Port-au-Prince Paper Makers Collaboration
At west elm, we love bringing you exquisite pieces from artisans sprinkled across the globe. With our Port-au-Prince Paper Makers Collaboration, you can inspire Caribbean craft and style in your home whether you live in the mountains or the concrete jungle. Founded in 1990 this paper mache workshop is dedicated to creating sustainable jobs in Haiti through innovative design. With each purchase, you help this husband and wife team expand their reach and invest in the local community and economy. By purchasing this wall art, you make a positive impact across the globe while adding gorgeous style to your home.
These paper mache pieces are handcrafted almost entirely from locally sourced, recycled materials making them an ideal choice for environmentally conscious homes. Typically made from materials, such as cement bags and glue made from yucca paste, each one has a timeless silhouette that makes it a beautiful addition to any home. Artisanal products from this collaboration include wall mirrors that can add decor to any room in the house from the bathroom to the bedroom. Haiti’s craft tradition is put on display front and center with round mirrors that add texture and dimension to your home.
A light and airy addition to any room, these decorative mirrors are constructed of paper mache that is wrapped around engineered wood and features mirrored glass as the centerpiece. Each piece comes with hanging hardware included so you can get your stunning work of art up on the wall in no time. Keep your mirror looking gorgeous by wiping it clean with a damp cloth. Opt for one mirror to allow it to stand out as an individual piece or create a wall gallery by pairing several together in geometric shapes on the same wall.
Our collaboration with the Port-au-Prince paper makers included a dual partnership with the PRODEV USA Foundation to help provide adult education to artisans in Port-au-Prince. With guidance from PRODEV USA and the Clinton Global Initiative, we’re proud to create a program that teaches 50 local artisans to read, write, and gain financial literacy. With each purchase of these mirrors and paper mache products, you also support this amazing cause. Through this partnership, the artisans behind these striking creations can take classes right where they work and can make sense of the written world for the first time. The beauty of handcrafted works of art is that each one tells a story. You’ll love sharing this uplifting collaboration with friends and family as each work of art adorns your walls.
These stunning works of art include decorative objects that are made from centuries of tradition typically used to create tribal masks. Each mirror and wall art piece is signed by the artisan that created it for a one-of-a-kind piece. Add dimension to your home with paper mache that features grids and lines for a geometric touch. Spice up the Caribbean vibe in your home with paper mache wall art featuring palm leaves that are right at home in beach-inspired designs. Pair with turquoise vases to add a burst of color while staying with the beach theme or opt for a variety of vibrant colors in your decor for a truly Caribbean feel.
Display textured works of art from Haitian artisans above the console table in the living room or above your desk in the home office for a statement piece you’ll love to discuss. Paper mache panels are ideal for hallways and can be used on staircases to draw interest to walls that are often overlooked when it comes to decor. Sold individually or as a set, these wall art panels can be purchased in just the right numbers to suit your home’s size and needs. Take things up a notch with black and gray paper mache art from the world-class artisans in Haiti.