Monica Fairbairn creates vibrant, colorful designs to fashion unusual necklaces made of beads from Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Her inspiration comes from a cornucopia of materials adapted for adornment in traditional cultures, and recalls old ideas transformed into her own modern creations.
Favorite materials include millifiore and chevron beads, clay heishi from Columbia, and African coin metal, bone and sand glass. The Tagua Collection features the sliced and colorfully dyed and polished palm nut, which she imports directly from Quito, Ecuador. Tagua is the foundation of the South American “Vegetable Ivory” craft industry that uses a renewable native plant resource to support the livelihood of local artisans.
Her work has been shown at Dedham Square Artist Guild, The Shop at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Karenna Maraj collection, at Open Studios in Jamaica Plain, Watertown, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Cambridge, Dedham, Charlestown, and Jamaica in the West Indies. She lives and works in Watertown, MA and can be reached at email@example.com.