Do not underestimate the impact of local craft persons.

That’s the view of John Mark Riley, who for the past 26 years has made countless wire sculptures which are not only found in Barbados, but in many homes around the world.

When The Barbados Advocate caught up with him recently at Tamarind Hotel, Riley was showcasing his talent and skill which he said is tedious but is a labour of love.

He believes that local craft persons, who may seem like small contributors to the tourism sector, are actually allowing visitors to take home a little piece of Barbados with them and should therefore be given assistance wherever possible.

A former president of the Beach Vendors Association, he said he started out selling jewellery but wanted to increase his product offering. He actually learned by watching another craftsman. Since then, he has graduated from using the bright “calypso colours” to more neutral colours with an eye-catching gold finish which can fit with practically any decor.



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