KKD - African Trade Bead Bracelet 8
This stack-able bracelet is made with glass African Trade beads. These particular beads were modeled after the Venetian Glass beads prevalent in the 18th and 19th Century in Africa and used for Trade, thus the name. They are dark blue and white striped and finished with African bicone brass beads. All the beads are knotted on leather. There is a fun brass bell from Nigeria added for a bit of whimsy.
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!