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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.”

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A Glamorous Round up of 2012 KDD Highlights

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Now that it is 2013 we have a chance to reflect upon the many exciting events that happened to Kristen Dorsey Designs in 2012.  Dorsey's unique jewelry has garnered attention from fashion designers, stylists, celebrities and bloggers who not only appreciate her bold yet feminine aesthetic, but also love how each piece is subtly infused with the history and culture of Dorsey's tribal nation.  2012 saw many milestones for KDD.  The links below feature some of these highlights.

Blood Quantum Earrings for the Beyond Buckskin Feature Week - In the summer of 2012 Kristen Dorsey Designs was added to the hot new online boutique Beyond Buckskin.  Beyond Buckskin features clothing and accessories of Native American designers from around the country in a well edited, ever changing collection.  Beyond Buckskin is also a blog that discusses issues of cultural appropriation in the fashion industry as well as highlighting the achievements of Native American fashion designers. Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, the founder and mastermind behind  Beyond Buckskin reached out to Dorsey to design earrings based on her necklace titled "Are you on the Dawes Rolls."  These earrings were designed to question the reasoning behind the controversial blood quantum system, a concept that every Native person must navigate.  The earrings made quite a splash and were featured in blogs, Tumbler pages, and Facebook discussions, and even in Indian Country Today.  They are still one of Dorsey's best sellers on the beyond Buckskin Boutique. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/mobile/article/what-percentage...

http://beyondbuckskin.blogspot.com/2012/08/beyond-blood-questioning-quan...

 

Bethany Yellowtail Fashion Shows: Sutra, Costa Mesa and Los Angeles Fashion Week - Kristen Dorsey Designs had the honor and privilege to collaborate with fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail on several exciting fashion events.  The first show took place at the night club, Sutra in Orange County and the second took place as apart of the LA Fashion week event Haus of Allure.   Each show featured B. Yellowtail dresses paired with Dorsey's Sky Serpent collection and  one of a kind statement pieces.

http://www.thelosangelesfashion.com/blog/2012/10/15/the-haus-of-allure-f...

 

SEASAM South Eastern Art Show and Market - Attending tribal events in Oklahoma always feels like going home for Dorsey. While California is where she was born and raised, Chickasaw country is a home away from home.  The SEASAM events are a time for re-connecting with friends, catching up with fellow artists work, meeting new relatives, and of course seeing lots of repeat customers.  Dorsey took home several awards including a first place in  jewelry. 

http://www.chickasaw.tv/#/news/video/2266 

For past videos featuring Kristen Dorsey visit: http://www.chickasaw.tv/#/arts/list/dosortsearch,150

 

Brettina Album Photo Shoot -Taste released this spring 

Los Angeles fashion week brought Kristen Dorsey Designs into the spotlight of several celebrity stylists.  As a result, Bahamian Jazz singer Brettina selected Kristen Dorsey Designs to accessorize her look for the release of her new album Taste (Spring 2013). 

Carrot Box Jewelry blog - 

In November this popular blog featuring only handcrafted artistic rings did a post about barnacle rings and featured the KDD diamond barnacle rings.  

http://glassfiction.blogspot.com/2012/11/jane-layton-kristen-dorsey.html

Bella Armoir Magazine cover - 

Bella Armoir Magazine asked Kristen Dorsey to write several articles on her labor-intensive process of repousé, the technique that she utilizes to create one-of-a-kind relief sculpture in metal.  Her "Are You on the Dawes Rolls" Necklace graces the cover of the Winter 2012 issue. http://www.stampington.com/bellearmoirejewelry/index.html

The Buy Native Campaign - The Beyond Buckskin Boutique created waves when it's holiday shopping guide for buying Native American made products and designs was picked up by major media outlets including Indian Country Today and even NPR.  Lending her voice to the movement was Kristen Dorsey discussing (in a sound byte) the merits of Native design on NPR's Morning edition. 

http://beyondbuckskin.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-buying-buying-nativ...

Miss Universe: Miss Ghana wears KDD - 

KDD was beyond thrilled that the Miss Universe contestant, Miss Gifty Ofori selected Kristen Dorsey Designs one-of-a-kind pieces to set her apart from the pack of international beauty queens.  Miss Ofori stayed poised and fashion forward in her selection of Dorsey jewelry durring her various events and appearances during the two weeks of competition.  Congratulations to her on her achievements as Miss Ghana and as a medical student. 

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