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Metal + Matter Featured Artist: Karen Konzuk

"metal + matter - a jewelry invitational" is a celebration of modern jewelry makers and an homage to our roots. Over the next 6 weeks, we'll get to know one of our featured artists through their own words and images.

Karen Konzuk's clean, architectural design sensibilities have meshed with our own since before we opened shop. We've carried her work for several years now, with an emphasis on rings and concrete jewelry. For this invitational we're showing her latest collection inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and produced in association with his estate.

How would you describe what you make?
Wearable architecture. Jewelry that elevates industrial materials into a contemporary context.

What drew you to this medium and style of work?
I studied sculpture at NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design). I was intrigued as to how I could translate this into smaller scale.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Don't chase a trend. Design for longevity.


If you could collaborate with anyone (living or not), who would it be and why?
Hella Jongerius for her process and sense of color.
Anyone from the Bauhaus school: Form is function. Design for everyone.
Omar Arbel (Bocci Lights): for his articulate sense of designed form

Can you describe your favorite part of the process in your work?
Solving production challenges.

Do you find that your work processes change with the seasons, and if so, how?
No, I primarily add to my process in order to fine tune production or to address a production challenge. For example, the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection is production intensive. In order to meet the demand and control price points I continue to develop ways to complete each piece.


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