Industrielle is art jewelry for the modern wo[man]*. Each piece is hand-fabricated and created individually in Kathryn’s studio, ensuring that no two pieces are exactly alike. Kathryn creates one-of-a-kind pieces that appeal to a wearer’s strength, sense of style and confidence to be an individual.
Twelve years ago, Kathryn moved from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada to Scottsdale, Arizona and started designing and creating contemporary art jewelry. She studied with local teachers and learned several techniques through her own exploration of form and materials. Her work has been featured in the Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art museum shops, and has attracted collectors who share her love of modern design. Last year, Kathryn moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where she feels at home near the ocean and part of a community and legacy of artists.
Kathryn’s pieces reflect her love of industrial design, mid-century modernism, contemporary art and architecture, classic black and white photography, words and poetry. She loves minimalism, near-minimalism, clean lines, geometric shapes and beautiful design in all mediums, from sculpture to lighting to furniture. She is inspired by her daughter Nika, a fine arts graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, who is also the model and photographer featured here.
Kathryn works primarily with Argentium sterling silver. Argentium has a minimum silver content of 93.5% and has the added element of germanium, which creates a tarnish-resistant finish with natural lustre and shine. Argentium is environmentally friendly and sourced responsibly. It is produced using only recycled silver from refiners and not mined silver. Argentium silver alloys do not contain nickel, making it a hypo-allergenic and safe choice for those who may have allergies to certain metals. It is also low maintenance, easy to care for and simple to clean.
There is a unique juxtaposition of feminine and masculine elements in many Industrielle pieces. The combination of silver, cultured and freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones, beach rocks and raw nuggets, with industrial components like concrete, rubber, stainless steel and hardware store elements give Kathryn's work a unique, contemporary aesthetic that reflects modernism with an edge.
"I believe that every woman is beautiful and that her “flaws” make her interesting. I create my jewelry to complement a woman's beauty, to mirror her strength and independence, and to celebrate her natural elegance and exuberance for life."
*Yes! Men's designs are in the works!