katy westcott's Profile

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I graduated from RISD as a jewelry and metalsmithing major in 2002. Working in fine jewelry in New York City, and eventually costume jewelry in Rhode Island, left me with a need for a hobby different from my day job. One day on our lunch break, a coworker taught me how to crochet. Eventually I started knitting, sewing, weaving and spinning wool. I discovered buttons and shawl pins to be the natural intersection of jewelry and textiles, so it wasn't long before I started adorning my knits. Making things for myself led to making things for others and I finally set up a shop after years of friends and family pressing me to do so - I'm glad I did! Now I have my own laser cutter on which I make knitting needle gauges, buttons and knitting related jewelry to sell on etsy and at local fiber festivals. I design and manufacture all of my items by myself. I also separately do freelance jewelry design for costume jewelry companies and fine…

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  • Joined April 12, 2006

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bamboo, wool, silver, gold, paper, ink

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Bamboo buttons and Wooden Tools for Fiber...

About

I graduated from RISD as a jewelry and metalsmithing major in 2002. Working in fine jewelry in New York City, and eventually costume jewelry in Rhode Island, left me with a need for a hobby different from my day job. One day on our lunch break, a coworker taught me how to crochet. Eventually I started knitting, sewing, weaving and spinning wool. I discovered buttons and shawl pins to be the natural intersection of jewelry and textiles, so it wasn't long before I started adorning my knits. Making things for myself led to making things for others and I finally set up a shop after years of friends and family pressing me to do so - I'm glad I did! Now I have my own laser cutter on which I make knitting needle gauges, buttons and knitting related jewelry to sell on etsy and at local fiber festivals. I design and manufacture all of my items by myself. I also separately do freelance jewelry design for costume jewelry companies and fine jewelers.
My two industries, jewelry and textiles, have a long history here in Rhode Island; my family has a long history in those industries, and I am proud to continue this legacy with my own small business.

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