Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx with COATT

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To hail the return of the Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx interview series after a spotty hiatus, I have a special treat for you guys. Not only am I sharing my interview with Rebecca Coagan Scharlatt, the designer behind the Morse coded jewelry line called COATT, but I’m also doing a fun giveaway as well. Rebecca has very generously offered up one of her custom Morse coded message necklaces for one lucky Indie Fixx reader to win. Read the details below and after that my interview with Rebecca.

How to enter

There are two steps to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post with a 20 character or less message that you would like to be made into a Morse coded necklace if you were to win this giveaway.

2. Like the COATT page on Facebook.

One winner will be chosen to one a custom made Morse coded necklace with a 20 character or less message of their choosing. I will be choosing one random entrant to win. The winner must have completed both steps to be eligible. This giveaway will end July 20th at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be notified via email.

Now onto my interview with Rebecca Coagan Scharlatt…

How did you come up with the concept for your Morse coded jewelry line? What was your inspiration?

I really wanted a necklace I could wear everyday and one that was feminine, modern and meaningful. As far as inspiration, over the past six months, of all day everyday morse coded necklaces, I have found a plethora of inspirations that were in brain storage—like the amazing Jonathan Safran Foer character ofย  Oskar, who makes his mom a Morse Code bracelet, and the old industrial building that I can see from my loft window with the name MORSE in huge white painted letters that are partly rubbed off with age.

Who are three of YOUR favorite jewelry artists?

I love Satomi Kawakita, Blanca Monros, Conroy and Wilcox…I have conflict free diamonds on my mind.

What’s the best about what you do? And the worst?

The best is that I have made something that I love and people seem to love. I hope to one day soon start making use of the pile up of ideas in my head. The worst thing is waiting and running a business 24/7 until I can afford to take the time to create again.

Share any big accomplishments or goals that you completed.

Having a website after making and selling jewelry lines for the past decade without one is a huge hurdle. I have a line that I love to make, I can make it in a way that doesn’t hurt the environment and makes so many people happy all over the world. It’s more like a dream than a goal.

Share 3 things that you are crushing on right now from other indie artists/crafters/designers.

1. I love Alisha Louise’s bracelets, yes, you heard it…bracelets…soon to be released! Her enamel work is so fine and plump, nothing else like it. In the meantime, I would like the entire collection of pendants.
2.I must have the entire collection of Lillith Rocket Ceramics. They are beautiful and timeless. I will definitely register with her when I get married.
3. Here’s a pretty personal one, I think after 13 years of being engaged I’ve finally settled on a stone by Conroy & Wilcox, just not sure which shape…TBD.

What’s new or in the works for COATT?

In the works for COATT short term are more pieces in the jewelry line, details coming soon! There’s also definitely going to be a shop, somewhere a gal can really go to town registering for her wedding. I’d like to have some products be a one for one business model like Tom’s does.


  1. I would have it say “friend” or “Russia” whichever you think is more aesthetically pleasing. I would give it to my friend who lives far away as a means of communicating with each other. We’d probably use Morse Code to talk if we had to! Your work is lovely.

  2. I have a passion for belly dance and would love to win one of these beautiful necklaces that reads “passionate movement” to remind me dance is found in every step of our day.

  3. Secret messages? Brilliant AND beautiful. I’d love one that says “Relish the struggle”. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. “Let the Right One In”
    It is the english adaption of the title of a book I love, but more so it is a phrase I like to live and love by.

  5. I would love to win a necklace with “C plus C plus J”! I’ve already liked Coatt’s page – thank you for this awesome contest ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I Liked Coatt and I think the jewelry is awesome!
    I would love to have one that said “Brian” my fantasticly amazing hubby.

  7. “morsekoder til min dejlige mor” (it’s in danish) – she used to be a telegrafist and sail the seas – Im so proud of her – she would love this for sure =)

  8. This is such a great idea! I love these necklaces. ๐Ÿ™‚ My phrase would be “ancora imparo”.

    Thank you for the opportunity! (I “like” COATT on FB too!)

  9. How lovely! And thanks to Rebecca for her focus on sustainability and world-friendly business practices.

    I’d want mine to say “Rhinestone tomboy”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. “love at second sight” because everything and everyone deserves a second look

  11. DID I have been working hard on a personal freelance business for myself – Dry Ink Designs and i recently wrote it out as “DID” and I realized that i did it! I made this dream of mine come true! so…. DID

  12. these are so beautiful! i would love one that says: “Petrichor” (it means: the smell of the earth after it rains)

  13. These are so precious! I would get “Bless” to remind the to bless and feel blessed.

  14. What a fascinating approach to personalized jewelry. I’ve “liked” her on FB and looked around her website. I really need time to think about what I would say. Sounds like a perfect gift for DDIL when son #3 makes his appearance in early December, doesn’t it?

  15. These necklaces are so beautiful. I love that they could be a visible part of your outfit, yet carry a secret message. It is very difficult to say what I would have on mine, but I believe that “be peace” would likely be it. I often remind myself to not only feel peace in my own life but live in a way that gives peace to others. Having a reminder of this to wear would be amazing.

  16. i would love a necklace with “hello city” written on it. i’d explain but it’s a very long story! your work is beautiful.

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