Kat’s come back again to the Maple Run Tour, bringing with her a new crop of delicate and unique wire crochet jewelry with her signature style featuring natural gemstones.
Viewers of Kat’s work instinctively exclaim, “It’s so pretty!” Her necklaces, brooches (including her unique nest brooch!), pins, and earrings range from casual/funky, to statement pieces, to special-occasion jewelry for weddings and other celebrations. All her pieces have one thing in common – they feature minerals and gemstones. Kat has a life-long fascination with “pretty rocks”, and her pretty, wearable and unique designs are inspired by their colour, shape and sheen.
Kat’s designs evoke people, places, seasons, music and memories for her. And for her clients too: Kat loves to remake family jewelery into pieces that can be worn every day. She can give a fresh new look to that memory-precious string of our mother’s pearls or crystals many of us have stashed away in our jewelry box. Kat welcomes private commissions, which give her the great satisfaction of designing custom pieces tailored to the personality of her client, a special occasion, or as a perfect match for a favourite outfit.
A cottage near Bancroft, with its famous annual gem show, plus a recently-acquired cache of rare stones from a retiring gemologist, are contributing to her ever-increasing stash of supplies for future projects.
Kat also presents her designs at private shows, Almonte Art in the Attic on Mother’s Day weekend at the Almonte Old Town Hall, The Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour on Thanksgiving Weekend, and Almonte’s Christmas in the Valley show held at the Almonte arena in early November each year.
My favourite maple memory:
My mother’s buttermilk pancakes on a Sunday morning, dripping with syrup from Lindsay’s on Highway 29. Our family lived in an old stone house near Kinburn, and we always used local maple syrup. I recently took maple syrup to my relatives in England, and now they can’t eat their morning porridge without it.