Three time finalist of The Halstead Grant, Sara Gallo is always fun to revisit with her nostalgic doll shoe jewelry. After graduating from Millersville University in PA in 2011 with degrees in Fine Art and Art Education, Sara wasted no time and exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, earned a finalist spot in the Niche Awards and placed her jewelry in stores and boutiques worldwide.
Being a lifelong collector of bright, colorful objects combined with her designing talents she created a version of the Garden Party Bracelet. It was a hit when she wore it out and that was the beginning of her popular doll shoe series collection.
“I live for that moment of discovery (and the laughter) when someone realizes they are looking at a piece of jewelry made entirely from Barbie shoes! This is jewelry that starts a conversation…”
Halstead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $6,000 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please check out the 2015 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.