Born in 1962 in Germany and raised in Ghana
Primary and secondary education in Accra, Ghana
Certified Beautician (Germany)
B.Sc. Life Science (Hons), University of Westminster (UK)
Certified Screen Designer (Germany)
Ethnic beads, creating jewellery,
producing natural cosmetics and hand-crafted soap,
creative computer applications (image and video editing)
and lots more when time permits.
Beads and Beading
Creating jewellery is more of a hobby, something I do when time permits or when a great idea pops into my head - then it's time to dig out those bead supplies and get going. I do also sell my pieces, attend markets and exhibitions and can never resist a bead shop in any town.
One can never have too many beads!
During a trip to Ghana in 1993, I visited a craft shop in
Labone Estates, Accra. One thing caught my eye amongst the many interesting items on display there: a beautifully made beaded necklace featuring our very own made in Ghana Krobo Beads. This was the first time I had come across locally designed jewellery of this kind.
What did I do? I bought it of course - and also found out that
Ms. Nonyem Ibeneme designed the piece.
Nonyem's work inspired me so much that I decided to try out
this craft myself. I sought out a bead merchant situated at Cantonments the very next day and returned home with several kilos of material and advise on where to purchace findings and other beading necessities.
The next months were spent "learning by doing", creating one piece after another, locating other sources of beads, all without any particular goal in mind, just enjoying the creative process and giving way to bead mania.
Early in 1994, an opportunity arose to present my work at an Exhibition to be held at the Goethe Institute in Accra.
I applied. Imagine my excitement, on finding out that Nonyem would also be exhibiting her jewellery there!
I would at last meet the person whose work motivated me to begin with beading in person. Meet we did and remain friends to this day. The exhibition was a success. My creations received a lot of praise and the experience motivated me to continue.
My interest in beads and crafting jewellery has remained undiminished over the years. Visits to Ghana mean tons of excess luggage on the way back to Europe. I don't bead to make a living .... it's a great way to relax, provides me with nice gifts for friends and puts a little extra in my pocket every now and then.
I would like to thank Nonyem again for inspiring me 20 years ago. She set a whole new trend then and her fantastic creativity has never waned as she continues to persue the irresistible bead.
The Irresistible Bead
I love all beads, but in particular African Beads which have at last become more well known internationally. Ghanaian made Krobo Glass Beads, traditionally produced in the Krobo-Odumasi area, have become very popular and sought after world wide over the past 20 years. This boom has opened up opportunities and has improved the lives of countless peoples of the region and beyond.
Ideas for a new design often take form while contemplating my bead collection - shape, colour and vibrancy of the beads tell me how they could be put together. My jewellery is created mainly with traditionally hand-made beads. Since they are not machine-made, each bead is unique in itself. Unique also means that African Beads are "irregular", no two being alike, even when of the same design. As such they possess a rustic charm, each beautiful in its own right.
I examine each bead individually and marvel at the time and effort involved in producing each fascinating piece.
One of a Kind
Keeping in line with this, I only repeat my designs on request, as each piece is unique. Should you request a design here that has already been sold, you will receive - should I have the necessary beads in stock - a similar piece which has the charm and vibrancy of the original but is unmistakably unique.
about the artist
Buying beads on Oxford Street,
Osu, Accra, Ghana
Jewellery Stand at a Craft Market, Eschwege, Germany
(c) African Pearls | 2004 - 2014