Hello guys, my name is Abena, and I am privileged to be your Instructor! I am from Ghana, a country in west Africa. What I love most about Ghana are the people. Traditionally, visitors are honored and pampered, no matter the cost. The warmth and feeling of belonging shown by the people is truly remarkable. I myself am a bubbly person, who loves hanging out with friends, and always happy to make new ones! Join me in this Workshop, and let's have fun while making these beautiful beaded rings together.
I started making beadwork at a very young age in Ghana, as beads are deeply rooted in Ghanian culture and are traditionally used during rites of passage and for ceremonies. I realized making things with my hand is really fulfilling at age 8 and I never stopped, from using orange peels to make necklaces, to fixing my own acrylic nails, to making my own rings. Since many consider beads as slightly old-fashioned, I wanted to change that notion whilst exposing my country's beautiful craft in fashionable ways.
Today I work as a beauty therapist, while continuing my beadwork to create jewelry, handbags and even beaded slippers! I also love to work with our local fabric, kente, which only comes from Ghana. I am happy that through GLOMADO, I am able to share my culture and my craft with you!