Karen Klinefelter is a Vermont born artist now living and working in Boise, ID. She began working in metals as an apprentice nearly twenty years ago and after a rewarding long-term position as assistant to award winning jewelry designer, Timothy Grannis, established her own studio in 1999. Her jewelry is inspired primarily by patterns and textures in nature and in man-made objects. Third world travel has been a favorite opportunity to gather inspiring visuals. Studio time is intentionally playful. It often consists of creating collages of several elements, then breaking the complex designs down into their simplest, strongest components revealing the final design.
"I started out creating jewelry for myself. My life is active and outdoors as much as possible. I want pieces that are easy and comfortable, yet unique. They need to go everywhere I do. I don't want to be taking them off for a yoga class or a ski. I'd like to make everyone's favorite pair of earrings!"