In 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam was crowned Miss Universe. It was a proud moment for Trinidad and Tobago as she was the second Trinidadian to receive the title. But if one remembers, Ms. Fitzwilliam wore a Hibiscus in her hair. The Hibiscus is the national flower of Hawaii and it also thrives in Trinidad and Tobago.
In Caribbean folk medicine, the flowers are used for herbal tea remedies for ailments such as high blood pressure or constipation. Chows are also made. There are many varieties or grafted variations of this tropical scrub, but in 1988 many Hibiscus trees were devastated by the pink mealy bug infestation. -thebookmann
Richard Bolai lives and works from Trinidad, West Indies. He is a bookbinder,Graphic designer and the author of thebookmann, which from 2004, has written and photographed independently aspects of Trinidad and Tobago's art culture.
In 2008, he began a series of self studies called Feinin which incorporated digital superpositions of artists who have left a mark in art history by using the internet as the core of reference. He also produced parodies relating to anthropological studies of Trinidad and Tobago, for example, folklore or observations of the society via class and stereotypes
The work then expanded by actually creating dimensional replicas, capturing a map over the subjects to explore the underling subconscious in the form of art. This aided the ability to analyze art by producing art parodies to understand the meaning behind it. No money was spent or assistance in producing these compositions from common items found in his home, a chair, a mirror, or old tyre.