Thursday, August 23, 2012

Beads Everywhere

Last week’s Sistas Savve workshop was facilitated by June Maru, a women’s rights activist from Bougainville, Papua New Guinea with a passion for jewellery making. June taught the class how to make paper beads from old magazines, which are made by coiling strips of paper into different shapes and sizes. These are then varnished and made into necklaces, bracelets and earrings once they are dry. The class have since been getting very creative, with one woman using old newspaper to create black and grey striped beads, while others use paint to create brightly coloured beads. Everyone at the office is wearing our new beaded jewellery! 

June really enjoyed the workshop, writing that “it gave me so much encouragement to see their faces glow with the recognition that they could actually make money out of waste paper”. June is very involved in community projects around Honiara, and aims to give women the tools and confidence to advocate and lobby on issues that are important to them. 

Thanks June for sharing your amazing skills with us! Check out June Maru’s other jewellery here: 

Isabella from White River making beads out of newspaper, while modelling her own earrings and necklace

Hanging the beads out to dry

June Maru showing the girls how to varnish the paper beads.

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