Raised on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Hannah Marlin always had a love for the arts. In both performing and visual Hannah found her niche, inspired by the creative atmosphere that the island encompassed her in. In high school she found a passion for photography which she took with her to the University of New Hampshire. In 2010 she graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and a new found love of sculpture.
Not long after Hannah moved back to her little island home she developed an interest in the crafting of wampum jewelry. Wampum, the beautiful purple and white coloring that naturally occurs within the shell of the local quahog has a rich history on Martha's Vineyard. The native people, the Wampanoags, fashioned this material into beads which they made into belts and other accessories as a form of gift exchange. Wampum crafting can be very hazardous, since the dust from the shell should not be inhaled. For this reason you won't find a large wampum crafting community, therefore making wampum valuable and expensive. These days the material's history and worth has not been forgotten, and you'll find one in every handful of people adorning their wampum jewelry with island pride.
Hannah is completely self taught in the art of wampum crafting and creates her own original and unique designs in her studio in Vineyard Haven. Littlest Fish Designs incorporate delicate wire wrapping that you won't find with any other wampum jewelry brand. All shells are locally and ethically sourced on Martha's Vineyard. Littlest Fish Designs is a proud supporter of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group and active participant in the shell recycling program.
As for the name? Hannah is the youngest (and shortest) member of the Marlin family, making her the Littlest Fish.
Please do not wear your Littlest Fish Designs jewelry in the ocean, shower, or to bed.
Each piece is handmade from natural materials and can be very delicate, please treat it as such.
To keep your wampum hydrated and beautiful, oil it once a month with olive, coconut, or mineral oil. Gently rub the oil into the piece with a paper towel or your finger and wipe off excess.
To polish sterling silver chain use any sterling silver polishing cloth.
To polish 14kt gold filled chain scrub with a soft toothbrush and a mild dishwashing liquid. Rinse well and lay on a towel to dry.