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 http://shopyellowboutique.com/
|Little Gems by Kari booth set-up|
|Kari Kurtz of Little Gems by Kari|
|Kari's latest creation!|