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When I was a young child my parents enrolled me in a New York neighborhood dance class. Dance became a passion throughout my school years and as a high school senior, I earned a scholarship that enabled me to study further in the arts. The skills and knowledge I gained over those years regarding space, balance, and flow now inform my creative process. I also love color and pattern, and these too play an important part as I gather the many pieces that form each creation. Starting in 1982, sparked by a mobile I made with shells collected while on vacation to Cape Cod, Shellscapes began with a focus on unique home adornments; lights, candles, clocks, wreaths, sun catchers, mirrors, holiday items, and sculptures. I recently began a line of one-of-a-kind jewelry. When I create, I love to combine a wide range of natural materials; shells and sea life, agate slices, mineral and crystal clusters, driftwood, and vine wreaths for most of the home line. For necklaces and sun catchers, I use a variety of beads: crystal, shell (both polished and dyed), coral, mineral, wood, and bamboo. I often use a variety of production parts and materials to make sure that what I create is both beautiful and useful. Over the years I have participated in retail and wholesale shows, as well as galleries and gift shops. My newest venture is promoting my creations online: (ShellscapesByMarilyn.com). To this creative side, I add an MBA in Management Science, CSUEB, that enables me to wear the many hats needed to manage a successful business.
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