Kristen Dorsey first started creating jewelry while studying at Tufts University and earning her degree in American studies with a concentration in Native American studies. After graduating she proceeded to perfect her techniques at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. In her opinion, jewelry is not just something used to complete an outfit. She believes, “Jewelry is a sacred narrative. It captures a moment of significance for the wearer. A piece can mark important transitions in a life, it symbolizes relationships with one another, with one’s community, with one’s cultural identity, and with one’s spirituality.”
Kristen designs her jewelry as a way to connect herself to her Chickasaw ancestry. She creates all of her pieces using traditional materials and methods. Her inspirations include the Chickasaw and other Native American visual traditions, the beauty of the California Coast, and her belief that culture can be lost but art can be used as an important reminder. Her goal is “to create timeless jewelry which is rooted within tradition while maintaining a contemporary edge and elegance.” In 2012, the stunning Gifty Ofori, Miss Universe Ghana, wowed the crowd as she walked the stage at the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, styled in Kristen Dorsey one-of-a-kind jewelry. KDD is currently sold at Newport Colony Company, Maria De La Luz Showroom, Precious Metal Arts, Chickasaw Cultural Center, Chickasaw Nation Bricktown Tourism Center, The Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center and www.beyondbuckskinboutique.com.
Look for her at W Scottsdale this coming weekend 4-20-13, and online here!