The fanaux (lanterns) are a beautiful Haitian Christmas tradition. We will work with kits to produce three different styles of lanterns. All participants will get to choose which style they prefer. First, I will present a short lecture on the history of the fanaux in Haiti and our own project to create fanaux that depict Bay Area architecture. We will visit some local Victorian and Gingerbread style architecture to see the inspiration behind the lanterns, looking at the fascinating correspondence between local houses and Haitian gingerbread style architecture. Then, Robert and Jeffrey will lead the class in assembling them. At the end, we will have a beautiful, handmade Christmas, New Year's, Chinese New Year's, or Hanukkah decoration.
Jeffrey and Robert have been working with Haitian artisans for several years, collaborating on designs for lanterns based on local Haitian and San Francisco architecture. Our fanaux have been exhibited at the Oakland Cathedral and the German International Christmas Market in Mountain View. Our goal is to spread the Haitian Christmas tradition, and in doing so, provide access to markets for Haitian artisans.
We will be providing the pasteboard and tissue lanterns, scissors, and glue for assembly.
This experience will take place in the library of our house, where we have all the equipment and exhibit.
Make a locally inspired holiday lantern