Each shape is carefully formed from recycled sterling silver which becomes the frame for hand tanned salmon leather. These disparate materials are then hand stitched together and accented with delicate Japanese glass beads in colors that compliment the many natural hues of the salmon leather.
Handmade salmon leather, recycled sterling silver, glass beads, nylon thread.
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Libby Ferrara, akin to her studio’s namesake, calls herself a seasonal migratory artist. She has lived and worked in many different places, but she has always created things, and the ideals in her work solidified during her studies at the Maine College of Art. She has been a guide, a server, and a commercial fisher among other things, and she now resides in Seward as a self employed artist year round while mending seine nets in the spring. She is inspired by the intersection of her work with the natural world-- combining salvaged twine, antique lures, and tanned salmon skin to create deeply Alaskan jewelry. She is big on recycling: her pieces are made with certified 100% recycled silver, she collects scrap metal and filings to reuse, and encourages everyone to consider recycling their old jewelry instead of simply throwing it away in
order to minimize demand for newly mined resources. She says: “With my jewelry I’m trying to communicate so many of the things we all love about Alaska; our ocean, our fish, the filtered light of 11:30 on a mid June night, the shining drops of dew along a leaf edge in the morning.”