I began working in Haiti over 19 years ago with the goal of fighting poverty through art. During that time, we have worked with as many as 120 artists, cultivating business relationships, and building friendships. We have learned the good that comes from Fair Trade. Because of our firm belief in Fair Trade and its practice, every sale we make of metal art makes a positive impact on the artist who produces it. Those benefits flow through the whole workshop and create prosperity for their own family, workers and apprentices, and ultimately, the entire village. We are proud to be a part of that and we hope that as you admire your new piece of handcrafted, recycled folk art you will feel a bit of that pride as well.
This piece is an example of what we have carried in the past. Visit our website or our Etsy shop to see our full collections!
https://www.itscactus.com/haitian-wall-art-top-sellers/ and https://www.etsy.com/shop/artunderthetree
8″ x 6″ set of 2 Bees
This detailed wall art is a handcrafted, original piece of Haitian metal art, made from recycled 55 gallon steel drums. This set of two buzzing bees was hand carved by the artist , in the traditional fashion; utilizing simple hand tools for both cutwork and detailing.
Story Behind the Art:
The art of handcrafting metal sculptures that has been handed down for several generations provides a sustainable living for over 100 families in a small village in Haiti. The work begins with a recycled 55 gallon steel drum. The steel drum is prepared for the sculpture by removing the top, stuffing it with dried banana leaves and straw and finally igniting it to burn off any residue and paint. Once the barrel is cool, it is pounded into a flat sheet and prepared for the sculpture. The artist draws his intended shape on the metal and begins his work with a hammer and chisel.
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