I have been in the graphic design ﬁeld for over 20 years. Graphic design is very 2 dimensional and I wanted to challenge myself by creating 3 dimensional work. With my strong design skills and eye for color, creating jewelry seemed to be the perfect choice and it was a natural transition. I started making pieces for myself and had an overwhelming response! I took metalsmithing classes at a local community college to hone my craft. And so began Karen Smith Metalwear.
Nature, architecture and different cultures inspire my design concepts. Each piece is transformed, using different techniques, into one of a kind works of art. They're made of silver, brass and copper metals. Some of the surfaces are textured or embellished with enamels - glass fused to metal at a high temperature. The Karen Smith Metalwear collection is bold pieces of wearable art worn by women who aren't afraid of expressing themselves.