As we draw closer to our upcoming Summer Makers Market, we introduce one of our newer designer-makers, Lolonyo. Read on for more.
Who is the creator behind LB Beads?
LB Beads was founded in 2017 by me, Lolonyo Amegayibor-Bunge, and I grew up in Ghana where beads play a big role in its history, society and everyday life.
Can you recall what, or who, inspired you to work with beads?
I have always been fascinated by beads and took part in a beading workshop nine years ago. In 2016 when I visited my parents in Ghana, I went to various bead markets and was so inspired by the diversity of beads, materials used and the conversations that evolved around the beads, this prompted me to start designing and creating jewellery.
Can you tell us a little about the design process?
In terms of the designing process, I am inspired by the beads I have to hand, then think about the design and start stringing. Every piece of jewellery is carefully crafted and each is unique, a one off, due to the fact that most of my beads and embellishments are hand crafted by traditional methods. I use different combinations for each design and no two pieces will ever be exactly the same.
How are your pieces sustainable and environmentally friendly?
The beads I use are made from recycled glass, plastic, shells, clay, coconut shells, bone etc. Everything in Ghana has potential, For the artisan bead makers, any broken bottle, jar, container can be ground into a powder and fired into beads. Every piece of jewellery comes in a handmade African print gift bag.