Beloved Little Lamb
Judith Hoetker of Beloved Little Lamb states about her work: I came to Brooklyn in 1992 to study painting at Pratt. In my sophomore year I took a jewelry making class. I was hooked, and I’ve been making jewelry ever since. I have a day job as a goldsmith where I make very serious, traditional jewelry. So in my off hours I need to make something a little weirder, a little larger, a little darker, or a little tougher, which is where Beloved Little Lamb comes from. I love Victorian jewelry and nature shows, German minimalism and Indian maximalism. I love transforming a material into something unexpected, or showcasing a material just as it is. I love the pleasure of finding a new designer who’s work grabs you, and the same joy from discovering something dusty in the back of a flea market that you just must to have. The feeling that it’s brand new and simultaneously like you’ve always had it. Jewelry that makes you look closer, makes you look twice.
Sara Dudzinsky draws inspiration from the natural materials she works with as well as vintage and antique objects of all kinds. Each piece is constructed by hand in her own studio in Portland, Oregon. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she attained her BFA in Metals and Jewelry from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Hart-VariationsAn artist and designer originally from Portland, Oregon, Katie J. Evans is inspired by the year-round color of the Bay Area environs and has enjoyed the process of allowing this muse to inform her distinct style of jewelry. She creates tangible representations of the beautiful and the visceral that are both regional and universal. Feathers, bones, snakeskin, insects 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.
K/LLER Collection is the fusion of Katie Deguzman and Michael Miller. The duo met in 2000 at Parsons School of Design in New York City, where they studied furniture design. Katie bought a bracelet off Michael to hide a tattoo from her mom and they've been friends ever since. After graduating, they progressed into the jewelry industry, and tracked each other throughout their growing careers. Collectively, they have designed jewelry for several private label clients. Individually, Michael honed her skills working in furniture, metal restoration, and lighting design, while Katie designed for Alexis Bittar, Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry, and more. In 2010, they joined forces and formed K/LLER Collection. The aesthetic of K/LLER Collection revolves around their interest in choppers, rusted tools, chemical reactions, and androgyny. They have a passion for manipulating raw materials from metals and leather to skeletal structures, and are drawn to the intriguing oddity of shapes. They love the juxtaposition of hard and soft, the dark side clashing with the sweet, and the knowledge that you don’t always have to behave. K/LLER Collection is based in New York City and is currently carried in approximately 30 stores worldwide, including the Helmut Lang global flagship stores, Cynthia Vincent in New York, and TenOverSix in Los Angeles.
Emily Bute launched the in house jewelry line for WINNOW in 2013. She has been a designer in the costume jewelry industry for over seven years; and has designed for brands such as Alexis Bittar, Urban Outfitters, Lee Angel, Macy's, BCBGeneration and Nicole by Nicole Miller. She uses WINNOW as an outlet to make handcrafted jewelry that reflects her personal taste; using inspiration than ranges from modern science to antique Bauhaus designs. She makes all of the pieces in her Brooklyn studio, using both new and vintage back stock parts to create new lines that are a little different from anything else out there.