Drawing from her Scandinavian heritage, jewelry artist Kathy Hansel has merged her love of Nordic culture and art history with inspirations collected from the American Western landscape. Having lived in the Aspen Valley of Colorado for the past 24 years, Kathy has combined her career as an interior designer with her lifelong aspiration as an artist. Kathy has honed her love of nature, studies in anthropology and a deep reverence for Native American art into a collection of jewelry she calls "Alpine Tribal". This collection combines silver smithing and beading materials in a refreshing way that whispers of ancient ancestry.
"My studio is on our property, 7300 feet above sea level in Colorado. It is surrounded by Aspen groves and bureau of land management wilderness. Originally it was a bunk house for a cowboy and his horse. Given the opportunity to change its appearance during renovation, it molted into the traditional Swedish red cottage. This reminds me of childhood summers of bright light, sparse interiors, pale blues and whites, open windows with the scent of earth and trees. These elements reappear in my jewelry designs."
"As owner and designer of K. B. Hansel Interiors, I have had the privilege of living and working as a designer in the Aspen area for the past 25 years. Appreciating having had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented architects and builders in the country, and very special clients who love the beauty of the mountains as much as I do."
Working in collaboration with Gail Orrick of Coyote Couture Colorado, Kathy has used her aesthetics in jewelry design to complement and honor the beauty of the Colorado alpine coyote. Having used traditional jewelry materials such as silver and turquoise in her existing jewelry art, Kathy is creating a new collection, stepping beyond traditional materials revealing her current aesthetic sensibilities.
The Cody High Style exhibit featured a unique sterling silver design blending influence from Nordic animal mythology with American Indian animal spirit references. K.B. Hansel Jewelry exhibited a convertible broche/necklace with cut geodes, crystals, white sponge, coral and pearls at the Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,
Alpine Tribal Jade pendant complimenting leather and fur by Coyote Couture.
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