Jannette vanderhoop is from the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard. She is a serious, accomplished and prolific artist who makes authentic Indigenous jewelry. Her modus operandi is to “educate people to respect nature through art” and so, she produces her work as a form of environmental expression. By utilizing random parts of the natural world, including found and reconstituted materials, there is no lack of inspiration or originality. She has mastered concepts of color shape and design over the course of 12 years to create a signature for her work. Each organic colorful piece she makes is a wearable art object that nods to her culture and the history of her tribe while also celebrating her connection to the land.
Miss Vanderhoops work is recognizable and sought after by collectors. She has sold over 200 of her signature one-of-a-kind wampum necklaces to visitors and collectors from all over the world. With the desire to fight stereotypes as they relate to native people, and native american jewelry and indigenous fashion specifically, her work is decidedly contemporary. Made one-at-a-time, by hand, each piece is unique and cannot be duplicated. Through her life’s work, she hopes to put the Aquinnah Wampanoag people on the map as significant contributors to contemporary indigenous arts.
Using locally sourced wampum shells from the rugged coastline of Martha’s Vineyard, Jannette’s organic, colorful jewelry is appreciated for both its eccentricity and it’s simplicity. Meant to inspire both the wearer and the viewer and connect them to the essence of the sea. Anything but basic, completely authentic, these conversation starters are sure to turn heads and leave a lasting impression. Are you a collector? Because You are sure to be left wanting more!