Sheila Ward on Oct 11, 2016
EXQUISITE collar! Kate's pieces are always even more beautiful when seen in person! And, this is also such a "user friendly" necklace because of the clasp! Outstanding workmanship, nicely packaged and fast delivery! Kate is one of my very favorite artists! Thank you so very much! 💜🤗💜
Another wonderful piece. I love that each item I purchased is unique and different. Very well made. Attention to detail. Simply stunning.
Very pretty! Love how versatile this piece is. Lovely.
These earrings captured my eye because they are so unique. Not only will they work perfectly with a costume I have planned, but I've already worn them twice since I received them and have gotten compliments. So pretty.
Kay Sundstrom on Oct 3, 2016
It is beautiful as usual.
Life is frequently beautiful but often imperfect - embrace it!
‘Growing up in the outer suburbs of London I never dreamed that I would end up living up in a tiny town in rural Australia and loving every minute of it’.
Having worked in the film and television industry for much of my UK based career, when I moved to Australia with my husband I decided I would take a different path. I have always loved making things and Quisnam started as a way to relieve some of the stresses that we all face in our daily lives. Sitting down with the intention of creating something is, for me, almost meditative. I can’t for the life of me remember when or even how I discovered etsy but, as soon as I did, a dream began to grow and, encouraged by family and friends, I launched my shop.
Life is frequently beautiful but often imperfect. My jewelry aesthetic reflects this and is handmade using new, recycled and salvaged materials. Rust, flaky paint, frayed ribbon – to some imperfections - are a feature of my designs and add to an item's uniqueness and beauty, a sentiment that could also just as easily be applied to life I think.
Having long been a frequenter of charity thrift shops (following in the footsteps of my mum) I love the idea of a ‘found’ object and incorporate them in my designs as often as I can. 'What else could this be?' is a question I often myself, hence my shop’s name Quisnam, which is Latin for ‘who’ or ‘what’. Over time my work has evolved and I have developed a recognizable style with a focus on texture and color; textile and ethnic embroidery, fiber and silk make frequent guest appearances in my pieces!
I am endlessly interested in the meaning humans attach to things- this is why a lot of my work incorporates objects that are considered amulets and talismans in some cultures. I only work when I feel inspired or I have a story to tell. I think this authenticity is communicated through the finished piece in much the same way as a canvas communicates the thoughts and feelings of the painter.
Apart from a shop window, etsy is also a doorway to a warm and welcoming community. Whilst I may never meet in person many of the lovely people, fellow artists and customers, I have discovered through etsy I count them as friends and my life is all the richer for it.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)