Artist Statement

First a sketch grows into a detailed drawing, then the elements are isolated and designated for metal and beadwork. Finally, my favorite part, the fun of making.

The first years creating jewelry I explored beadwork, drawn by their endless colors. Acquiring metalsmithing skills was the piece to the puzzle when my creations became genuinely my designs. Beadwork gives each piece texture and color. The metal mechanism, repeating the rhythms of the design and beadwork, is created to provide a closure, connection, or focal.

A flower has become my expression of universal energy and hope. With floral imagery, my hope is to coax a smile or cause a pause to consider our fragile environment. Flowers are my vehicle to communicate our need to be conscientious stewards of our planet.

Kathryn Bowman Bio

I’ve been making things and working with my hands almost since birth. Growing up on a farm, I was deeply involved with nature, planting, growing livestock, and observing. My Dad had a low bench in his machine shop where I could work with wire and metal scraps. My Mom had me embroidering as soon as I could hold onto a needle, and embroidery became my first love. I have experimented and even mastered a few textile arts in my life of making. Coming from a farming background, being an artist just wasn’t advised as practical, when I was starting out in the world to make a living. I know my family was trying to protect me from certain starvation, but I could never stop being creative.


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