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Having carnival and arts in her genes, from youth Halima “played” and created ‘mas’ (masquerade), places include; Liverpool, London and Trinidad &Tobago. Now also a Holistic Therapist, her contribution to paying homage is ‘Keeping the art alive,’ linking art with holistic therapy. Being of service and sharing with diverse groups collectively adds to the individual’s reservoir of knowledge, and her own. She feels passionately that creative expression is equal to academia.
Halima initially studied performance, then six consecutive years full-time in fashion, theatre and costume design (BA Hons). She used her qualifications to help others earn the NCFE certificate in Fashion & Design with Brent Adult and Community Education Service; a Youth Worker/Fashion & Design Tutor with Brent Youth Service; taught fashion and art with Hillingdon Council; creatively directed fashion shows; and was a Visual Merchandiser in various fashion outlets.
Crossing different genres, Halima designs theatrical costumes for performances such as “Our Towns Story” at The Millennium Dome, and “Oliver” at the Compass Theatre. Halima produces carnival costumes throughout the country, some with London’s Mahogany Mas Band (1994-97); for Notting Hill, Euro 96 Ceremonies and The” Voice” newspaper’s Carnival float. She created and collaborated on costumes worldwide with; Showcase Int, D’ Midas TT and Int Soca Monarchs for Skinny Fabulous in Trinidad & Tobago. Currently, she creatively directs fashion photography with Big Flash Studio; designs fashion/costumes; is a Fashion Stylist; and since 2009 works alongside the successful touring Mas Band ‘Rampage’.
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