Making jewelry for me is about the relationship between the sensual and the mechanical. I love creating a feeling of individuality by designing with asymmetry. For example, the challenge in making earrings sculpturally different and yet cohesive. I am inspired by stones that initiate response and metals that contain subtle strength. By using a torch it allows me the freedom to infuse my pieces with intricate movement.
Ultimately, the joy I feel from simply seeing someone feel happy wearing jewelry made with my hands... that connection between the object, the wearer and the creator, celebrating their unique beauty, nothing better...
The intimacy of personal adornment has continuously inspired Kim Crocker in her individual interpretation of the art of jewelry since 1984. Kim found her beginnings in the trade by creating beaded work while touring the United States. Her collection has progressed to geometric, whimsical, wearable sculpture implementing many intricate mechanical processes, metals, gems and semi-precious stones. The current collection shows her desire to update through contemporary and historical artistic techniques and influences.
Kim has been a participatory member of the American Crafts Council and the Minnesota Crafts Council, including serving a term as a Minnesota board member, retailing her work through art fairs and galleries. Organizations and peers have acknowledged her efforts with awards during her career; in fact, two pieces were chosen to be part of the permanent collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.