When Sarena Schumacher came to the San Juan Islands in 2009 for a short visit, the beauty of the natural environment inspired her to make them her new home. The Skullys were created in 2010 when she worked as a Park Aide at the quaint little County Park on Shaw Island. “As wonderful as the park is, it just needs a little pizazz;” and so the Skullys were born, and they moved right into Outhouse #2.
The simple purpose of the bead strings is to provide a sense of joy and curiosity, along with a happy memory of the location and time it was found. The more complex purpose is to instill a sense of “doing good for others,” and hopefully creating a “bead string nation” in which a person gets ahead in life, not by doing harm to others, but rather, lifting others up, helping out, and promoting others well-being. “Our society teaches children to fight, kill, and capitalize; particularly in video gaming and movies. I want my project to promote just the opposite. I want kids to get excited about helping one another and seeing the beauty of lifting others up.”
Sarena enjoys her tranquil life on San Juan Island with her 3 tiny dogs and her big dog, Jack. She is currently looking for the Skullys next adventure