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Wonder Welders

June 4, 2010

I have temporarily run out of photos of Herbert Freeman’s artwork.   It may be some time before I am able to post some more. Rather than put this blog on hiatus I have decided to head each post with the work of another of Orlando’s best folk artists: Morgan Steele.  I will post Mr. Freeman’s work when it again becomes available.    

Olympia Munkey by Morgan Steele

Wonder Welders is a collective of  Tanzanian artisans that was established in 2004.  Paul Joynson-Hicks, a local photographer, started Wonder Welders as a way to employ a group of men handicapped with polio that he saw everyday as he went to his office.  He found financing and training for the group and brought in the sculptor Heather Cumming to help them with their technique and designs. 

The success of the welders has allowed the collective to  become  self-sufficient and expand into papermaking, wooden toys, jewelery and soap making.  The Wonder Workshop today employs 40 people,  32 of which are disabled.   




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