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Meet Salihah Moore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Salihah Moore.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always been a crafty kind but about 12 years ago in Philadelphia, I discovered beading and it was so fun. My housemate and I taught each other in a dark bar which you can image were even more challenging with the teeny tiny beads and the thin needle. But we kept it up and when I moved to California, I wore a pair to a dinner party hosted by the incredible woman who owns a store in San Fransisco called “Gravel & Gold.” They started carrying my beaded earrings and it all grew pretty organically from there with more stores taking on my line. I recently expanded into wearable beaded art which I’m excited about.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
At times, it’s smooth but there have been a few challenges for sure. I’ve had bigger corporate companies steal my designs and smaller Etsy shops as well. When I began this business, there were only a few bead artists doing contemporary beadwork and that has changed a lot. It’s been important for me to stay focused on my creative ideas and keep myself turned on and excited about my work. I’m constantly pushing myself to try new things within the craft. Also, balancing my artistic passions while running a small business with all the logistics that entails doesn’t come too naturally to me. It’s been good to exercise that bizz brain!

Please tell us more about your artwork, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m an artist and jewelry designer working predominantly with glass seed beads. I’m known for making contemporary beaded earrings and wall hangings. Recently, I’ve started experimenting with beaded wearables which have been really new and exciting. I made three crop tops so far entirely from glass and thread.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Sitting in the tide pools in southern California and watching the ripples on the surface of the water.

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Image Credit:
Rebecca Stumpf (Studio pictures), Taka Nonaka-Hill (back of beaded shirt)

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