Hello Carnival Enthusiasts!
I’ve been wanting to talk about wire bending for ages, but I hadn’t found the appropriate material. Two weeks ago I had the serendipitous gift of a meeting with an elder who made that a reality. I talked recently with Mr. Narcenio “Señor” Gomez at his home in Port-of-Spain. Señor Gomez is 81-years-old and he began learning the art of wire bending at age 10. Wire bending is one of the basic foundations of modern mas that transformed ideas and inspirations from mere images in one’s mind into carnival costumes on the road. Tomorrow I’ll give you some of Mr. Gomez’ steps on how it was done in the past and what they do now, but I just wanted to share a tiny bit about this great, dear gentleman.
Mr. Gomez, as I said, has been involved in wire bending since he was a boy in Port-of-Spain. His parents were…
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