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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.”

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Kristen Dorsey is featured on the popular Beyond Buckskin Blog!

Kristen Dorsey

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his morning I was thrilled to see my work and profile featured on the Beyond Buckskin blog. Beyond Buckskin is a ground-breaking, stereotype-busting, trend-setting blog all about Native fashion. It is written by Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe, a Ph.D. in American Indian Studies (focusing on art, literature, and education). For quite some time, I have admired her witty, and intelligent critiques of native appropriations in the fashion industry as well as her overarching mission of dismantling Native American stereotypes while spotlighting the richly diverse work of native fashion and accessory designers. In addition to the Beyond Buckskin blog, Dr. Metcalfe recently launched the Beyond Buckskin Boutique where you can buy fabulous clothing and accessories by some of the most exciting and innovative native fashion designers around. I am honored and super pumped to be included in this mix of awesome Native tallent! You can read my profile http://beyondbuckskin.blogspot.com/2012/05/artist-profile-kristen-dorsey... and you can shop my jewelry http://beyondbuckskinboutique.bigcartel.com/artist/kristen-dorsey-chickasaw. I think my Sky Serpent earrings http://beyondbuckskinboutique.bigcartel.com/product/sky-serpent-earrings and necklace http://beyondbuckskinboutique.bigcartel.com/product/sky-serpent-statemen... would pair beautifully with any of these Bethany Yellowtail cocktail and evening dresses http://beyondbuckskinboutique.bigcartel.com/artist/bethany-yellowtail-cr.... My Yellowtail pics are the tribal block bustier cocktail dress, the patent leather tulip dress, ruffle maxi dress all pictured here and available through the Beyond Buckskin Boutique.

Happy Native Shopping!

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