Meet Evenson. He’s a maker of recycled metal art in Haiti. I met him during my first trip to Haiti in 2008–and I’m not so sure how this happened–I count on him tons.
He makes all of Three Stone Steps’ menorahs (you can see him holding last year’s design in the photo) and the hamsas and the earrings along with assorted other pieces.
Have a great weekend, whatever you’re working on.
One day, we turned around and realized we were carrying a load of roosters. (Ok. This happened during last shopping trip to Haiti, which was way back in January.)
Here is just a bit of the selection:
This piece, found here, is super popular, and made by one of the few female metal artisans in Haiti.
Yes, it’s June. And, if you’re on the Eastern seaboard, it’s really hot. But for retailers and wholesalers like us here at Three Stone Steps, Hanukkah and Christmas are right around the corner. And, if you’re a retailer trying to put together a fair trade, recycled holiday collection, thislink would be a good place to start. (You’ll find fabulous recycled ornaments, recycled dreidels, and recycled menorahs, and more.) If you want to know more, please contact me at ellen[at]threestonesteps[dot]come.
But, let’s say that like most of us, you’re not a retailer, but would like to find some recycled, fair trade Judaica. You need a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or wedding gift, and don’t know what will fit the bill. Well, then, check this out:
Albania was a great destination. I’d recommend it. Highly. I had the all too rare experience of feeling like I was traveling and not running from sight to sight, or working.
It was very much a real vacation or holiday (depending on where you are in the English speaking world), since I didn’t search (well, all that much) for fairly made handicrafts.
So, no buying. No shopping. In fact, I didn’t even bring back a trinket for myself, but I did see a few women selling their wares in the castle area of Berat/Berati, which was about as touristy as things got in Albania. (Which, blissfully, isn’t all that much.)
The woman below has a bit more on the handicraft front on offer:
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.