Ana Kras and Maia Ruth Lee travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with Emma Allen and her company, Fait La Force, in March. They went to collaborate with the artisans of Fait La Force, teaching new techniques and new designs. We asked Emma to share some of her snapshots and highlights from the adventure.
Having them there was just the best. They’re both amazing, and I loved seeing how they were able to take Haiti in and see it in its many dimensions. Maia was working in a ceramics workshop all week while Ana and I were working in the community with a rug weaver in his home, basket weavers and horn and bone artisans.
Ana worked on some new techniques with Oblin, our weaver, and will be designing some rugs with us for Fall. One of the challenges Oblin faces is not being able to source yarn in Haiti. Often he can’t work because he can’t get yarn in the market, even though he has guys scouting out yarn for him all over the island. Fait La Force will be importing yarn for him this season and will be producing some new rugs for the collection and in collaboration with Ana.
Fait La Force will be importing yarn for him this season and will be producing some new rugs for the collection and in collaboration with Ana.
At the end of the week we went to Jacmel, a beach in the south of Haiti known for its art, film, rastas and insane beaches. Ana got her tarot read by our friend Berlotte. Last year, I met Berlotte on the beach in Jacmel and she told me that she wrote a screenplay, and about the founder of a film institute who had mentored her and loaned her screenwriting books. During this trip I happened to meet the founder of the Cine Institute, the inspiring David Belle, and was at a dinner with David and Lola Schnabel, who will be producing Berlotte’s film. It’s a small, beautiful world sometimes.