KKD - Kind Hearted Woman Hobo Charm
Hobo signs were used by tramps and hobos, displaced men, during the 30's and 40's, the Great Depression and the Second World War, as a means of communication. They would mark fences, sidewalks, buildings, interiors of barns, and railroad sidings with these symbols to communicate with each other about where to find food, a safe place to stay and even help for the sick. The first pendant photographed is the symbol for "Kind-Hearted Woman." The cat's name is Ruby, named after the very first story I heard of a true kind-hearted woman during the Depression.
The exciting thing about these symbols is that every show that these pendants have appeared in, stories have been shared by customers and visitors alike about family members that rode the rails during the Depression or helped those who did. It was a hard time for many, but the stories and memories that are being passed down are priceless. Hopefully if these small tokens help share those stories or carry down through the next generation a piece of that memory, I am thrilled to help carry on the stories and traditions.
The charms are fabricated out of cast bronze from original molds I've carved based on the existing records of hobo signs and symbols. You will receive a charm similar in shape, style and color to the examples photographed.
Thank you for your patronage.
Stemming from a passion for mixed media art fueled by a voracious curiosity for innovation in craft, KKennedyDesigns incorporates a range of mediums from fine and alternative metals to polymer clays, recycled salvage, encaustic, found items (shells, sea glass) and repurposed vintage finds.
Kristine Kennedy, the founder of and lead designer for KKennedyDesigns, has built the company modeled on her own multi-faceted artistic background. Not only is Kristine a jewelry designer, but also a Production Designer, decorative arts craftsperson and fine artist. Trained as a film maker at NYU and with a Masters Degree in Scenic Design from UNCSA, she honed her craft in design and fabrication. The organic and evolving style of KKennedyDesigns is in part due to this training and Kristine’s career as a Production Designer and Art Director in film, television and theater production.
This unique experience allowed her to develop jewelry designs that are wrapped in the shroud of story. Storytelling is at the core of all KKennedyDesigns artistic expression. As a result, our products transport the wearer, observer or participant to new worlds, on personal journeys. It is the personal and relevant experience we create that differentiates our work.
Presently, we are focusing on the concept of sustainability. This commitment extends to how we source our materials, as well as the lines we are choosing to develop and the causes we celebrate. Our new line, Milk and Honey, celebrates our pollinators and all they do for us.
We look forward to hearing your story and sharing ours!