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Island Natural became a registered business in 2006. I (jannette vanderhoop) am the sole proprietor. I make everything that I sell one at a time by hand. Each piece is unique and can not be duplicated. I enjoy creating something beautiful from nothing, incorporating natural found and recycled raw materials that spark inspiration. I sell my work at the Martha’s Vineyard Artisans Festival in the summers on the beautiful island of Martha ’s Vineyard. This is a juried show that features artist of many different medias. I am honored as the first and only member of the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to be included in this show. My experience as an artist goes back into my childhood. I have been formally taught in many aspects of art creation including but not limited to painting, etching ceramics both throwing and hand built, mixed media, sewing and so many more. I majored in Environmental studies and minored in art to get a…

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  • Born on March 29
  • Joined August 20, 2009

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wampum, deer skin or leather, feathers, hemp, shells, semi precious stones, natural found and recycled materials

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Island Natural became a registered business in 2006. I (jannette vanderhoop) am the sole proprietor. I make everything that I sell one at a time by hand. Each piece is unique and can not be duplicated. I enjoy creating something beautiful from nothing, incorporating natural found and recycled raw materials that spark inspiration. I sell my work at the Martha’s Vineyard Artisans Festival in the summers on the beautiful island of Martha ’s Vineyard. This is a juried show that features artist of many different medias. I am honored as the first and only member of the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to be included in this show. My experience as an artist goes back into my childhood. I have been formally taught in many aspects of art creation including but not limited to painting, etching ceramics both throwing and hand built, mixed media, sewing and so many more. I majored in Environmental studies and minored in art to get a bachelors degree from Pitzer College in southern California. My motto for life is to teach people to appreciate nature through art. I am also an educator of Wampanoag history and culture and have dedicated my life to preserving my heritage. I visit schools and museums and work with children and adults of all ages.

For the most part I am self taught and like to experiment with materials and techniques. The work I have here is primarily jewelry called Wampum from the quahog shell, a hard shelled clam. The deep purple and white shell is extremely precious to Wampanoag people. This traditional art form is popular amongst the tribal people of the eastern seaboard and on the Vineyard specifically, where the deepest purples are found.. The shells were originally processed by Native people into beads of various sizes called Wampum which was used for adornment and ceremonial purposes. Only powerful Sachems wore wampum before the 17th century. When Europeans came to America they equated the presence of wampum with wealth, learned how much the native people valued wampum, attached a monetary value to it and, in some cases, produced counterfeit beads. Wampum can be seen as jewelry and as embellishments on traditional clothing.

I have been working in wampum since high school and gave away most of my first works of art. The shell is drilled underwater wearing a mask and gloves and goggles, as you do not want to breath the powder that comes from them. It is a tedious process that I find very meditative. I do not cut the shells, rather find them in their natural form, drill, them, clean them and oil them. Then I pair the rich purple shell with colorful semi precious stones that create chunky pieces that are reminiscent of Tibetan jewelry, which was my original inspiration, as I was a student in Nepal for four months. My art work has been called wabi sabi from the Japanese genre where naturalness is appriciated and which is characterized as an aesthetic that includes asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and suggests a natural process.These strong pieces are sure to make you feel beautiful and empowered!
I also make shell and feather earrings, leather pouches, weave hemp jewelry make numerous pieces of tribal art and currently have 4 books on the market that I have written and/or illustrated.

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