I love to spread the word about other ocean inspired artists and when I saw this story about Gwen Nichols of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, I just had to share it with you!
Ms. Nichols makes the glass mosaics pictured here, originally designed with her own sea glass collection. When she ran out of sea glass she returned to her first love, wampum, which is now her artistic medium.
Read about her incredible wampum jewelry here!
Gwen Nichols, born and raised on the Island, was exposed to the art of wampum at a young age, and has continued her passion for 24 years. Wampum is created from the vivid purple swirls inside quahog shells, which are commonly found around New England. Native Americans used the precious shells as a form of currency in the 1600s, and the shells are still considered valuable; their crafting is a popular hobby for Islanders. mvtimes.com