House of Katharine Design
Katie grew up in southeast Asia where she learned to be a keen observer of culture and people. After earning an MBA, she became a Marketing Executive with Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City where she honed her strategic and management experience for fourteen years. This helped her subsequently launch several businesses in real estate, consulting and design. She is also a notable community and international volunteer, having helped transform people and improve organizations such as the Junior League, University Academy, Kansas City Zoo and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
Creatively, Katie comes from a family of artists, including her mother and grandmother, who taught her to knit, crochet, needlepoint, craft and sew. What started later in life as a creative curiosity about wire crochet, blossomed into a journey combining her interest in color and texture with skills of knitting and crochet. She creates pieces that she likes to call “refined chaos” because of their unexpected symmetry and uses a variety of mediums including semi-precious gemstones, leather, wire, metal and fabric.
She founded House of Katharine Design drawing inspiration from her Asian background, corporate experience, and artistic DNA. She hopes to add more diversity to her portfolio in the future, but for now, she is content with her now and then creative energy designing jewelry pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind.