Join Norma Refsal for a weekend of Sami-inspired bracelet making. We will work in the
traditional materials of the Sami people, using reindeer leather, pewter thread (lead free, 4% silver) and a reindeer antler button, to create the iconic bracelet familiar and beloved by so many people. The indigenous Sami people (formerly referred to as Laplanders) live in the circum-polar region of the world in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Reindeer are an integral part of Sami life, both present and past, with many Sami people continuing to own and manage their own herds. Climate change is having an impact on their lives in this fragile part of the world, and we join with them in solidarity to create an environment that will preserve both their traditional ways and the animals they depend on. The bracelets will be made to fit each student and you will leave the class with a lovely finished piece of jewelry.
Norma Refsal developed a passion for metalsmithing began when her family lived in Telemark, Norway, in the late 1980s. After gaining experience, she began creating jewelry for the twenty-first century based on traditional Scandinavian-inspired, or neo-Nordic, designs. She creates jewelry for daily wear out of silver, leather, wood, and enamel, finding the simplicity of the design to be both timeless and elegant.