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I've been creating with beads since I was a kid and for the past 17 years I've either been selling beads, jewelry or both! I love working with the variety of colors, shapes and textures offered in the amazing range of beads that come from around the world. While I make my living from creating and selling my beaded jewelry, I consider myself to be a bit of a craft nut! Photography, knitting and crochet, and sewing are just a few of the other creative ways I explore the endless ways to combine color, texture and light.

My home is on the island of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts in the north eastern United States. It's a most unusual place to live, and I've happily been a year round resident for nearly 13 years. My jewelry is all hand-crafted by me in my nearby studio. I sell my jewelry online, through shops, galleries and especially during the summer season, at our…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 31
  • Joined November 11, 2008

Favorite materials

Vintage, furnace blown, flameworked, and Venetian glass, semi precious stone, freshwater pearls, Trade beads, Austrian crystal, Turkish or Balinese or Thai silver, Czech or Japanese seed beads

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I've been creating with beads since I was a kid and for the past 17 years I've either been selling beads, jewelry or both! I love working with the variety of colors, shapes and textures offered in the amazing range of beads that come from around the world. While I make my living from creating and selling my beaded jewelry, I consider myself to be a bit of a craft nut! Photography, knitting and crochet, and sewing are just a few of the other creative ways I explore the endless ways to combine color, texture and light.

My home is on the island of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts in the north eastern United States. It's a most unusual place to live, and I've happily been a year round resident for nearly 13 years. My jewelry is all hand-crafted by me in my nearby studio. I sell my jewelry online, through shops, galleries and especially during the summer season, at our local outdoor markets.

Throughout the seasons, I find that nature is a recurring source of inspiration. Our ever-changing weather and the variety of terrain offer an amazing array of colors and textures. Between summer and winter there's a dramatic difference in the population here on the island. Summer is crazy busy, with people from all over the country, and around the world. Winter is peaceful and sometimes too quiet, but there is plenty of time to be creative though. Truthfully, I'd rather be making jewelry than writing about myself (grin).

In the past I've had some rather good luck in my career choices that have led me to my becoming a jewelry designer. Early in the 1990's I was hired to work at a brand new bead store in Cambridge, MA. I began taking more beading classes to increase my knowledge and skills. Soon I was managing the bead store, doing lots of the buying and teaching locally and nationally. I wrote some, now ancient, articles that appeared in Bead & Button magazine and after moving to the Vineyard also worked as a sales rep for a bead importer! Becoming immersed in this area of artistic expression has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. As a buyer, in order to serve the customers best, I soon learned that having a full palette of colors and materials to choose from would offer a broad appeal. I still have a tendency to buy with that in mind.

My style is definitely a unique one, and has developed over the last twenty years. I find that it's much easier for me to make something new and different rather than make five or ten of the same thing. Therefore, most of my work is one-of-a-kind or part of a limited series. I’ll try to note any that can’t be recreated. When asked, I find it somewhat hard to define my style. It's definitely feminine and I tend to have a preference for combining tight, tiny detail. Yet it's fun to be challenged to create something bold and chunky or simple and more minimal in nature.

I'm sure that my experience managing the bead store instilled in me the need to create a lasting product. All of my jewelry is made using only the finest quality materials. I want the pieces you buy from me to be cherished and then passed on. The metal I work with most often is Sterling silver, I use no base metals. In order to create a lasting design,
it's important to consider both the type of material and hole sizes when making beaded jewelry. Most often I use a threading material with a metal cable core such as Beadalon or Soft-Flex. Occasionally I'll also use silk or nylon thread, especially if I'm knotting between beads or doing macramé. My choice of threading material is primarily determined to ensure longevity for the design as well as wearability. Many of my earliest customers tell me that they are still wearing and enjoying their first purchases. It feels great to hear that they are still getting complements on my designs. Repeat purchases, or requests for custom pieces, assures me that the evolution of my designs continues to excite them.

Please ask if you'd like a custom design. I can easily make changes to accommodate length and ear-wire preferences. Do you see a style that you'd like to see in a different color or material? It's quite likely something that I can easily do, just send a convo or email. I greatly enjoy the challenge of creating something tailored to your specific taste. That's what I do best. For examples of recent custom design, please take a look at my website for more information, http://www.vineyardsky.com/commissions.php.

I love what I do and feel blessed when I can share my ability. It's my sincere hope that you will feel a sense of this when wearing my jewelry.

I have two cats, Butterscotch and Tangerine, neither of whom smoke. Oh, and they live at home, the jewelry is created in my studio. ; )

~ Sarah

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