Name: Laura Mulholland
Company: Pisces Island (jewelry and crocheted accessories)
Location: Palm City, Florida
Dream superpower: Healing
How long have you been creating jewelry?
I’ve been creating my whole life, but Pisces Island started in 2011. As a Floridian, I was inspired by the ocean. I was actually making jewelry just for myself, but then my friends kept telling me they loved it and that I should sell. So I did. I didn’t study art in college; it was all soft-taught, including some help from YouTube!
How did you start selling your art?
Etsy is where I do best, but I also get a lot of my customers from Instagram. I am in another store in addition to the gift store here, and I’m definitely looking to branch out more.
Where do you find ideas for your work?
I find ideas everywhere! Sometimes I find them here at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. It could be a sea turtle, a sunrise or sunset, colors or wherever I am. It’s literally everywhere. I have to take so many notes in my phone so I don’t forget!
What are your favorite materials to work with?
My favorite materials are anything natural – like shells or wood. I get my materials from wholesalers, in the store, on the beach or at a farmer’s market if it’s affordable. I prefer to get it from the beach if I can. I would like to try working with glass or maybe even fabricating surfboards.
Where is your favorite place to see art?
Anything local, really. It could be an art show, a farmer’s market or a store. I love to see the people coming from all over and what they’re doing.
What is your favorite piece you’ve ever created?
I made my favorite piece in 2011. It was a flower made out of red-lipped conch shell with coconut wood beads. A friend of mine has it and she recently sent me a photo of her wearing it!
What do you want to communicate with your art?
I want to communicate my love of everything natural. Whether it’s animals, the sea or Florida, that’s what comes my way with a lot of what I do. And I like to give back through gifts. I’ll donate to other local charities, including Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
What is your inspiration behind creating?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. I’ll see a shell on the ground and a necklace will come to mind. I do surfboard art too. I guess you could say I’m inspired by the moments. To me, being creative means being open-minded and seeing the beauty in everything.