Discovering her sensibility for designing and making jewellery was literally by accident. Thirty years ago while recovering from a snowboarding injury Kari enrolled in an Introduction to Jewellery night class at a local art college and she’s never looked back. Since receiving her BFA [Honors, 2003] from AUArts in Calgary, Kari has been a full-time studio jeweller with an adjacent interdisciplinary art practice. 

Well known for a minimalist approach to design, she likes to mix it up on occasion by experimenting with new materials, using found objects and challenging herself and her skills with unusual projects. Her inspirations include patterns in nature, mid-century modern architecture and ideas around notions of home. These influences can be seen clearly in both her jewellery design and interdisciplinary works. 

Though most of her time is spent on production jewellery and custom designs, her career has also included taking on roles such as instructor, event planner and small business owner. She has had forays into the realms of public art, site specific installation, curatorial projects and public speaking. Throughout her career she has worked collaboratively with art colleagues to create spaces and events that provide opportunities and support to other artists.

Kari is an experienced and committed craft community organizer who advocates for the handmade economy. When she can she volunteers for arts local and provincial arts organizations to support their ongoing work. She believes that connecting and collaborating with others are vitally important activities to building and sustaining creative culture and communities.