December 8, 2010

Kari Woo

Solid Sterling Silver Reversible Pendants

First drawn to jewellery through her mother's treasure box of jewels and all the stories that came with each piece, Woo actually came to her craft literally by accident. During a recovery from a snowboarding mishap in 1993 which left her with an injured knee for months, she took a night class in jewellery making as a matter of interest and a way of passing time...seventeen years later she is still passing her time designing and making jewellery!

Kari's focus in recent years has been the development of her 'Draw the Line' Collection of sterling silver wire earrings and corresponding pendants and her 'Solid Ground' Collection of reversible pendants and versatile, bold rings. Having met with success and now distributing across Canada, Woo is finding time to experiment with and implement new ideas and design one-of-a-kind pieces again.

Sterling silver wire Cuff + Bangle

She is a full-time studio jeweller who also doubles as a mixed media assemblage artist living and working in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Kari is co-founder/owner of INFLUX Jewellery Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, an instructor with the ACAD Extended Studies Program and a founding member of crafter collectives in Calgary and Vancouver (Shiny Fuzzy Muddy!!!)  that advocate for the handmade and buying local. In her spare time she likes to think about the role of Craft in contemporary culture.

Her mixed media work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, across Canada in South Korea. Woo graduated with her BFA Honors from the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, 2003 specializing in Jewellery + Metals.

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