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Beads and things

Beautiful handcrafted jewellery is one of Raglan’s iconic art forms, so a jewellery workshop for children taught by Yann Bordier is an exciting prospect. Yann’s beautiful work is already well known to many locals through her stall at the Creative Market, and of course many of the children have already enjoyed her input into the Oscar programme at the Old School, which she and her partner Chris run in school holidays.
Living and learning her craft in many parts of the world, Yann has a wide knowledge of different cultures, different styles of jewellery and the potential of different materials, not just gemstones and pearls, but feathers, shells and seeds, or hand made beads and braiding. Influences of American Indian and Caribbean styles are evident in her work, but Yann says she enjoys finding her own style and creating designs that are unique.
The class for children (6-12 years) will take place at the Old School Arts Centre on Wednesdays after school, 21 April — 12 May, from 3.30pm — 5pm. Children will be making necklaces, bracelets, and earring, and learning basic macramé techniques. The fee of $25 per session includes all materials. Children can enrol for individual session or all four for just $88.
Yann says mums are welcome to come along, and are in fact required to accompany children under 8 yrs. Given the huge popularity of jewellery making and bead shops in main centres, this workshop right here in Raglan promises to be a something of a treat — and not just for little girls! Some of the finest makers of beautiful jewellery are men.
Yann says she looks forward to sharing her skills and her own knowledge and love of gemstones with young people. To sign up, contact the Old School Arts Centre on Monday or Wednesday between 10am-2pm, or email

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