The Embera Beading is an ancestral way of beading practiced by the tribe in Colombia from more than 300 years ago.
The tribe traditionally beaded seeds and other natural fibres until they were introduced with the modern day material of glass beads taken to them by European Colonial travellers. The tribe took these materials and explored with colours and shapes, and started creating magnificent artworks speaking of their connection with nature, their source of life.
In our workshops we use a thread and a needle and numerical combinations to get patterns formed by colourful tiny beads. With this technique we teach different forms of earring making; we create flower shapes, colourful waterfall (drop-style earrings) as well as flower rings. We also use looms to create bracelets, whether big or small.
We adhere to rules and regulations from the NSW Government and Department of Health and have put in place the recommended Covid protocols to keep our community safe at The Bench.
Disposable masks are available and we continue to encourage their use when students are not able to socially distance.
The Bench is a registered Covid safe business and we are committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure our community can work safely and with confidence at our facility.
All visitors to Joynton Avenue Creative Centre must check-in on arrival and digital records are kept on file as required.
We will have no more than 9 students plus the tutor in any class or workshop, some workshops are capped lower. Our classroom can safely host 13 people.
The 4 square metre per person rule applies.
Protocols are in place for frequent hand washing and sanitising of surfaces and high touchpoints.
Sanitiser is available in the classroom and throughout the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.
The protocols we have in place for attendance of The Bench courses are sent to all students on enrolment.
No-one is to attend The Bench classes if they are unwell.
NSW Health updates information daily so we encourage you to check the NSW Health website for updates regularly.