ART-ICKLES BUYS ONLY FROM THE ARTISANS OR FROM AFFILIATES OF FAIR TRADE ORGANIZATIONS.
Your purchases on this home decor and gifts site will create a worldwide
marketplace for the products of our artisans, ensuring that they can earn a
decent living and at the same time preserve their cultural traditions.
Most of our home decorating items are made with RECYCLED materials: the metal comes from used drums that brought chemicals, oil and food in Haiti, the paper and cardboard in our Papier-mâché comes from scraps taken from old cement bags and rejects of cardboard and boxes from factories.
The companies that we deal with are members of Fair Trade Organizations and do not use child labor. Often the artisans work from their home or in small workshops in the countryside.
steel, sculptured home decorating items are made from RECYCLED DRUMS - the same recycled
containers from which the famous Caribbean Steel Band Musicians fashion their
instrument. Our artists create a different type of art from this material - an
art with an original and exciting tempo of its own - full of vibrant, dancing,
tropical colors. What starts as "waste" is chiseled, primed, cured, painted and
varnished until it becomes a creative work of art.
The metal sculpture, when meant to be painted over, is treated with a non toxic, high quality rust preventing primer, and a white oil base, and passed on to the next group of artists - the painters. Once the painters are satisfied with their part of the creative process, the items are varnished and carefully packed, ready for delivery.
Our line of unpainted metal sculptures, which are considered as more art objects than home decor crafts, calls for a more elaborate work on the part of the sculptors as the texture is very important to give life to the sculpture. These works of art will acquire more value in time, now that the modern 55 gallon drum is made of plastic. As the steel drum disappears from the scene, the art of steel drum sculpture will become increasingly rare.
Sometimes called 'Haitian ironwork', or 'Haitian metal cut-outs', these pieces are great additions as accents in ethnic interior design schemes, especially those with an African, or Caribbean theme. Haiti is the only country where this kind of art can be found.
Characteristics of metal sculptures include:
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Due to the conditions in Haiti after the earthquake, orders can take 4 to 6 weeks before shipping