Creative Jemar Francis
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
Jemar Francis makes whatever comes to mind using his bare hands and small tools, with very little help from machinery and equipment. This very artistic young man uses wood, clay and plastic, as well as unconventional raw materials such as tin, glass, and even fish bone, to craft souvenir items including cups, vases, candle holders, lamps and flower pots. He has also crafted several pairs of fashion earrings out of fish bone.
Francis pulls his inspiration from nature and is able to create useful items by recycling discarded materials. "The idea came to me and I thought, 'Why not use beads from trees and old tins and wood and make them into something new?' I also do drawings and paintings on banners and just about anything that can be painted. Simple stuff like charcoal, I use to make sketches for drawings on paper, fabric and metal, among other things," he told Rural Xpress.
Francis sells his items at a reasonable price to anyone who is willing to purchase. Those that are not quick sellers, like the handbags that are handwoven from dried banana leaves and the paintings, he keeps and uses for displays. Francis has also made a mini sound system, complete with a boom box and flatscreen monitor and remote control, primarily using milk tins. This fascinating piece of artwork has won several competitions, the major one being one of the creative categories at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.
Capitalising on the medicinal benefits of the guinea hen weed, Francis has also made a guinea hen punch, as well as tea with the plant, and has got overwhelming response from its users.
"It's used to help to eliminate any cancer cells and also helps to cleanse the body and strengthens the immune and nervous systems. It is also good for joint pains, arthritis and persons with sinusitis have seen tremendous improvements in their condition because of this weed."
The 26-year-old self-motivated craftsman says he hopes to get certified in the field of arts and craft and entertainment so later on in life he will be competent enough to teach other persons to be creative and recycle derelict and otherwise useless material into usable finished ornaments.