Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Meet the Artisans of SSNE: Kari Kurtz of Little Gems by Kari

How did you get your start and when did you first become interested in your craft?
My best friend learned to make earrings and showed me.  I started devouring everything I could to learn new techniques from then on out- I got bit by the bug!  Thanks, Jocelyn!

Describe your work process to us.
I try to set aside time to sit down and surround myself with one type of project (I do a handful) and then set a goal of I'd like to make 5 new necklaces tonight or 10 bookmarks. I flip on a fun TV show/movie and get working!

What do you like best about what you do?
 It's almost meditative to me. I can just focus on making something and let everything else slip away.

What do you find most challenging about your work?
I'm a messy artist- I often misplace a bag of this or that and spend 30 minutes trying to find it.

What inspires you?   How are your inspirations expressed in your work?
 I see a bead or an outfit and the wheels start turning in my mind.  Sometimes it is a finished piece I see and I try to "improve" it by using the concept but adding length and a button, etc.  Then I sketch it out to find the pieces later or tear apart my work area trying to find what I need.

What are your 3 favorite things in your studio?
An angel statue my friend gave me, a lamp that was my great grandmother's, and a set of craftsman mini pliers (my dad bought them for me and they fit perfect in my hands!)

Tell us 3 things that no one would ever guess about you.
 I LOVE metal (hubby and I first saw each other at a Megadeth show).
I used to raise and show rabbits.
I have a horrible fear of birds (but I do like the Hitchcock Movie).

Where can we see your work?  
Locally my pieces are sold at yellow boutique in Saratoga, 491 Broadway

Little Gems by Kari booth set-up
Kari Kurtz of Little Gems by Kari
Kari's latest creation!

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