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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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Recap of Native Fashion Now at the Portland Art Museum

Kristen Dorsey

Last weekend I attended the opening of the exhibit Native Fashion Now at the Portland Art Museum. This incredible ground breaking exhibit features the works of innovative Native Design from across the Nation. I am especially honored to have my Stingray breastplate and ring featured in the exhibit. As always I had a blast re-connecting with my fellow designers. After seeing this talented group of entrepreneurs following their fashion dreams, I always return home refreshed and inspired.  

I also enjoyed exploring the shops, restaurants, and gorgeous gardens of Portland and hope to return because there is much to see! 

On Saturday evening the Portland Art Museum's Native American Advisory Board organized a special pop-up shopping event for us visiting designers. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and clients. 

Thank you Portland for a great weekend and I hope to return soon!

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