Monday, January 4, 2010

fun and funky beads and jewelry findings from Soul of Somanya

Last fall I discovered the most wonderful artisan beads at a fiber festival - of all places. The one-of-a-kind beads are the product of Soul of Somanya, a grassroots organization dedicated to enhancing the standard of living in the town of Somanya-Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana, West Africa, and its surrounding area. For a complete description of their mission and how Soul of Somanya is successfully accomplishing it, read about it on their website; the story will inspire your own soul and touch your heart.
In the second photo above you can see the recycled powdered glass Krobo beads combined with one of my polymer clay pieces in a fun-to-wear bracelet. The colorful beads coordinate with all types of other glass and metal beads, as well as ceramic and polymer clay focal pieces, almost anything you can dream up, in fact.
And as much as I love the Krobo beads, Soul of Somanya's sterling silver jewelry findings are quickly becoming a favorite of mine as well. In the first photo, I've combined my polymer clay hearts with the artisans' Adinkra symbol headpins, conveying their message of "Safety, Security and Love."
Not feeling crafty? Soul of Somanya has several unique finished jewelry pieces available. Or, maybe a custom order is just the thing. You can even beautify your home with distinctive Soul of Somanya decor!
If you're looking for something fun and different while benefitting a great cause, stop by Soul of Somanya and browse around; their fabulous products are also available in their Etsy shop.


BlueRidgeLady said...

Hi friend!!! It's been wayyy too long since I stopped by! I am reminded again how much I love your blog. I love these pieces and enjoyed reading the history of the Somanya beads and about their journey. So interesting and the beads are so colorful and fun! Their story did touch my heart and it just makes you want to see them succeed and do well! Did you read about the Morrocan fiber and bead excursion????!! Wow! Thanks for sharing their story with us, and Happy New Year!! Hope you are staying warm up there, I'm about to freeze here in GA!!!!!

Lonesome Road Studio said...

Hi there!
Isn't that just wonderful reading!?
Freezing up here too. :(

I can't wait to use the rest of my beads and findings... so many projects, so little time, LOL!
Nice to see you again!


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