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716 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA

(310) 489-3763

Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC was founded in 2011 by Kristen Dorsey, an award-winning Chickasaw metalsmith living and working in Huntington Beach, CA. For Kristen, jewelry goes beyond ornamental adornment; it is a medium with which she has forged her cultural identity as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, a Native American tribe originally from the southeast.  Utilizing natural gemstones, precious metals, and other materials, her handcrafted jewelry pieces are a unique mix of Chickasaw visual traditions infused with inspiration drawn from the beauty of the California Coast.  Dorsey’s philosophy is that “jewelry is a sacred narrative; it captures moments of significance for the wearer such as transitions in life, relationships with one another, and with one’s community, cultural identity, and spirituality.”

About Our Designer

I believe jewelry is a sacred narrative… capturing a moment of significance.

Jewelry marks the important transitions in our lives. It symbolizes our relationships to each other and our community. Jewelry captures our cultural identity and our spirituality. My beliefs are the foundation of my work… and I’m pleased to share it with you.

Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC began in 2011 - and is the expression of my academic and artistic interests. I honed my craft at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston while also earning a degree in American studies with a concentration in Native American studies from Tufts University.

The materials and techniques I use in my work reflect my passion for the history of adornment within the southeastern Native American culture. My designs reflect a unique historical and cultural perspective...one which connects me with my cultural identity.

Chickasaw jewelry is characterized by shell carving, copper relief sculpture, and freshwater pearls. Using Mississippian imagery from shell and copper gorgets as my inspiration, I create pieces using traditional materials. Working with these materials and imagery connects me to my ancestors.

Throughout history my people have persevered against all odds. They’ve maintained both strength and beauty. While all my Chickasaw friends and family inspire my artwork, I create for my Grandfather. He is my constant inspiration with his quiet, humble strength, loving spirit, and devotion to his family. The Chickasaw spirit lives on through him and inspires me to create for future generations of my people.

I firmly believe culture is never lost. It is only forgotten. Creating art is a way to remember. I create timeless jewelry rooted in tradition while maintaining a contemporary edge and elegance.

 

It’s my joy to share my work with you.


Kristen


Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC continually strives to maintain environmentally friendly and ethical manufacturing practices. All pieces are built by hand in Los Angeles, California using conflict-free natural gemstones and recycled materials.

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