Welcome to Foamy Wader, offering delicate handmade jewelry and home decor inspired by the seaside. All designs are hand-crafted mixing natural gemstones and precious metals, created with artisan wire work and metal smith techniques. Our jewelry is infused with a spirit of joy and playfulness - just like when wading in the foamy sea water at the beach. So indulge, roll up those pant legs and hop in!
After nearly three years in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood, we couldn't resist the call of island life and re-located to Whidbey Island! Our new boutique storefront is located at 107A First Street Langley, WA 98260. We hope you'll visit our new island home.
We are available:
Tuesday + Wednesday by appointment or chance
Questions? Send us a message, or give us a call! 206.778.8469
About the Artist
Foamy Wader is owned and operated by artisan jeweler Alexa Allamano (hi, that's me). I began toying with wire and gemstones in 2007 as a creative outlet from my day job in banking and regulatory compliance. Steadily my hobby became my passion. I left my career in banking in 2008 in favor of creating art and cultivating Foamy Wader.
My last name is Italian for "by hand" and I hail from a long-line of makers. Both of my grandfathers worked with their hands, one professionally as a carpenter and the other as a hobbyist lapidary, or gem-cutter. The latter instilled in me a fascination with gems from a very early age. My father owned his own motorcycle repair shop for over thirty years and my mother has always crafted (clothing, jewelry, costumes, truffles, soap, preserves...the list goes on).
Handmade is not as much "important" to me as it is an essential way of life. I draw inspiration for my jewelry from the seaside. The colors, shapes, textures, and ethereal sense of light, airy, playfulness are the main focus of my designs. I’m very proud that as I continue to grow and develop as an artist, I have kept the focus, all design, and fabrication in-house, handmade by me. Alla-mano.
I have been selling online through Etsy since 2008 and currently run all aspects of Foamy Wader (with assistance and in-person customer service from my husband Matthew). Since 2009 I have travelled the world selling at pop-up markets and craft fairs such as Renegade Craft Fair, San Francisco Bazaar, Urban Craft Uprising, and more. My jewelry can also be found in boutiques across North America (see our Stockist page for details).