In the Meantime: Samantha Sexton

Beadwork goes well with a bottle of red wine and good music
Photo by Alex Workman

As the product of an unforeseen event and responses to it, countless people around the world have found new ways to occupy and entertain themselves and to make themselves productive. Around here, bird books and bedding plants have been hot sellers. Bicycles are hard to come by. Dumbbells have disappeared from the shelves of big box stores. My daughter-in-law cannot find an inflatable pool for my grandsons. And not least of all, yeast has become as hard to come by as a Schedule 1 drug. Today, I spoke with an attorney who, with her practice substantially idled, took steps to become an online notary public, thus finding a way to continue to serve others. On the following pages, meet three women who have dealt with extreme domesticity by kneading, beading and creating wholes that are much more than the sum of their parts.

Jewelry Making

Beadwork goes well with a bottle of red wine and good music, said Samantha Sexton. That is, until the wine diminishes her dexterity and a string breaks and beads fall like sleet and her dog chases them all about. She discovered her inner child and creative impulses during a prolonged work-at-home experience, and she began making necklaces and bracelets with supplies found during a closet-cleaning exercise. Before long, she was a regular visitor to the curb outside a Michael’s craft store. A resident of Midtown who grew up in Melbourne, Samantha has long been a shell collector for whom trips to bays and beaches are an essential activity. She has a particular fondness for oyster shells. “I think they are one of Florida’s gems,” Samantha said. “I have become much more aware of and informed about oyster culture since I moved to Tallahassee in 2012.” As the director of government relations for the University of Florida, she frequently interfaces with its Extension Service and the work it does pertaining to bivalves and their propensity for cleaning water. Uniting shells and beads, she said, has given her a “new appreciation for people who make jewelry for a living; it’s a lot more difficult than you might think.”

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