I have worked in the graphic design industry for over 20 years and wanted to bring a fresh approach to the way I thought about designing. So with my eye for color and strong design skills, creating jewelry seemed to be the perfect artistic direction. I started creating pieces for myself and had an overwhelming response! So I enrolled in metalsmithing classes at a local community college to hone my craft and so began Karen Smith Metalwear.
Like many artists, my design concepts are inspired by nature, the richness of different cultures and the form and function of architecture. My current body of work captures the true art of expression – each piece is unique as the person who wears it. They are created by incorporating different metalsmithing techniques and the surfaces are embellished with an array of colorful enamels. The simplistic elegance gives each piece a timeless appeal and can be worn for any occasion.
With a growing list of customers, KSM is currently represented by 40+ retailers.