Meet Eugene Jacques, #Haitianartist
Singing Rooster is opening up markets for Haiti’s small producers. Buy purchasing unique pieces of oil drum art from Haiti, you’re directly helping artists put their kids through school. With unemployment in Haiti upwards of 70%, when a member of the family like Eugine has employment, it becomes his / her responsibility to pay tuition for nieces and nephews too.
Artists like Eugene, have found creative ways to use discarded materials as components transformed into something beautiful. The unique blue lady (sold – but we have other spectacular one-of-a-kind art) was made by Eugine from parts of an oil drum and other materials most would consider trash. Silver colored rivets adorn hair, wire earrings and eyes shine with pale green marbles.
How do Haitians turn oil drums into art?
- Cut off both ends of oil drum
- Stuffing drum with banana leaves to burn off residue
- Once cooled, slice down middle and pound flat to create canvas
- Draw design on metal with chalk
- Pound, snip, chisel, stipple. Done.
This short movie shows the brilliance of how oil drums are turned into #haitianart.
Artists often use toes to hold chisels and hammer at lightening speed- working so quickly, observers wince hoping no toes or fingers are smashed.
In the art districts of Haiti, especially Croix des Bouquet, artists sell handmade pieces for livelihoods including food, education, medical services.
By adding a piece Haitian art to your own unique collection or by sharing our fundraising program details with your church, school or other organizations, you’re helping Haiti’s small producers develop autonomy.