The Making & Meaning of African Waist Beads

April 1st - April 2nd
Jasmine Anokye |

Looking for inspiration? Wanting to try something new? Well, here’s your chance!  Discover the rich history and culture of waist beads in this two-day workshop, led by Ghanaian-American artist Jasmine Anokye. During this intimate class, explore new beadwork and flameworking techniques to create signature beads! Students will learn the history of waist beads, why they are made, and design their own unique strands. 

From the cultural practice and purpose to mindfulness and appropriation, this workshop will cover all aspects of the making and meaning of African waist beads and their connection to womxnhood. Slowly but surely fall in love with your body through these beautiful adornments.

Adorn your body in artistry. After all, you are a masterpiece! 

What to Expect: Students will spend the first day in the flameworking studio, making unique beads at the torch. Beadmaking requires a little practice at heat control with the torch to create successful beads. After demonstrations, expect to make between 3 - 8 successful glass beads in this class, and a couple failures, while gaining confidence and skill in the studio. The second day of class will be in the classroom, learning to prep glass beads and string into waist beads. Each student will have access to all the tools and beads needed to make a unique strand of their own. 

Eligibility: No experience required. All skill levels are welcome. Open to ages 12 and up.

Class Schedule
  • 2 Sessions: April 1 — April 2
    Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jasmine Anokye

Jasmine Anokye, a 2016 Bead Project Alum, is the founder of Waysted Studio - an artistic lifestyle brand passionately committed to self care and body autonomy. 

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