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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

It was wonderful to meet you at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in beautiful Sulphur, Oklahoma! I hope that you and your family had a wonderful visit to our Chickasaw Cultural Center. As a Chickasaw Citizen living in California, our Cultural Center is like my home away from home.  From the archives that hold the stories of generations Chickasaw families at the Holisso research center, to the beautiful bronze sculptures along the lake by Joanna Underwood which represent our people's ancient shell carvings, to the beautiful copper adorning the buildings, the Cultural Center cherishes and celebrates our tribal history and culture.  

This is also what I strive to do with my jewelry.  For several thousand years our ancestors have used jewelry to represent their place within their community, as well as to illustrate their world view. Today, I create each design to tell a story about who we are as Chickasaw people, and I invite everyone to wear my pieces with joy, bringing one's own connection and stories to the pieces. I am honored and thankful that you signed up with my list and I invite you to explore my website. Explore the stories that each design holds and discover how I found my passion for metalworking and making adornment. 

 

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