Caitlin Parsons

Growing up on Nantucket year-round, I developed an appreciation for the tradition and history of the island. My father, Tim Parsons, has been making Nantucket Lightship Baskets and teaching classes for over 30 years. From a young age, I saw him perfecting the craft of weaving, woodworking, carving ivory and scrimshaw. His talent always inspired me, but not until moving back to the island in 2013 did I discover the new trend of Nantucket Basket Bracelets. I’ve known how to weave for years so creating bracelets came naturally to me. From there, I learned to hand-carve the ivory end caps and scrimshaw. Once I began experimenting with designs, I was hooked. I love how the bracelets represent the Nantucket Basket tradition using the same materials and techniques while being innovative and modern. I’m very proud to continue the Nantucket Basket-making tradition with my Nantucket Bracelets and hope you love them too!

Courses with Caitlin Parsons

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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