I wrote this post a couple of days ago. And wow, so much has changed in the past 24 hours. Since I can't tear myself away from the computer or CNN, I am going to go ahead and post this. Keep in mind that I do not know for sure if Jean-David and his family are even okay at this point, but I want you to meet him anyway. He is such a gentle and kind man and a brilliant metal artist. I opened an etsy shop for my Haitian art friends and instead of waiting for the dust to settle from the earthquakes, I decided that now may be the best time of all to let you know about it. Many of you are asking how you can help. And I will let you know more details of how you can best help soon. But for right now, you can help Jean-David. The thought of him not being able to create any more of his beautiful pieces is something I cannot even conceive right now. Let's hope that isn't the case. So here's the original post . . .
He didn't work with the ladies of course, but one day he wanted to show me his work. It was one of those situations where I thought I would look at his work and to be kind I might buy a small piece.
I was blown away. He creates art out of 55-gallon metal drums. Beautiful, detailed pieces, hammering and nailing and texturing. No power tools, no aids of any kind. Just his drawn designs and his hammer. Amazing. I bought a large stunning mirror with birds.
I asked him if I could bring back several of his pieces and he very humbly obliged.
Jean-David is a true artist/craftsman. His pieces take days from start to finish, and by purchasing one of his pieces you are directly touching the life of this kind, gentle man and his lovely family. His metalwork is his livelihood and the means by which he takes care of his wife and children.
"We can give without loving, but we cannot love with giving." (mother teresa)