Josiane Magloire creates traditional Haitian flags with beaded and embroidered depictions of everyday life, traditional Vodou (Voodoo) imagery, and the flowers, fruit, animals, and birds of Haiti.
Each bead and sequin is placed one at a time and hand stitched onto the piece. The unique combinations of embroidery and beadwork showcase the creative style of the artist. While traditional flags largely feature deities and Vodou symbols, Josiane and her fellow cooperative members are creating designs that represent their lives and the world around them. Through sales of her art, Josiane is able to support her family and pay for her children’s education. (From International Folk Art Alliance)