West art show closes

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI Feed­back: litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­jisun. com.fj Edited by Naisa Koroi

For­mer jour­nal­ist, Sere­ana Naulivou, is en­cour­ag­ing women to come out and dis­play their hid­den tal­ents eco­nom­i­cally.

The 60-year-old was part of the Western Crafts Ex­hi­bi­tion held at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park the psat week. “A lot of wo­man do not re­alise they have some hid­den tal­ents and I en­cour­age them to try and use things that are around them,” she said. “I am look­ing around and I see the dif­fer­ent art­works and hand­i­works that are on dis­play and on sale. There is a lot of tal­ent around here. “This can also gen­er­ate in­come, just by mak­ing use of what’s avail­able,” she said. Ms Naulivou had ear­rings and neck­laces on show which she made out of re­cy­cled pa­per and other re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. “This is my con­tri­bu­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment, out of pa­per. Plas­tic bot­tles and this time coconut shells, re­cy­cled pa­pers,” she said. The re­tired jour­nal­ist who worked in the 1970s also worked with non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions ‘Part­ners in Com­mu­nity’ to share her knowl­edge of mak­ing re­cy­cled jew­elleries with women in the in­te­rior of Raki­raki.

“I spent a cou­ple of days teach­ing the vil­lagers to make pa­per jewellery. This was af­ter I was ap­proached by a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Part­ners in Com­mu­nity. They work with the com­mu­nity and in part­ner­ship with the Fiji Arts Coun­cil. She taught women in three vil­lages - Nabukadra, Saioko and Nado­goloa - and they have for the first time been part of the Western Art ex­hi­bi­tion.

“This time the vil­lagers have come to be part of the Fi­jian Hand­i­craft Show, and in this expo they have to ex­hibit what they have learned,” she said.

Ms Naulivou had ear­rings and neck­laces on show which she made out of re­cy­cled pa­per and other re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

For­mer jour­nal­ist Sere­ana Naulivou.

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