ICAI had a quick chat with Izuchukwu and he let us into her world of arts.
What is your name?
Tell us a little about your artistic background and journey
I deal with handmade crafts made with all kinds of sustainable natural materials such as woods, raffia and wool as well as landscape and cultural paintings.
Your Artistic Bio/Profile
I am an arts enthusiast and an optometrist; with a career that spanned over 10 years in Africa & Middle East. I am the founder of MADEBYRURAL, an arts & crafts social enterprise based in Calgary-Canada that provide low vision devices for people with visual impairment in under-served African communities with part of the proceeds from the sale of African themed arts and crafts.
What is your Artistic practice?
How long have you been in Canada?
Have you had opportunities to showcase your works?
Can you tell us what inspires you to create your works?
I am inspired by the beauty in arts and crafts that I collect and the ability to use arts and crafts as tools for community development.
How did you feel having your works displayed at ICAI Event?
I felt elated and appreciated. I felt like someone finally understood the challenges newcomer artists in Canada faces.
What are the challenges you are currently facing as an immigrant artists?
Limited finance, inadequate exposure and patronage.
What would you like to share with the people of Calgary about your works?
I give back to community through the sale of the arts and crafts that I collect. I am open to collaborating with community organizations in Calgary to raise funds for their community projects.
Can you share some pictures of your works with us? (Please upload pictures or provide links to your works)
Please provide your contact information for individuals and businesses to reach you (e-mail and phone number)
You can read more about Izu at www.izuchukwu.com