photograph by Madeline Rose Photography Co.
- modern handmade jewelry for lovers of the sea and everywhere in between-
Born and raised on the island of Martha's Vineyard, I was always taught to appreciate my home,
the ocean that surrounded it, and the arts.
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 moving back home, I took my new passions and translated them into the form of wampum carving.
Wampum, the naturally occurring purple and white coloring of the quahog shell, has a rich history on Martha's Vineyard. The native people fashioned wampum into small beads which were woven into belts used for storytelling, ceremonial gifting, and recording important treaties and historical events. Now wampum jewelry is adorned by many Island and Cape Cod residents to show appreciation for the culture of their favorite place.
Self-taught in the art of wampum working I created my unique designs in my studio on Martha's Vineyard until 2018 when I relocated to Southern California to attend the Gemological Institute of America to train as a fine jeweler. Inspired by my home and ever-changing trends, I seamlessly blend this historically significant material with modern minimalist design. I aim to create designs that cater to everybody who loves this beautiful shell, there is truly a piece of LFD for every age and style.
All quahogs used in my wampum jewelry are hand dug and happily enjoyed in the form of clams casino (among various other delicious dishes) before the shells are made into jewelry. 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