Jewelry Made From Unexpected Materials

Nature is my primary source of inspiration.

 Whether I’m driving through the
mountains, strolling through a park, or walking in the forest, the natural world
presents so many creative combinations of textures, patterns, colors, shapes
and symbols.  Spiritual readings, meditation, travel and daily life all provide
opportunities for introspection, a spark, if you will,  that leads to my next
adventure.

Making art has always been my passion, it just took some time for me to figure
it out. As a child I was always creating things, but had little exposure to art or
artists.  While completing my final semester of college, I needed only two
courses to fulfill the requirements for a degree in Economics. Needing four
courses to be considered a full time student, I took two art courses for fun. I
was HOOKED and went on to earn BFA and MFA degrees in Metalsmithing and
Jewelry from Kansas State University. Over the years I have studied studio art
with over fifteen distinguished artists including Elliott Pujol, Heikki Seppa,
Chuck Evans, Helen Shirk, Thomas Mann, Marjorie Schick, Kate Wagle,
Christine Clark, Jim Cotter and Nelda Getty.

My current work focuses on the beauty found in common household items.
Materials such as paper clips, bobby pins, toothpicks, cotton swabs, soda
straws, cookie cutters, and sewing snaps, have been used to fashion jewelry
that is functional and stunning to wear. It is such fun to use ordinary, everyday
materials to create unique works of art.

Design to me is an adventure. I find the beauty of the craft in its individuality.
When designing a piece, I begin with an idea and allow the materials to dictate
the end result. Each piece evolves during the working process and records my
personal experiences.  www.kjartworks.net

Brooch - Felt, Bubble Wrap, Glitter Paint

Brooch – Felt, Bubble Wrap, Glitter Paint

Bracelet - Cotton Flannel, Sterling Jump Rings and Clasp

Bracelet – Cotton Flannel, Sterling Jump Rings and Clasp

Neckpiece - Wooden Clothespins, Wooden Beads, Acrylic Paint

Neckpiece – Wooden Clothespins, Wooden Beads, Acrylic Paint

Neckpiece - Plastic Cookie Cutters, Flannel, Embroidery Thread

Neckpiece – Plastic Cookie Cutters, Flannel, Embroidery Thread

Neckpiece - Plastic Dental Picks, Linen Thread

Neckpiece – Plastic Dental Picks, Linen Thread

Bracelet - Felt, Snap Closure

Bracelet – Felt, Snap Closure

Neckpiece - Bobby Pins, Horn Beads, Sterling Chain

Neckpiece – Bobby Pins, Horn Beads, Sterling Chain

Bracelet - Sweater Collar, Glitter Felt, Beads, Button Closure

Bracelet – Sweater Collar, Glitter Felt, Beads, Button Closure

Neckpiece - Plastic Leaf Toothpicks, Sterling Jump Rings

Neckpiece – Plastic Leaf Toothpicks, Sterling Jump Rings

Bracelet - Plastic Rope, Plastic Coated Wire

Bracelet – Plastic Rope, Plastic Coated Wire

Neckpiece - Woven Paper, Illustration Board

Neckpiece – Woven Paper, Illustration Board

Neckpiece - Sewing Snaps, Sterling Jump Rings

Neckpiece – Sewing Snaps, Sterling Jump Rings

Neckpiece - Wooden Joining Biscuits, Colored Pencil, Brass, Copper, Screw Eyes

Neckpiece – Wooden Joining Biscuits, Colored Pencil, Brass, Copper, Screw Eyes

Brooch - Plastic Spider Rings, Felt Back, Pin Stem

Brooch – Plastic Spider Rings, Felt Back, Pin Stem

Bracelet - Drinking Straws, Pony Beads, Car Wash Brush Bristles

Bracelet – Drinking Straws, Pony Beads, Car Wash Brush Bristles

Neckpiece - Drinking Straws, Pony Beads, Car Wash Brush Bristles

Neckpiece – Drinking Straws, Pony Beads, Car Wash Brush Bristles

Neckpiece - Paper Clips, Glass Beads

Neckpiece – Paper Clips, Glass Beads

Neckpiece - Metallic Paint Samples, Brass Brads, Brass Snap

Neckpiece – Metallic Paint Samples, Brass Brads, Brass Snap

Bracelet - Paint Chips, Paper Ribbon, Wood trim

Bracelet – Paint Chips, Paper Ribbon, Wood trim

Neckpiece - Fishing Weights, Springs, Beads, Washer, Picture Hanger, Jump Rings

Neckpiece – Fishing Weights, Springs, Beads, Washer, Picture Hanger, Jump Rings

Bracelet - Golf Tees, Brass Nails, Horn and Ethnic Beads

Bracelet – Golf Tees, Brass Nails, Horn and Ethnic Beads

Neckpiece - Fishing Swivels, Sterling Jump Rings

Neckpiece – Fishing Swivels, Sterling Jump Rings

Neckpiece - Fishing Bobbers, Plastic Lace

Neckpiece – Fishing Bobbers, Plastic Lace