Vicki Rollo has been designing strung bead jewelry for 20 years. She is intrigued by the infinite number of different shapes and composition of beads and loves to combine several elements in her designs. She uses many semi-precious gemstones and elemental earth stones in her gorgeous necklaces along with natural elements such as wood, bone, fresh water pearls, sea shells. . . even insect wings! She introduces man-made elements such as raku and Kazuri Fair Trade (handmade in Kenya) ceramic beads and Murano, Czech and Venetian glass and crystal.
Rollo is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. She has been a freelance graphic artist for 25 years and has always enjoyed creating mixed media art. She considers her jewelry to be a form of mixed media and her work is often recognized by collectors. She has been featured in Sarasota Style, Sarasota Magazine and Family Beautiful magazine. Currently she sells her work at the alumni and student “madeby” gallery located on the Ringling College campus and at her own Hearts Desire boutique “warehouse” located in a storage facility in Sarasota. The “warehouse” is open by appointment only.
Rollo is grateful for her artistic talents and believes in being a “generous giver.” She donates her designs to many local nonprofit silent auctions to assist them in their fundraising efforts.
I am a Vicki Rollo fan, 20+ years. The last piece Vicki created for me is a stunning collection of family heirloom charms that she incorporated into a contemporary necklace. This piece always starts a conversation.
Several Vicki Rollo originals are in my jewelry collection, which specializes in the unusual and artisan-made and dates back to the 1970s. Wearing and collecting jewelry is a passion of mine and at the risk of being immodest, I own a great many really wonderful one-of-a-kind pieces. I can tell you that when I wear one of my “Rollos,” I always get compliments. Compliments and the same questions, time after time. “Who made that?” “Where did you get it.” I tell them about Vicki and her Heart’s Desire Boutique. I even answer (in rough terms) those bold enough to ask, “How much did you pay for it?” And they are inevitably delighted with my answer.