Shakeera Thomas has over 10 years of experience as a crochet artist and jewelry designer. In addition to crocheting, knitting, and weaving fine metal wire, Thomas recycles materials in her crocheted jewelry making from plastic to electrical wire. She also creates commissioned customized work, has exhibited her jewelry designs at Art Basel Miami, Art Expo New York, Continuum PopUp Gallery, and has been invited to show her work at numerous local craft shows across the east coast.
Thomas co-founded Stony Brook University Stitchers, Stony Brook, New York, in 2008, a group of 70 women who volunteer their time and materials to create hats, blankets, prayer shawls, booties, lap blankets, etc. for the local hospital and communities in need. As a part of the initiative, Thomas has taught many Stony Brook Stitchers how to crochet building their confidence and creativity in the process. Thomas is also a maker of gourmet hot sauce as well as talented foodie who has continued five generations of family in preparing dhal puri, East Indian flatbread, in the traditional way using her grandmother's masala brick. Thomas has been invited to lead a number of workshops in traditional Guyanese cooking including a most recent invitation by the prestigious Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University on The Art of Making Dahl Puri.
Thomas resides with her family in Long Island, New York and part of the year in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.