inquire about commissioning one of Shaye's
The theme of this series is "We all worship
something" which is a way to embrace all of
humanity, to celebrate our commonality as
well as our diversity and freedom of spirit.
Shaye's social work with victims of domestic
violence and HIV and now with the elderly
has highlighted life transitions as a normal
part of this work -- dealing with end of life,
end of relationships, new beginnings. Many
of her spirit beads and frames include a bead
or end piece from a rosary, or a piece of
jewelry that belonged to a client or member
of her own family. This lets Shaye celebrate
the gift of their lives and her connections
to them. "I believe that every time we connect
with someone, we gain something from that
encounter -- some shared wisdom, affection,
or just a piece of their energy," she says.
"The beads let me share with the world the
positive gifts I receive from those who touch
Starkey has spent most of her life in California.
After nearly two decades in graphic design,
she set art aside for a decade while pursuing
a career in social work. She now embraces
both passions, and brings the insights from
her work to her art.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife, Frances, and a 10-year-old cat named Socks who is the most human and affectionate creature they have every known.