Driftheory Artist Creates Holiday Ornaments From Sarasota Nature

Hunting & Gathering

BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY NOV 27, 2020

Odds are, many of you took the liberty to go out and find your Christmas tree this week with traditional festivities, lights and familiar tunes and movies commencing this wonderful time of year. And if upon setting your carefully-chosen tree up, and decorating it with the same box of aged-old adornments, you notice some barren branches and empty space just begging for a new ornament to be hung, consider supporting small business this holiday season by investing in a locally-made one filled with native treasures of the Gulf Coast. These handcrafted ornaments come ready to hang on colored rope with resin-poured pendants--no two exactly the same. Inspired by the tropical, coastal landscape here, owner and founder of Driftheory, Danielle Ferrantino, captures the essence of Sarasota's natural beauty by foraging and collecting various materials and preserving them within the hardened resin. Notice recycled palm tree bark, sand, seashells, wildflowers, coral, mica shimmers and even honeycomb that was gifted to Ferrantino from a local beekeeper at Myakka's Gold Apiary.

Ferrantino became a resin artist three years ago after she spent a year abroad living out of a suitcase, seeking connection through nature and culture. "Most of what I have created I have taught myself, she says. "I love traveling and telling my story through my jewelry. This is a great way for me to connect with people in a special way--all while enjoying all of the little things that make up this beautiful place that is my home, Sarasota."

Custom orders available upon request. Driftheory Black Friday and weekend holiday sale: Buy one, get one 1/2 off at The Market at Lakewood Ranch. The Market runs from 10 am to 2 pm every Sunday, now through April 2021. 

Photo courtesy of Driftheory

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