As a jewelry buyer, I am drawn to bold color and clean lines. This photo of the JFK TWA terminal shouts “Good Design!”
I’m also a fanatic about laser cut designs in any medium. Kathleen Dautel of Spark Metal Studio creates laser cut stainless steel that is hand finished and hand colored with epoxy resin. The forms are both architecturally based and drawn from nature with a linear graphic quality.
Kathleen has always had artistic influences in her life. Her father was a printmaker, painter and art professor. While at the University of Oregon, she took her first metalsmithing class and loved it. After graduating, she returned to the U of O to receive a BFA in Metalsmithing.
Kathleen moved to Portland, Oregon in 1994, and the city, its buildings and environment inspired her to pursue architecture. She continued her education at NC State, earning a Masters in Architecture. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to work as a project designer for architecture firms in the area, winning several design awards for many of the projects, but her love for metalsmithing has always been in the back of her mind. In the fall of 2009 Kathleen launched her own jewelry and metalsmithing line, Spark Metal Studio.