Creative Freedom: Karen Joy Jewelry
Her Chicago kitchen smells like the warmth and glow of family, and her home studio reflects the precious time spent cultivating each piece of her jewelry. It is creatively designed. Karen Gill has created a bit of heaven with a whimsical flair, but she takes the craftsmanship of her jewelry seriously.
The Sankofa, an adinkra symbol made of citrine, druzy, nu gold and copper.
My adventure into jewelry design and metal arts began on a quest for a hatpin. With beads found in a jewelry box and some feathers, the first pins were made. Since then I have expanded my knowledge of beading, honed my skill in wire wrapping, and refined my talent and passion for metalwork.
Gill enjoys deck gardening, is an avid traveler and a fan of jazz. It is easy to find her work online on Karen Joy.com or etsy. You can also meet her at numerous art festivals in Chicago, where her many customers search for her to purchase the pieces they have grown to covet.
Karen Joy Jewelry was established in 2005 with my daughter, Sophia. She has since moved on while my commitment to creating unusual, well-constructed, handcrafted jewelry continues. I thank God for directing me down this path of beauty, art, creativity, and craft and for the wonderful people who have encouraged, taught, and shopped with me. Since making my first hatpin, working at my jeweler’s bench has brought me both joy and peace. It is my hope the wearer of my art feels this joy and peace and treasurers the experience.
Wearing Joy pettina earrings