Gogo Ferguson has been designing her namesake pieces from her home on Cumberland Island, Georgia, for more than three decades. She is a fifth-generation descendant of the
Carnegie family, who purchased the majority of Cumberland Island in the late 1800s, then later donated most of the land to the U.S. National Parks in the 1960s.
Gogo grew up spending summers and holidays on the island with her extended family and moved there permanently in the 1980s to help preserve the island and its natural beauty.
Her jewelry line, which she launched in the late 1980s, is inspired from materials she finds naturally in the maritime forests and along the island’s shores.
Since she was a child, she has explored every inch of the island and has collected troves of rattlesnake rib and jaw bone, alligator toe bone, armadillo scapula bone, shark vertebrae, wild boar’s tusks, raccoon pecker bones, alligator garfish scale, and more. Her design process involves drying the materials, sketching a design, and eventually casting it once she feels it is perfected.
Gogo’s career highlights include designing pieces for the Atlanta Olympics, the G-8 Summit Meeting on Sea Island, GA, two presidential collections, and several films and television
shows. In January 2013, the High Museum in Atlanta honored Gogo with an eight-month exhibit, “Gogo: Nature Transformed,” which presented the evolution of her artistry. She and
her designs have been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning show, as well as Town & Country, Garden & Gun, The New York Times, and Coastal Living, among others.
In addition to designing her jewelry and home décor line, Gogo works tirelessly to ensure Cumberland Island’s preservation and legacy. She regularly leads nature walks on the island
and hosts corporate classes, educational programs, and lectures around the world.
Gogo and her husband Dave currently split their time between Cumberland Island and
Martha’s Vineyard, MA.