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littlest fish designs

vineyard haven, martha's vineyard, ma

02568

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Photograph by Joshua Robinson-White

Littlest Fish Designs is a modern wampum and semi-precious stone jewelry line

by designer Hannah Marlin.

 

Raised on the island of Martha's Vineyard, I had three true loves: my island home, the ocean that surrounded it and making art from it.

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 2014 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 were woven into belts used for storytelling, ceremonial gifting, and recording important treaties and historical events.

 

Due to its hazardous nature when cut, the community of wampum crafters is very small, making wampum jewelry highly coveted. These days the material's history and worth are far from forgotten, and you'll find one in every handful of people on Martha's Vineyard adorning their wampum jewelry with style and pride.

 

I am completely self-taught in the art of wampum crafting and create original designs in my harbor-view studio on Martha's Vineyard. Inspired by my home and ever-changing trends, I seamlessly blend this classic material with modern minimalist design. 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.

 

 

Photograph by Chandler Cook