Graphic shapes and forms make for perfect statement pieces in KATKIM's universe of mindful practices and surprising designs
With a background in graphic design, Kat Kim caught a jewellery bug after taking a course at Central Saint Martins. She shifted gears into jewellery design and never looked back. After spending hours and hours investigating the environmental impact of jewellery making, Kat launched a brand with a
profound focus on sustainability, and today, she designs graphic statement pieces for the conscious and modern individual. Floating diamonds, unconventional cuts and graphic shapes, KATKIM is a brand for anyone looking for something a little bit outside of the norm.
Katherine Kim: ""I do a lot of my own research to make sure I am making the smartest and most responsible decisions for my business and practice. That was my number one priority when starting my business."
Maybe we can start with your journey into jewellery? It was kind of a coincidence?
I was in a different field for sure. The jewellery industry is such a unique sector, I would say. I didn’t have family members or anyone I knew growing up in the industry, so it kind of happened serendipitously. I was majoring in graphic design during college and then I did a few internships in New York at design agencies. I realised that it wasn’t really for me, being in front of a computer. It was not inspiring, so I decided to study abroad. I applied to Central Saint Martins, and I took their jewellery course there, and I just completely fell in love, and that’s when I shifted gears into jewellery. Jewellery for me has always been something where it takes me back to certain memories. I love that element of it; translating my ideas into something tangible that can be around with you forever. I loved how that whole idea was so meaningful and rewarding, so I decided to pursue it. And I am here today, doing jewellery.
Your background in graphic design also had a very creative aspect to it with drawing and shapes and so on. It makes sense that it could lead to something completely different, like jewellery design.
For sure. My training in graphic design definitely helped me, and I’ve been hearing that it shows in my work. A lot of my pieces are definitely very graphic. That training carried on with me through my work now.