My work is an exploration of color through non traditional jewelry materials such as resins and plastics instead of the more traditional and well known semi-precious stones and minerals. Ever since I started making jewelry in 2001, I have been fascinated by color and design. It was only a few years ago that I was introduced to a world where I could actually create the color and all its details, all while making easily wearable jewelry. While color started out as a simple design element, it has now become the focus.
Katherine Swift grew up on a dairy farm in Loudoun County, Virginia close to Washington, D.C. She was always fascinated with many aspects of fine art, but chose to follow another career path in college. It was a chance meeting of another artist in 2001 that renewed Katherine’s interest in pursuing an art career. She took a beginning level metalsmithing class and immediately found the way to express her vision and creativity. Since then, she has studied at the University of Florida, William Holland School of Lapidary Art, and the Penland School of Craft to hone her skills. In 2002, she applied to an art show and has never looked back. Today Katherine participates in several art shows a year along with selling her work in several galleries and boutiques. She also designs and maintains her own website showcasing her pieces.
Honors and Awards
Honorable Mention, Sun Trust Central Park Art Festival, Winter Haven, Florida, March 2005
piece selected for judging, Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Deland, Florida, November 2005
Award of Merit, Sun Trust Central Park Art Festival, Winter Haven, Florida March 2006
Purchase Award, Sun Trust Central Park Art Festival, Winter Haven, Florida March 2006
piece selected for judging, Ocala Arts Festival, Ocala, Florida, October 2006
Purchase Award, Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, Florida, April 2007