BlueSkyStudioArt's Profile

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Hello & Welcome!

My name is Kathy. I live in a sweet little Western town with my husband, two cats, and horse. I've been designing jewelry for fifteen years. I love my job. The creative aspect is exciting; watching a piece take form and come alive is magical. My designs make people happy, and that makes me happy.

I have studied drawing, painting, art history, design, and photography at universities on the east and west coasts. I've worked in several mediums. These combined experiences have given me a broad spectrum to draw from in the creation of my jewelry designs.

I have another shop on Etsy called Stitch Countess. There you will find wildly fun and whimsical supplies for people who love yarn and fabric…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 24
  • Joined April 29, 2011

Favorite materials

anything I can transform into art

About

Hello & Welcome!

My name is Kathy. I live in a sweet little Western town with my husband, two cats, and horse. I've been designing jewelry for fifteen years. I love my job. The creative aspect is exciting; watching a piece take form and come alive is magical. My designs make people happy, and that makes me happy.

I have studied drawing, painting, art history, design, and photography at universities on the east and west coasts. I've worked in several mediums. These combined experiences have given me a broad spectrum to draw from in the creation of my jewelry designs.

I have another shop on Etsy called Stitch Countess. There you will find wildly fun and whimsical supplies for people who love yarn and fabric.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/StitchCountess?ref=pr_shop_more

Please "like" my designs on FB. I do appreciate the added exposure. Thank you!

If you're interested in learning more about the materials I use in my jewelry designs, please see the information below.

Adorn Yourself!

Best Wishes,
Kathy


MATERIALS & INSPIRATION

The rich history and artistic contributions of various cultures spark many of my designs. Each culture has a story to tell with the materials of their region. Their use of color and form conveys to us their day to day lives, the nature that surrounds them, and their traditions and beliefs. What they view as beautiful, valuable, or powerful may be similar or vastly different, and is what keeps things interesting.

Everyone is drawn to certain stones, colors, shapes, and textures. I try to imagine all the different combinations that might appeal to you. I enjoy giving you the opportunity to stay within the range of your normal taste or to experiment with an entirely new look.

My designs are made by hand and strung with high quality wire, cord, and findings to ensure design integrity. The wires are soft and flexible yet have the strength of stainless steel.

You will see a variety of ornamental materials from all over the world. Some of the stones are mined in the United States and others are imported. The semi-precious and precious gemstones are genuine.

The majority of glass and crystal is produced in Czechoslovakia, Germany and Austria. Other specialty glasses, such as Vaseline Glass, come from Italy, Indonesia and Africa. The colorful Tradebeads come from Africa, Italy and France. Out of China we have the delicate Cloisonne Beads which provide an exotic elegance to any design.

Most of the metals are imported from Bali, Turkey, Thailand, India, and Africa where the cultures have mastered metal work. Depending on the region, the metal designs will be bold and primitive, delicate and ornate, or a mixture of both. All of my materials are carefully selected.

By nature, some stones have characteristics that may appear as flaws. For instance, Red Apple Coral has dark spots, fissures and pitted areas. These characteristics are what provides the texture that makes Red Apple Coral look like tiny apples. Whether it's the dark spots on Red Apple Coral, the ridges on a Fresh Water Pearl or the mixture of elements in a stone such as Lapis Lazuli, it is a natural occurrence. These characteristics enhance their natural beauty. Natural stones allow us to let go of our need for everything to be perfect and to appreciate the cycle of life.

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