Littlest Fish Designs, or LFD as it's lovingly abbreviated, was born in a South Shore basement in the winter of 2014...
A fresh art school grad, I found myself like a lot of post-grads do: broke and directionless. To help combat the inevitable depression of being isolated in a strange new place with a dead-end job, I took out a collection of found quahog shells and started experimenting with them...the rest was history.
Raised on the island of Martha's Vineyard, I had three true loves: my home, the ocean that surrounded it, and making art.
I found my niche in both performing and visual arts, inspired by the creative atmosphere that the island encompassed me in. In high school I found a passion for photography which I took with me to the University of New Hampshire. In 2010 I graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and a new found love of sculpture and jewelry design.
Not long after I moved back to my little island home I 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 beautiful shell 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.
Due to its hazardous nature, the community of wampum crafters is very small, making wampum jewelry highly coveted. These days the material's history and worth is far from forgotten, and you'll find one in every handful of people on Martha's Vineyard adorning their wampum jewelry with island pride.
I am completely self taught in the art of wampum crafting and create my own original and unique designs in my studio on Martha's Vineyard. Littlest Fish Designs incorporates a delicate wire wrapping aesthetic that you won't find in any other wampum artisans collection. Inspired by my home and ever changing fashion trends, I seamlessly blend this historic material with modern minimalist design. Hand carved feathers and geometric shapes dominate my collections. I aim to create designs that cater to everybody who loves wampum, there is truly a piece of LFD for every age and style.
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 an active participant in the shell recycling program.
As for the name? I am the smallest member of the Marlin family, making me the Littlest Fish.