In a small workshop located just 12 kilometres northeast of Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince in the community of Croix-des-Bouquets you will find artist and producer Josnel Bruno together with 13 other artisans re-shaping used oil drums into pieces of functional art and unique home accessories.
Metalwork is a major source of income for many of the inhabitants of Croix-de-Bouquets and through their work Josnel and his colleagues are able to support their families sending children to school, build houses and provide healthcare.
Used metal drums are opened, burnt and cut into shape. With the use of a burin, a type of cold-chisel, Josnel is able to re-shape the metal into a range of different items including bowls, mirrors, wall art, picture frames and trays. Each piece goes through a meticulously process of sanding and varnishing to create unique pieces that reflect the culture of Haiti.
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