Kathryn Bowman

Connected Brooch
Connected Brooch

Every living thing as a system of veins; you, me, animals, and plants. The veins shown in the brooch are a reminder of how connected we all are. The purple petals are fabricated in copper and Prismacolor pencil is applied with one sterling silver petal that has had its veins cut out.

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Evening Garden Bracelet
Evening Garden Bracelet

Signature bracelet with glass beaded bead flowers and an over the top sterling silver toggle. SOLD

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Sunset Gathering Pendant Necklace
Sunset Gathering Pendant Necklace

Great color sparkles throughout the pendant; purple, orange, pink, yellow, and magenta. The beaded beads attach to a sterling and copper formed flower that is part of the greater circle. This formed flower 24 petals and the top layer is colored with Prismacolor Pencils.

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Big Blue Bloom Necklace
Big Blue Bloom Necklace

A blue flower kicking up its petals is created in copper and colored with Prismacolor pencil. It snuggles into a oversized sterling silver shadow support. An ombre blue bead crochet rope completes the necklace set off with handmade end caps and handmade hook that mimics the flower pendant in miniature.

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My Creative Journey

I am happily a maker. I live to work with my hands. When I was younger I was sewing, embroidering, and crafting. When I discovered beads a lifelong love affair was started. I love working with beads because of the color, texture, and structure that can be attained and played with. But . . . in the beginning, when learning and exploring beadwork, it always seemed that I needed to buy a metal connection or focal piece for my beadwork. The metal objects that were available seemed extremely limiting and mundane. Actually rather alien to the beadwork I was doing.  Feeling that the closures, focal, or connections should be a visual part of my designs as well as functional I started taking metalsmithing classes. Wow, what fun was that? Metalsmithing classes open up a whole world to explore that I probably will never see the end of.

 

Now my Art Jewelry is a combination of metalwork and beadwork. The metalwork may quietly repeat an element of the beadwork or be the center of attention with the beadwork playing a supporting role, but always a harmony is struck between the two. My life seems to revolve around the current jewelry piece I’m working on, an active online presence with two Etsy Shops and selling on Artful Home, travel and keeping up with my friends that are scattered all over this country. It’s a great and creative life.