Artisanat en Fete

By in Haiti on November 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm

By chance we found out about this art fair organised and sponsored by Digicel happening near the new American Embassy out in Tabarre. So a few of us decided to head out there to see what was going on.

It was a collection of local artists showcasing a variety of Haitian art. It was an impressive collection and reflected the creative personality of Haiti.

We had to pay an entry fee of 300 gourdes, but it entitled us to one free drink and 150 gourdes of credit to any art vendor. We also were given a free bright red t-shirt!

Each local artist had an individual photo of themselves with samples of their artwork. They also had business cards produce with a contact number. I thought this was a very innovative opportunity for the local artists.

What I noticed was the Haitian are very good with handicrafts, be it paintings, iron/metal work or wooden scultpures and the continuous pattern is always the use of bright colours.

Examples of local artwork also include the creative use of car tyres as decorative hanging toucan art. We saw these in an ice cream shop in Petionville.