Ribbon Rouge Presents: Lisa Lowe

Hello everyone!  It’s the final week before we get to celebrate art, fashion, music and passion!  In just FIVE short days we will be holding our annual Ribbon Rouge Gala!  This year’s theme is QUEEN: Women who inspire and motivate us to be difference makers in our community.  Please remember to get your tickets for Ribbon Rouge online here.  And if you can’t make the show this weekend please donate instead!

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This final week we are super excited to share more of our great artists and performers with your.  Today we are showcasing Lisa Lowe: our amazing hair beautician!  Lisa will be working with our models to make them look amazing on the runway by applying her unique sense of style!  She also has a booth where you can have her style your hair for a small fee.  Check out our interview with Lisa to get a sense of what she’s all about.


Ribbon Rouge: Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself and your history/ what you think is important about who you are?

Lisa Lowe: My name is Lisa Lowe I was born in Jasper and my parents moved to Devon when I was two as they bought the theater. As soon as I was done high school I went directly to N.A.I.T. to become a Beautician as I always knew that was what I wanted to do. For the past twenty seven years I have been a hair stylist in Devon and the last twenty years of that I have had my own mobile full salon hair care business (Lisa’s Mobile Hair Service), taking me anywhere and everywhere making people beautiful.  I am an independent female who has survived the world on her own and has recently decided to take on another project of building my own salon so that my clients have another option.

RR: What do you stand for?

LL: In my business I stand for perfection in hair styling and excellence in customer service.

In my personal life I stand for the treatment of others with respect, dignity and honour. I value my friendships in the highest regards.

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RR: Our theme this year is QUEEN! It is an ode to powerful women who have positively influenced us by their lives. What does this mean to you?

LL: How do you feel about femininity/ womanhood/ the state of affairs of women’s rights in our country?

I feel females in other countries are far worse off than Canadian women but there is still a barrier for the female to be treated equally as the males and while I can’t begin to know how other women feel as we have it far easier in Canada than most.

RR: Who is your Queen (inspiration)? Why?

LL: I can’t pick one Queen/inspiration as I meet people on a daily basis that inspire me.

RR: Tell us about your art?

LL: I’m so lucky that every day I go to work I get to create my art and follow my passion. But it doesn’t end there; I love to create a variety of different types of art. Most recently I designed a dress made all out of flowers.

RR: What does it mean to you?

LL: I see the immediate positive effects of my art in the joy and happiness that I help create in my clients and the positive self-image that comes from.

 

RR: Your advice to women?

LL: Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do something because women can do anything!

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RR: What does Ribbon Rouge mean to you?

LL: A celebration of creativity and a chance to see how diverse and creative we all can be! It’s a gathering of many people that want to help forward our thinking in the way the world treats females.

RR: Where can we find you/ more of your work?

LL: www.facebook.com/lisasmobilehairservice

instagram:lisasmobilehairservice

Twitter: @lisasmobilehair

Or call 780-987-4628


Lisa will be on hand at her booth at the Ribbon Rouge Gala and can do your hair for a small fee!  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. You can buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015 online here.  The show will start at 7pm sharp this year.

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When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm SHARP

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns     

Ribbon Rouge Presents: Mode Models

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I’m back with another feature of one of premiere partners, and some great friends at Mode Models!  Each year Mode Models contributes to our Ribbon Rouge Gala with an amazing assortment of local designers and amazing models and this year is no different.  We are so proud to welcome them back again this year and to include such dedicated and supportive partners and friends in our show.  Mode Models is truly an amazing organization with an international presence that is also a local agency here in the city!


Ribbon Rouge: Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself and your history/ what you think is important about who you are?

Mode Models: Mode Models is an international modeling agency that discovers, promotes and represents talent at the highest levels of the industry. Mode’s men and women have modeled fashions for virtually every top designer on the planet and through mode’s extensive network of relationships with other agencies, models are “placed” with companies like Women, IMG, Elite, and DNA in foreign markets. Thriving local markets in Alberta keep models busy when they return home. Some models, like Tricia Helfer, Jason Thompson and Kate Nauta, have turned their modeling success into acting careers and now star in major motion pictures and television shows. Mode Models offers more than just a service or product; it symbolizes opportunity. With tremendous clout and vast experience the agency stands as a door – an access point through which the best clients encounter the greatest talents.

RR: What do you stand for?

MM: Visionary, chic, ethical, audacious – these are the diverse words that describe mode models, a perennial name in the world of fashion.

RR: Our theme this year is QUEEN! It is an ode to powerful women who have positively influenced us by their lives. What does this mean to you?

MM: Powerful women are at the core of everything we do at Mode Models. For us, a QUEEN is a women with a purpose, a strong work ethic, and compassion for others.

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RR: How do you feel about femininity/ womanhood/ the state of affairs of women’s rights in our country?

MM: We see ourselves surrounded by strong intelligent women that are moving their causes forward in every area!

RR: Who is your Queen (inspiration)? Why?

MM: The women is our lives! We’re so lucky to be surrounded by them!

RR: Tell us about your art?

MM: Our art is finding the unique beauty in every new young woman we work with!

RR: What does it mean to you?

MM: It means giving opportunities and fostering talents in our local community, something we are very passionate about.

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RR: Your advice to women?

MM: Find what makes you special and celebrate what is unique about you!

RR: What does Ribbon Rouge mean to you?

MM: A chance to make a change!

RR: Where can we find you/ more of your work?

MM: www.modemodels.com

Facebook: Mode Models International

Twitter: @modemodels

Instagram: @modemodelsintl

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Mode Models will once again be a huge part of this year’s show and will be flaunting their talent on the catwalks at this year’s Gala. Join them on on November 28st, 2015 at Ribbon Rouge in Edmonton!   Don’t forget to buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015!  Tickets can be purchased online here.

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When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns  

Ribbon Rouge Presents: Nasra Adem

Today we are excited to share another local talent and gem of the community: Nasra Adem!  Nasra will be presenting spoken word poetry for us at Ribbon Rouge this year but she is involved in so much more – she is a singer, actress, dancer, poet and gentle soul all in one.  She is one amazing and talented local artist that we are so proud to feature at Ribbon Rouge this year!


Ribbon Rouge: Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself and your history/ what you think is important about who you are?

My name is Nasra Abdusamed Adem and I’m a 21 year old dancer, singer, actress and spoken word poet based in Edmonton, Alberta. I am first generation Canadian, my mother and father immigrated to Canada about 22 years ago from Dire Dawa, Ethiopia originally. I have been actively pursuing an artistic life for about 2 years and it’s been the best decision I’ve made to date. As of late, I’ve been working hard to redefine what I find important about myself; shedding layers of superficial values and societal conditionings and getting to the root of my being. My African ancestry/culture and my passion in love and in art are what I believe to be most important about who I am.

RR: What do you stand for?

NA: I stand for radical love and art/thinking that moves the world forward.

RR: Our theme this year is QUEEN! It is an ode to powerful women who have positively influenced us by their lives. What does this mean to you?

NA: Any celebration of powerful womanhood moves me. I have actively been looking to women at the top of my artistic/academic fields for guidance and inspiration because there is an innate magic in women, in queens, that does not exist anywhere else. I think it is vital that we have events like this to continue to build sisterhoods of strong women who understand their value and capacities for greatness.

RR: How do you feel about femininity/ womanhood/ the state of affairs of women’s rights in our country?

NA: I think Canada is able to provide a relatively safe and sustainable standard of living for most women, but this does not mean women/femininity are not under attack. Today, there are countless murdered and missing Indigenous women that garner, up until recently, little to no media attention or outcry. Muslim women, only a month ago, were fighting to protect their right to freely practice their faith; a right so widely celebrated as Canadian. On average, every 6 days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner, and almost a quarter of women (and children) that seek safety in emergency shelters, are turned away because adequate space is not provided. We are living in a historically patriarchal/woman hating world and it is important to recognize that no country is exempt from these thinkings and behaviors. I am disappointed by how Canada treats it’s women. And I can say that because I truly believe that progress is the constant challenging of what we find acceptable. So I will continue to challenge the status quo and hold the leaders of this country accountable. There have been and still are women in Canada shaking, moving and healing each other and the communities around them and I salute them and those that work to protect them. But it is important to acknowledge that there is more work to be done.

RR: Who is your Queen (inspiration)? Why?

NA: My mama! No doubt. She is by far the most powerful woman I have ever met. Her light, her joy, her awkwardness, her resilience, her beauty, her grind, her black woman magic…every part of her inspires me daily. She is my #1 fan and my rock. And the most difficult person to write a poem about. I have yet to see her face an obstacle she can not tackle and she humbles me every day with her strength and intelligence. I am growing every day because of her love.

RR: Tell us about your art?

NA: My art is evolving daily. I’m a multidisciplinary artist which in short means I can’t (refuse to) choose one medium to express myself. I studied musical theatre at Macewan, have been dancing for a few years and fell in love with spoken word poetry about 2 yeas ago. As of right now I work primarily as an actor and poet in the city. After a recent transformative trip to NYC, my writing has been very focused on topics that touch nerves at the core of my being; various traumas I had been avoiding and social justice issues I had been too fearful to speak up about. My relationship with my art is becoming an unapologetic one. One void of self-censorship and doubt. I am coming to understand the power that I wield as an artist, as a black woman and as a community builder and my art plays a very large role in that. With great art comes great responsibility, and I am welcoming the challenge.

RR: Your advice to women?

NA: Be fearless. Be shameless. Take the control back. Free yourself by loving yourself first. Seek out the friendships of powerful, unapologetic women. Call out the bullshit. Stop apologizing for existing. Don’t accept the drink from the guy at the bar, and when he tells you you’re being rude, let him know you don’t owe him anything and that women are not machines that you put nice-coins in to until sex falls out. Put down the magazine, [insert celebrity name here] doesn’t even look like that. Drink more water. Meditate. Take up space! Twerk it out! Listen to Janelle Monae and take the world by storm. You are worth more than they tell you.

RR: What does Ribbon Rouge mean to you?

NA: Ribbon Rouge is a space that has celebrated women, women of colour and a global initiative towards the improvement of health, in this city. It recognizes the outstanding work of artists, academics and community builders and I am all for supporting any environment that dedicates its time to progress.

RR: Where can we find you/ more of your work?

NA: I have a facebook page where you can keep up with what I’m doing in the city:

https://www.facebook.com/nasraadempage/

A tumblr page for if you really want to get to know me:

http://sunflowerpoetree.tumblr.com/

And a YouTube page that is under construction:

https://www.youtube.com/user/NasraAdem


Nasra will be performing and amazing you with her spoken word poetry at this year’s Ribbon Rouge Gala.  Come listen to her on November 28st, 2015 at Ribbon Rouge in Edmonton!   And don’t forget to buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015!  Tickets can be purchased online here.

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When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns