Born and raised on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, I was taught at an early age to have a deep appreciation for my unique home island, 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 and metalsmithing, and Littlest Fish Designs was born.

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. These days, wampum jewelry is worn by many Cape and Island residents in the form of beaded bracelets (most popularly) 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 study to be a fine jeweler. Inspired by both the East and West coasts, I gracefully blend this historically significant material with modern bohemian design. I aim to create designs that cater to anybody that holds a deep connection to the earth, there is truly a piece of LFD for every age and style.

All quahog shells used in Littlest Fish Designers are sustainably and ethically sourced. Littlest Fish Designs is a proud supporter of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group and an active participant in their shell recycling program.

 

As for the name? I am the youngest member of the Marlin family, making me the Littlest Fish.

 

 

photograph by Chandler Cook

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