Five for Friday: Sustainable Metalsmith and Jewelry Designer Kate Maller
Five questions with Denver metalsmith and jeweler Kate Maller, whose sustainable, recycled, and detailed jewelry designs reflect natural environments and aim to protect them. She's a brilliant businesswoman and a force, and we love carrying her work in our jewel box.
1. Where do you find design inspiration?
KM: My background is in architecture and landscape architecture, which heavily influences my sensibilities. I've also always been passionate about the environment, so my biggest source of inspiration is the natural world. I am constantly inspired by my surroundings, and my work aims to highlight + celebrate the beauty I see and admire in the landscapes around me - both natural and manmade. I love to travel, see art, and try new things. All of these activities fill me with inspiration and ideas for our new collections, which we release twice a year.
2. How would you describe your style?
KM: Edgy, yet refined.
3. What is some professional advice that helped you navigate your career?
KM: Always follow your passion. After completing dual masters degrees (architecture/landscape arch.), some would, and probably did, call me crazy for quitting my full-time job to pursue my passion and follow my dreams. However, doing so was hands down the best decision of my professional life. It unfolded more than I could have ever dreamed of, and we've only just celebrated two years this past spring!
4. What advice would you give someone trying to get into your profession?
KM: Be positive and persistent, and always stay true to your work. When you are first starting out, there can be times of low traction, rejection, or criticism that can be hard not to take personally. As Erykah Badu said, "Now keep in mind that I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my shit." Trust me - I get it, I am too, but it's important to trust that everything always works out for the best, and when one thing doesn't work out it is because something better is waiting. When you are starting out - it can be tough to be objective, and not take some things to heart. However, I am of the mindset that our thoughts and actions become our reality, so it's good practice to stay positive and persistent and keep moving forward. Additionally, be confident and stay true to your work - don't compromise your vision, goals, or values.
5. What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?
KM: Architecture Boat Tour, Sunda
Many thanks to Kate for finding the time to chat with us! Love her work as much as we do? Check her out on our website or in-store
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