Kim Fox of
"At the age of 50, Kim Fox decided to make a major change in her life. After spending over 20 years in technology she decided to return to her first love, the arts. It started with a harmless strand of beads and grew
. By the time she was 55 she decided to take an inheritance from her mother and her retirement and redefine the second half of her life by going back to school. Kim Fox's education includes Design and Graduate Gemologist diplomas at Gemological Institute of America as well as training in traditional jewelry manufacturing methods at Revere Academy in San Francisco
. Her jewelry has won two international design competitions and articles about her and her work have appeared in Ornament Magazine, Bead and Button, Beads 2009 and 2010, and MJSA Journal as well as other magazines.
Kim is a member of the GIA Alumni Association, AGTA (American Gem Trade Association and MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelry Suppliers Association). All of the work she does is manufactured in the USA.
In between shows Kim lives quietly in the small community of Cordes Junction in a rose colored double wide with her three legged Pomeranian named Winnie the Pooh Bear, aka, Poofy. A little known fact: Recently Kim published a book of her poetry and photograph called Phoenix which is available on iTunes. She has been writing since she was in primary school and got her college degree in English." - Biography, Kim Fox - www.handfast.biz
Kim's Featured Dakota Stones Pieces:
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An Interview with Kim Fox:
* Do you have a method or source you look to use for inspiring your designs?
I design clasps, pendants and components to be used in jewelry. I am a Graduate Gemologist and look for interesting stones and beads that work well with my artisan designed components. I use architecture and shapes encountered in nature for my pieces. I love deco and nouveau inspired architecture and one of my favorite places to take pictures is botanical gardens. Many of pieces are designed to show how my clasps and components work.
* How often do you work on your jewelry designs?
For me it is a full time job, whether I am taking pictures of finished pieces, posting them on the web, sketching out ideas or use CAD (computer aided design) to develop new pieces. I also assist other designers in creating pieces for their jewelry lines.
* How would you describe your design style or technique?
Kim Fox designs specialty bails for pendants.
I have been trained as a traditional silver smith and gemologist and incorporate that into my designs but sometimes an idea wakes me up in the middle of the night and drags me out to try it. I will find a bead, component or idea and then gather the pieces needed to put it together. Cabochons and large focal beads that had a hole drilled front to back had me design a glue on bail that allows a designer to create a removable pendant in minutes. The desire to mix and match strands of beads had me design clasps that can be moved from piece to piece. Most of us want clasps that are attractive and easy to use. My clasps are large enough to be handled easily, attractive enough that they can be worn in the front, center and back of a piece. I do not plate pieces and make sure that the metals in my pieces are known and are American Made. I use the best quality stone and glass beads I can find in my finished pieces... Quality and uniqueness are of primary importance.
* Do you work in any other mediums beside jewelry design?
I have written since the age of 12. At times I have written technical and training material as well as poetry. I love photography.
* What is your favorite stone to work with
My love of stones is proven by the fact I went back to school in my 50s to become a Graduate Gemologist. Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, and Turquoise among others are my favorites. The vibrancy and strong color of the best of these stone are incredible.
* What is your favorite shape/size to work with
I love Dakota Stone's irregular shaped flat beads - especially the matte finish stones.
* If you could pick one person living or not to wear your jewelry who would it be and why?
I would love it if Mrs. Obama wore one of my pieces because of her style sense. She is willing to step outside the box.