Jewellery designer Kate Rhodes grew up in the picturesque landscape of the Lake District. She studied an experimental foundation course at Cumbria College of Art and Design and received a BA (Hons) degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing from
Loughborough University. Kate’s studies gave her the technical foundation and freedom to explore different areas, and develop her signature style and exploration of metalsmithing.
Inspired by the countryside surrounding her home in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, Kate uses colour as a visual language through her jewellery. Her initial designs and sketches tell a story; she loves to doodle and draw until an idea comes to her. Colour plays an important part in her work, and she is highly influenced by 20th century abstract sculpture and textiles.
Bold and dynamic, the ‘Geometrics’ collection uses contrasting colours and shapes to create a work of art. Kate is inspired by Lucienne Day’s ‘Festival of Britain’ textile
designs, as well as Miro and Barbara Hepworth. Sculpture and colour sit together in this collection creating a perfect piece of jewellery for the wearer. This jewellery is for the wearer to ‘stand out’ and to feel confident, stylish and vibrant when wearing it.