Life before teaching yoga ...
Many moons ago, in another lifetime... I began working life as a seamstress at age 19 and by the time I was 28 I was a wedding dress-maker... What Katie Did.
Then life fell apart a bit and I had to start over. I went to college
and studied Art & Design and from that sprung a Hand-made Card
Collection... What Katie Did Next, teaching Creative Arts for 5 years part-time. I opened a shop in Bodnant Gardens called Treasure Contemporary Metalwork and embarked on a joint venture with the super-talented Nia Roberts... The Contemporary Design Company, creating all sorts of gorgeous creations for the art & gift industry.
As that partnership came to it's natural conclusion, my jewellery business was born... Kate Hamilton-Hunter Studio,
and until May 2016 it was my passion and privilege to employ lots of
talented guys and gals and see our jewellery in shops, boutiques and galleries all over the world.
Always passionate about recycling, our jewellery was made from biscuit
tins and silver, hand-made with love and provenance.
Due to the rise of cheap imports from the far east, our UK company struggled to compete and sadly closed the doors on 4th May 2016. It broke my heart but then, a buyer came along and two weeks later re-opened the studio in Abergele and under new management, carried on trading. So, if you see any jewellery with Kate Hamilton-Hunter Studio on the tag, then yes that is / was me, and my team are still making jewellery and flying the flag for Hand-made in Britain.
And along the way, through all of this, I also was blessed with raising four amazing boys, more commonly known as Team Awesome, I love them more than words can say.
Photos below: two of the many wedding dresses I created, hand-made card designs, pages from my sketchbooks, framed original art, my talented team at Kate HH Jewellery studio, my recycled jewellery designs and my Fab Four.