Local Designer

New Collection: Kimberly Baker

By Laura Cassidy October 14, 2011

 

If you follow Seattle’s most iconic and well-worn jewelry designer, you know that thus far she has worked pretty much exclusively with recycled sterling silver and gold. No gemstones, no color.

That changed this season when Kimberly Baker introduced hand-dyed silks, niobium metals, enameling, and just a few natural geodes to her line of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. I visited her this summer when the pieces were in various stages of production and was shocked to see echt-Baker amulets hanging from hot pink and electric blue cords. Shocked, and pretty smitten.

The metalsmith and designer has a sharp focus when it comes to inspiration and reference points; there is always a dark history lesson and baroque narrative at play. Even in teal and brights, her new work wanders around Wiccan iconography, ancient science, and esoteric divination.

Click through the slideshow here for a brief introduction, then get to Baker’s Fremont shop (or one of her stockists—I know Far 4 has the silk cord pieces) to see it for yourself.

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