Monday, September 13, 2010

Profile: Loreli Cockram

Loreli Cockram is the designer and creative force behind Big Village. Loreli took the time to speak with Crafted Spaces at the annual Shanty Bay Festival in Shanty Bay, Ontario (just outside of Barrie). It was a delight meeting Loreli and discussing the time her family spent living in Ghana and the birth of her company Big Village.

Loreli established Big Village in 2008, after her and her family returned from Ghana. Her hobby and love for the Krobo tribe beads, have given birth to a unique line of jewellery. Vibrant coloured West African hand-made, recycled glass beads, have been transformed into an original collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Loreli also imports an amazing collection of Bolgatanga baskets, batik fabric, and carvings that complement her jewellery collection. Loreli also conducts workshops on jewellery making, using the gorgeous collection of beads.

Hand woven baskets created from "elephant grass" made by a women's co-orporative in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Also featured are pillows and other items created by Loreli from batik fabric.

Jewellery designed and made by Loreli Cockram.

"Fair-trade, earth- friendly, eye-catching" are just a few of the words used to describe Big Village products. Loreli's sunny disposition made it a pleasure speaking with her, she is a truly creative woman.

For more information visit: or call 1 705-331-9553


  1. Awesome jewelry Loreli!!! I've had the pleasure of being at one of her workshops and her beads are stunning!

  2. The beads are surely eye catching . . .


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