HomeGarden DecorHaiti Wall Art, Framed Tree Of Life Handmade Garden Décor, One-Of-A-Kind Vintage Sculpture 71×15.5In Haitian Artwork

Haiti Wall Art, Framed Tree Of Life Handmade Garden Décor, One-Of-A-Kind Vintage Sculpture 71×15.5In Haitian Artwork

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Artist Profile- Hubert Bernard Tiny Croix-des-Bouquet, Haiti is anything but quiet, announcing itself to those who venture there. Hammers clang & chisels tap & in loud proclamation, “We do metal sculpture here!” Indeed, all of our 70-plus artists live & work in this artisan's village, many having learned their trade from fathers, cousins, neighbors & friends. Starting out as young laborers, cleaning & sanding the metal, & banging it flat, they advance to the apprentice stage, where they learn the intricacies of detail & design work. As their skills improve & savings become sufficient, experienced artisans often strike out on their own, selling their own work, forming their own workshops, taking on laborers & apprentices, thereby expanding & perpetuating their craft as well as bringing greater prosperity to their community as a whole. As one artist put it, “I helped many people to learn this sculpture. My dream is to have a larger workshop & give more people work. I trust in God that my dream will be realized.” Providing a marketing avenue for the artists is where It's Cactus comes in. Not only do we give the artists access & exposure to the world marketplace, as a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we ensure that our artists are paid equitably. Additionally, we uphold the highest social & economic standards, & promote long-term sustainability through dialogue, transparency, & respect. Fair trade isn't just a good idea – its the way we do business. We offer a hand up, not a hand out to our artist partners in Haiti. Each sale of their metal sculptures represents a positive step toward a better life. The center of Haitian metal sculpture is the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, where the clanging sound of hammers striking chisels is a constant music. To begin, the artist chalks his design onto the metal. Chisels, dies & a large hammer are used to cut & shape the piece, giving it form & texture. When the highly intricate & physically demanding work is complete & the artist is satisfied with his work, he signs his name boldly with a small chisel & applies a clear, weather-proof coating. The result is a wonderful, fair trade piece of handcrafted art. This metal sculpture is meant for display indoors or out, but if you choose to display yours outside, be aware that the protective, weather-proof coating will wear off over time. To keep your sculpture looking just like it did the day you bought it, take five minutes once a year to apply a spray-on clear enamel coating. A few nails & a hammer are all you'll need to hang your sculpture. Look for a place where the design is joined or notched & put the first nail there. Use a second & possibly a third nail, if the piece is large, in other joined or notched design elements within the sculpture to straighten & secure it to the wall. The nails will “disappear” with the piece. Simple as that. Haiti Wall Art, Framed Tree Of Life Handmade Garden Décor, One-Of-A-Kind Vintage Sculpture 71×15.5In Haitian Artwork