My jewelry line emerged slowly. I graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Jewelry and Metals from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. I had about seven years, which I refer to as 'before craft', where I worked an office job and almost never touched my beloved tools or sheets of silver. Slowly, I found time to get my studio in order, designs started to flow in my head, my hands gravitated towards my tools and a small jewelry line came to being. From there I started to play with my enamels, introducing color to my otherwise grey palette. Other design elements soon came into play, I had vintage jewelry parts cast in silver to incorporate into my designs, giving these pieces a new life and meaning. Now my visions of new jewelry designs grow in my sketchbook while I keep busy fabricating my already established collections. I know one day those designs will find their way into metal. I wake up every day excited to see what will come next, how I will add to my collections (new enamel colors or mixing metals!) and I continually find myself in awe of just how well my jewelry is received. Thanks to social media, I see pictures of my jewelry being worn by my beloved customers, sweet emails are sent my way thanking me for all of the compliments my customers get while wearing the jewelry I made. Even my packaging is praised! Being able to focus on my itty bitty business has been an experience more rewarding than I have words for. Thank you to all of my beloved supporters, without you I wouldn't be making piles of metal dust.
When I'm not making jewelry I am running, hiking, training for races, searching for waterfalls to swim in, identifying wildflowers and photographing everything. My adventures on the road and trail lead me to places so rich in beauty I hardly believe my feet got me there. As I grow stronger and more confident I explore more and take this beauty and strength back to my bench to inspire the work I send out into the world. While I am out exploring trails and training for my next long run I capture details which inspire me and share them on Instagram. Just as my jewelry line took time to come in to being, I see my photographs becoming a part of what defines me as an artist. For now, they influence which colors and textures find a way into my jewelry designs. I say for now, because I hope they become another form of my artistic expression.
Thank you for being awesome and buying handmade. xo, kim