Author, Heather O’Keefe, gives a very unique look at the history on how shell crafting became popular over the last century in her new book “American Shell Craft”. This book is not only for the experienced shell crafter, but also a beginner crafter as well by offering patterns to create your own shell crafting and providing inspiration for you to design and make your own projects.
With over 140 color photographs, Heather is able to share her own personal shell crafting collection which includes her vintage seashell jewelry handcrafted from the 1930’s to 1970’s.
A time when it was known as the “golden age” of vintage seashell jewelry.
The photograph collection in the book also shares shell designs from WWII American and Canadian Navy Hobby Manuals and shell brooches made in WWII Japanese Internment Camps.
About the Author: Heather O’Keefe is a retired professor of Marketing and Communications.
Minnesotan by birth, North Dakotan by marriage, and Floridian by choice, she has been an independent entrepreneur her entire life. Her love of big waters started early, growing up near Lake Superior, and fishing in the summer (and winter) with her father on the lakes of Ontario, Canada. She went to her first estate sale with her mother at age nine, instilling a lifelong appreciation for collecting antiques. Vintage shell jewelry combines her great, lifelong loves.
Heather has won multiple blue ribbons and awards for her shell designs in International Shell shows across the United States.
Heather`s “American Shell Craft” book is now available in my “Strictly Shell Art Store” at https://strictlyshellart.com/ Cases- Valentines- Watches and more.