Back in the Great Pacific Northwest after ten years in The Bay Area, Katie is embracing the cloud filled skies, sunflowers, and the heights of the great mountains. Nature has always cast its spell far and wide upon her wherever she lives. Each insect, flower, even the pebbles that grace the ground tell a story that can be shared as a script for her internal landscape.
Through the lens of HartVariations, Katie creates tangible representations of the beautiful and the visceral that are both regional and universal. Cruelty-free and sustainably sourced butterfly wings, feathers, bones, snakeskin, bees and other objects are chosen for their textures, shape, and colors as much as for the roles they play in the natural world. Using glass and metal, Katie creates unique reliquary jewelry that provides a wearable snapshot of the vitality and endurance of these natural elements, capturing them in designs that recall the past and turn our eyes to the ever expanding horizon.
HartVariations has evolved over the years to offer not only small batch handcrafted jewelry, but ritual objects as well: wall adornments, semi-precious gemstone altars, memorial jewelry, and more. Collaboration with each store and every client that owns one of our creations is exactly why I create this work. Connection is key.
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“I trust my work. It’s a collaboration with the material, and when it’s viewed, it’s a collaboration with the world.”
— Kiki Smith