I've been getting asked, since starting my own business, that includes looking at jewelry all of the time, if my love for it has diminished at all. It hasn't. My heart truly flutters when I get to share a designer I love. Today I am excited to introduce you to Katie Carder Jewelry, formally Moira K. Lime. She is one of my designers at JA New York and just did a complete re-brand. Get to know Katie below!
I grew up in an artistic family and was always encouraged to be creative and use my own two hands to make things. I loved drawing, painting, making beaded jewelry and woven friendship bracelets. I was also exposed to vintage and antique jewelry at a young age thanks my Uncle who sold antique's. Whenever we went to his house for family dinners he would get out his trays of rings and let me play dress up. I was also lucky enough to attend a high school with a great art department that offered jewelry making classes which is where I ultimately fell in love with manipulating metal. I guess you could say it was the perfect storm that guided me to my love for jewelry and jewelry making.
After high school I studied at Indiana University where I double majored in Art History and Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. After I graduated I worked as a production/design assistant for two jewelers in Chicago and in 2006 I started Moira K. Lime Jewelry.
I got married last October to the man of my dreams and changed my last name from Lime to Carder. When I took my husband's last name I knew it was time to update my brand name. As a designer and maker of fine jewelry, my personal and professional life continue to impact my work. Katie Carder Fine Jewelry is the product of my life.
My process is very intuitive and my designs often grow and change from previous designs and ideas. Sometimes I sketch first and other times I just begin to create and allow the process to guide me. I hand fabricate everything in my studio from start to finish using traditional metalsmithing techniques, recycled metals and reclaimed and ethically sourced gems. Soldering is my favorite part of the process and my mini torch is something I couldn't live with out because it allows me to work on a more delicate scale.
I also love to collect and re-store antique and vintage rings (which I curate and sell along side my hand crafted jewelry) and I'm always amazed at the craftsmanship and details designers were able to achieve so long ago. Many of the techniques and tools I use in my work today haven't changed from the time those antiques were created, pretty cool!
I'm inspired by the shapes, patterns and textures found in the natural world, by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco design movements and by lovely lace and filigree and flowers and all things delicate and feminine.
I get excited about every new piece that I make and for a while that new piece is my favorite until I create my next favorite piece. Currently that would be this Rose Cut Emerald Fern Ring that I just finished up. I love incorporating the old and the new together and I adore the character that the antique old mine cut diamonds add to this ring.
Favorite designers and artists: My all time fave jewelry designers include Jacqueline Ryan, Julie Blyfield, Nora Rochel and Rene Lalique. My favorite painters include Gustav Klimt, John William Waterhouse and Edgar Degas.
Other than jewelry: I love to cook with my husband and I really enjoy baking sweet treats. I have quite the green thumb and love being outside in my garden getting my hands dirty. I also love taking my two dogs on long walks around our neighborhood to clear my mind and I find that practicing yoga really helps me feel balanced and takes care of my body after long hours spent at my bench.
Currently listening to: I always have music playing in my studio. I'm currently listening to Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Leon Bridges and there's always the classics that I turn to...Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, John Lennon and the Talking Heads. I also love to listen to podcasts (especially Radiolab) and the news on NPR.
See more designs on the newly re-designed KCarder.com!