My name is Robyn Durlin, and I am the owner and Chief Creative Officer of NARFdesign.
I have always been fascinated by the ocean and the beach, and many of my fondest memories are of my childhood growing up near the coast of Maine. Due to my career as a web designer, I now live closer to Lake Erie (which surprisingly looks like a sea it’s that big) but I feel the calling of coastal life now more than ever. This calling has permeated my life so much that it was imperative that our wedding take place on the beach, and so my husband and I were married on the beach in Pensacola, Florida, and we used that beach theme throughout the ceremony and reception. I handmade our wedding invitations, most of the decorations, and my starfish hairpiece which got me hooked on making beach themed accessories.
I’ve become increasingly interested in creating my own line of beach and nautical themed jewelry with glass, based primarily on the things I would purchase in gift shops. After living in “Vacationland” for 23 years, I’ve come to truly appreciate genuine handcrafted works by local people. While I no longer reside in the State of Maine, it will forever be in my heart, and I am trying to incorporate as much of that upbringing as I can into my designs.
My collection of jewelry and accessories is inspired by my favorite beaches of this great country. The sea/beach glass in each one of my designs can be traced to a specific coastal region, and primarily features glass that I have either hand-picked or sourced myself (aka friends and family who also enjoy beach combing). Each piece containing glass is specified as containing sea or beach glass in the design details, referring to the regions in which the glass was sourced: beach glass is from the Great Lakes region, and sea glass is from the ocean.