original inspiration…

Okay, I am going to flip the script once again and share with you an artist of another sort, Nancy Clarke, original jewelry maker, and story-teller extraordinaire.

Nancy told me that while she was crocheting a shawl one day she got a flash of inspiration, and she began to weave cherished baubles, tossed buttons, old jewels and gems into the shawl, in an intricate pattern and NMC, Martha’s Vineyard Jewelry was born.

I suspect many of us have ancient stones, beads, and old buttons we have no idea what to do with, but in Nancy’s authentic and artistic mind, they become innovative, unique, and wearable art.

Nancy has the ability to see an antique bead or a gem’s lost history or function and she restores the item to its previous splendor, displaying it to its best advantage, causing all who view it, to rediscover the wonders of a treasure we might well have overlooked ourselves.

Her jewelry feels good but looks even better and there is a sense of knowing that it wasn’t made by some soulless manufactured mold, but by the loving dedication and joyful spirit of Nancy. It is her trained and practised eye that allows her to know exactly how the jewelry should be displayed with simplicity and precision.

Each piece displays Nancy’s creativity and imagination, the narrative is told as a new story emerges regarding the discarded or forgotten jewel. It’s luster restored, repurposed and displayed for our pleasure, we delight in the resurrection of something old that has become new again.

Like an archeologist, Nancy clears away the dust to reveal the hidden treasures so many of us would have left by the wayside, unsure of how to create magic from something tarnished and imperfect.

It is the imperfection that draws Nancy to create her innovative and one of a kind art, and we are lucky to have found some jewelry that speaks to our hearts and our souls. Guided by Nancy’s intuition and creative vision, we are discovering art in a whole new way.