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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ode to Haiti

What's It Wednesday #108

My home features art from around the world which includes the Caribbean. My favorites are from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Cuba. Haitian art has always been one of my favorite with its roots grounded in Africa, mixed with European aesthetics, and a tinge of religious flavor. 

Haitian sculptures are made from natural materials such such as this one carved from a large piece of bamboo, traditional mediums such as canvas, and recycle materials like a piece of tin or the top of an oil drum.


Haitian artists, who deal in wood, are masters at wood carvings. The precision is amazing and the local wood, such as mahogany, utilized are simply beautiful. 




This lady carrying her goods over head has been a part of our family for a very long time. We have always felt that she is the keeper of our home. She is not only beautiful, but absolutely magical.  

This little fella is older than me. He use to reside in my grand-mother's home. As a little girl, I often wondered what he was carrying in his sack. Was it flour or was it rice? 


Haitian mahogany is used to create wood vases that are not only beautiful but completely utilitarian. 

On January 12th, 2010, Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake. Living in South Florida, we are reminded of the resilience of the people of Haiti and continue to support the possibilities and hope of this island nation. As our family reflected on the four year anniversary of the devastating earthquake, I write this post as an Ode to Haiti. 

L'Union Fait La Force 
(Unity is Strength - Haitian Motto)

xoxoxo
Paula

Thanks to all of you who partied with us last week. Please link-up and join us again. Remember, it's not a party without you!


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Ivy and Elephants


We are partying with these fine folks:
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57 comments:

Shannon said...

Thank you so much for hosting each week and giving us a place to share our projects. You have some amazing collections.

Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

Patty Rumaker said...

Thank you for hosting!! So many great ideas!
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Bev Carter said...

Thanks so much for hosting this party. I enjoy seeing all of your art.
Have a great week,
Bev

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a beautiful tribute to Haiti - we have a large Haitian community here in Montreal because of the French language - loved reading about the Art of Haiti. Prayers to all affected.
And many thanks for the party
Hugs,
Suzan

Lori L Lehman said...

Thank you for hosting ladies! Have a wonderful week!

xinex said...

I love your tribal accessories. Really pretty!....Christine

Stacey said...

I love your collection. Being Jamaican, I also enjoy these pieces. I have a little collection going too:-).

JP said...

Paula, how wonderful that you are surrounded by all the wonderful things that remind you of where you came. Thank you for sharing your story and for hosting this party for us!
JP

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

thank you for hosting and for sharing your beautiful art. the carvings are so lovely and I love the vase. How beautiful! Hugs, Beverly

Jann Olson said...

I can only imagine the hours of work that went into the carving of your wonderful collection. Thanks for hosting.
hugs,
Jann

Trisha said...

Thanks for hosting such a fun party every week!

~Trisha

Doreen@househoneys said...

That's so beautiful! Items like that just aren't made anymore. Thank you for sharing, and for hosting!

Celestina Marie Design said...

What a wonderful tribute to Haiti.
The carvings are gorgeous. Thank you for hosting.
I had trouble linking up. Not sure it will go through.
Hugs!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Such beautiful art from Haiti. It holds a special place in my heart as we sponsor a sweet little girl from Haiti.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your art collection is lovely! Thanks for hosting the party!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I worry about the people of Haiti. My grandfather traveled there years ago and was captivated by the culture and kind people.
Thanks for hosting us all!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

What a collection Paula! Thanks so much for hosting and have a great rest of your week.
Gina

Sarah said...

Thanks for a fun party each week. Enjoyed seeing your art. Makes it special that some of these pieces have been passed down through the family.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

What a lovely post, Paula! I remember the day well, also. We have a dear family friend who happens to be a priest in Haiti so the people and the country have always had a special place in our hearts. Thanks for sharing your lovely collection. xoKathleen

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for hosting every week! Have a wonderful weekend ladies!!
Hugs,
Jody

Vel Criste said...

Thanks for the info on Haiti Art! They are exquisite! Thank you for inviting me to join your party!

Jolene said...

WOW!!! What beautiful sculptures! The first one is my favorite, the colors and the bamboo is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! What a wonderful tribute.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Thanks for hosting! I linked up but the picture I chose didn't show up??/ That's OK, though:):)

Lynda H said...

Thanks for the invite, and for hosting this party. I really enjoyed looking at your wooden pieces from Haiti - the male and female figures made me smile. :)

Lynda H
http://rchreviews.blogspot.com

Patty Wiles said...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful party!

Terra said...

Beautiful sculptures in your collection, from Haiti. The wooden vase especially looks rich, like I would want to hold it.

Lee Dewsnap said...

Thank you for the invite to link up my 'Hamptons' post, I have added a link back to your blog at the end of my post.

I used to live in Brunei (SE Asia), the local tribes in the lower half of the island have a lot of native carvings very similar to Haiti. Actually some are rather scary. Also in New Zealand the native Maori people are famous for their carvings in wood and also in greenstone (Jade).

Lee

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Haiti has endured much, and your pieces are beautiful reminders of the strength of that culture. I'm all linked up - thank you for hosting. XOXO

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

The wood is beautiful on the vase.

The people carvings are interesting. I didn't know that Haiti also has a tradition of carvings.

XO

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I enjoyed your tribute to Haiti and learning more about your art pieces. Thanks so much for the party!

Jeanette
Creating a Life

SarahGeorge said...

Beautiful artifacts and a touching post about Haiti.

Diane said...

I love Haitian art. What a lovely collection you have and thanks for sharing more about Haiti!

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Thanks for having me Patricia and Paula. Have a great week.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

What a lovely tribute to such talented people. Their art is so striking.

Jill Harrison said...

wonderful treasures from your travels. I am sure they bring back happy memories for you.
Enjoy the rest of your week, and thanks for hosting.

Dawn WeCallItJunkin said...

They are such beautiful works of art. A talent I sure don't have! Thanks for hosting and have a great second 1/2 of your week.

Pieced Pastimes said...

Hi Paula,
Love your Haitian sculptures and the vase is just beautiful. Amazing craftsmanship from amazing people.
Warmest Regards,
Suzanne
Pieced Pastimes

Linda said...

Thanks again for hosting. Your post this week reminds me that I need to photograph our Nigerian handcarved village. Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Curtains in My Tree said...

I would love to visit your house and see all your family treasures besides seeing them here on your blog.So fascinating
I am always so sad when I see the destruction of hurricanes and earthquakes in other countries. I feel for the people

LV said...

I enjoyed touring home and seeing some of your pretty goodies. I have an oil painting done by an artist in Haiti. I was there many years ago o n vacation.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

It's wonderful that you decorate with such lovely heritage pieces. Thank you for hosting this awesome party!

Lulu said...

Like you, I have lots of things in my house that are memories from travels. One way or another they work together but do create an eclectic look. I always enjoy browsing on Wednesday.

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above said...

Wow, what great art. Thanks so much for another wonderful party.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

Joy said...

Thank you so much for the invitation to your lovely party! I have added it to my party page.

Your family heirlooms are beautiful- thank you for sharing them with us. ♥

If you ever get a chance, I would love for you to join me at my party. I host Treasure Box Tuesday, every Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m. Central time.

Love, Joy @ Yesterfood

Ramon Valdez said...

Paula thank you so much for the invite to join the party
Ramon
Rowhouseblogg@gmail.com

Amanda said...

Thank you, lovely ladies for hosting your fun party each week! I enjoyed the tribute to Haiti!
Blessings,
Amanda

Revi said...

Hi, Patti & Paula...
Thanks for hosting the party!
-Revi

Laurie Ritchey said...

Such gorgeous carvings. That vase is stunning! What a treasure to have your grandmother's carved piece. This post was a wonderful way to remember those who endured that horrible earthquake. laurie

Brittany L Coughlin said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog early, and thanks for inviting me to this party!! :)

Muscetta said...

Thanks for the party. Have a great weekend. Tina

Danice said...

What a nice art collection. Thank you for sharing with us. I just now linked-up, and thank you also for hosting your link parties :)

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

I've been to Haiti and got to see all their wonderful works of art. I was able to see them carving their pieces.

The French Hutch said...

What beautiful family heirlooms adorn your home. I love the lady carrying her goods and the little guy that resided in your grandmother’s home. It’s so special to have treasures from our past! Stunning art.... Thank you for sharing these beautiful treasures!
I share your hope and prayers and certainly remember all the people of Haiti as they still recover from the tragedy of the earthquake.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Little Miss Maggie said...

Beautiful art and craftsmanship. Thanks for hosting the party.

irisabbey said...

Paula, Thanks for sharing your tribute to Haiti. I can't believe that it has been 4 years. You have some beautiful pieces: I especially like the woman carrying her basket of goods atop her head. You mentioned that she's magical -- I imagine you have a few good stories. Thanks, too, for hosting this party. This is the first time I've stopped by and I'm delighted to participate. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

Katherines Corner said...

beautiful pieces. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Hope to see you sharing again this week. Big Hugs

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Enjoyed the pictures of all your art...the lady carrying the basket is wonderful. Also, I'm going to come back for your party next Wednesday, I went in and checked it out and I think I can do it (tried another party once before but didn't know how to link). Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciated the visit! Mickie

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