite sofa listening to Teddy practice cords on his guitar strung into a musical composition, all while sharing energy with him, with his creations. It is an alternate universe, a break from the monotony into a world created from ideas and emotions- Teddys ideas and emotions.  

(out take from the Floatography Exhibit

image

image

(Teddy with his Fairy artist God Mothers)

§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§

Teddy’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTeddydfrederick

#GrenadaSoulAdventurer turns 1 today! 
A year ago on a night much like this the idea for a blog that celebrated enthusiasm for island living in Grenada was born. Since then I have met so many beautiful souls and reconnected with old friends through the spirit of adventure.

It has been a magical ride! Thanks to everyone who follows this journey via social media, I am feeling the love guys! I am feeling the love!! @kcsarwan @irie_kingston @ras473 @okromain @msychrissyy @dremorgan @toribunni!!! Thanks for the countless Soul Adventures!! Here is to many more *raises bottle of water*

#GrenadaSoulAdventurer turns 1 today!
A year ago on a night much like this the idea for a blog that celebrated enthusiasm for island living in Grenada was born. Since then I have met so many beautiful souls and reconnected with old friends through the spirit of adventure.

It has been a magical ride! Thanks to everyone who follows this journey via social media, I am feeling the love guys! I am feeling the love!! @kcsarwan @irie_kingston @ras473 @okromain @msychrissyy @dremorgan @toribunni!!! Thanks for the countless Soul Adventures!! Here is to many more *raises bottle of water*

The Prodigal Adventure Blogger

It has been ages since I have actively blogged. Truth be told, I got caught up, I got caught up with life and the pursuit of my career. It has been an adjustment from sleeping and waking as I pleased (compounded by anxiety of permanent unemployment) to getting back into a routine. A lot of my energy was focused on getting back into the grove and to be honest with things changing so drastically I was exhausted. For a while I was also working on weekends and so my adventuring was at an all time low.

Today I feel balanced, I am getting the hang of working during the week and  playing hard on the weekends. Its hasherday and I am beyond excited about what surprised lay ahead on the trail. I love that in hashing! you are never quite sure where you are or where you are going….but you are taking it all in and enjoying it all the same. Hashing is a great way to meet fun loving and adventurous people who don’t take themselves too seriously. If you have never heard of hashing I posted about it a long time ago (http://grenadasouladventurer.tumblr.com/post/55272492708/on-on) (psssst…you can hash almost anywhere in the world).

Tomorrow we have an epic soul adventure planned, a friend of mine is visiting and I feel compelled to share my enthusiasm for adventure and Grenada. Also, Miss Irie got a go pro and she is pretty stoked to use it (and I am pretty stoked too).

I am not sure when I will be blogging again (my laptop has finally packed in…I swear my technology is rebelling against me) but I am quite the active instagrammer. You can follow my shenanigans there @grenadasouladventurer. (will work on linking those posts back to here too).

Peace and Bliss

Grenada Soul Adventurer

The #instameet is this Sunday 19.01.14 at #balthazarriver at 2pm! Hosted by @victoriavolcik and I. Bring a snack or a drink! I am making #friedplantain (because I have been on a plantain binge all week!). Come out! Take pictures and show the instagram community how we do in the #Spiceisle #Grenada. If you have any questions don’t hesistate to contact any of us. Xoxo #GrenadaSoulAdventurer

The #instameet is this Sunday 19.01.14 at #balthazarriver at 2pm! Hosted by @victoriavolcik and I. Bring a snack or a drink! I am making #friedplantain (because I have been on a plantain binge all week!). Come out! Take pictures and show the instagram community how we do in the #Spiceisle #Grenada. If you have any questions don’t hesistate to contact any of us. Xoxo #GrenadaSoulAdventurer