Jewelry engineer Karen Lindner’s artistic collections are one-of-a-kind pieces that mix centuries aged dexterity with sleek, complicated design. Each tradition square is innate from reimagining a ancestral vestige in a new way. The stones, changed metals, antiques, and other earthy elements in her pieces were all formerly partial of a chairman or place’s story during some indicate in history, centuries ago. Since 2009, Karen has committed herself to carrying this story brazen to a new generation, so that a bequest of a strange owners, craftsmen and artisans will live on and get new definition in a lives of a people that possess and wear her singular valuables designs.
Everything from argent china purse handles and adore tokens, to napkin holders and candelabrum crystals finds new form in bracelets, cuffs, pendants, earrings and more. Karen pours her passion for family, adore and story into any facet of her personal life and veteran career and this loyalty resonates in all of her finished pieces. Her fantastic collections are red-carpet, wedding, or special eventuality prepared with a unequivocally personal, insinuate feel.
Karen Lindner grew adult in Columbus, Ohio and cites her father, who desired to paint and draw, as her biggest artistic influence. Her father Bob and dual daughters, Christina, 21, a tyro during Ohio University and Erika, 18, a tyro during Miami University (Karen’s alma mater) are her life’s joy.
Her endless settlement career started in visible merchandising doing dialect store window displays. Then a crony directed her toward interior design, that she did for 20 years. Multiple projects compliance chandeliers with semi-precious stones and antiques eventually led her to valuables design.
Along a approach a charismatic and common artist fake some smashing operative relations with antique dealers who source elements of her pieces here in a U.S., London and Paris. Her collections can be found in boutiques and shops in Ohio, South Carolina, Kentucky and Ontario and online around these stores and her website.
Her pieces have been featured in inhabitant magazines like “People,” “US Weekly,” “Seventeen,” “InStyle,” “Indulge,” “Beautiful Brides,” and more. Her prestigious list of partnerships embody doing spousal valuables for Grammy leader Miranda Lambert for her 2011 marriage to Blake Shelton and a runway partnership for New York’s Bridal Fashion Week with couture engineer Anne Barge. Her pieces have been ragged by existence star Theresa Caputo, hostesses and actresses during a accumulation of red carpet/award events, and in TV pilots. Most recently, she’s introducing an disdainful line of valuables for Detroit local singer/songwriter Jeff Gutt’s tellurian fan base, a JAGarmy.
Karen courteously took time out of her report on Mar 6 to pronounce with me about her career, a settlement process, Miranda Lambert, Jeff Gutt and other artistic endeavors in a following two-part Examiner disdainful interview. In partial one, we plead her artistic process, spousal line, Anne Barge and Miranda Lambert.
E: How did your valuables line evolve?
KL: I’ve always been an zealous partner of story and ancestral things and tiny things. we didn’t collect a lot of them. But, we had a few pieces that were not creatively meant for jewelry, yet we thought, oh, this would be a unequivocally cold square of jewelry. So, given we had finished some unequivocally teenager antique collecting, we had a few contacts in a world, a integrate offshore in London and Paris – people we had bought privately from and we contacted them. we pronounced this is what I’m looking to do. we know these are one-of-a-kind pieces and they’re singular yet could we come to you, kind of like an antique store uses pickers. we usually indispensable to know if there was a approach for me to source these things that was a one strike thing as against to going online. we determined these unequivocally extraordinary relations with people here in a United States and a integrate other countries. And found people who specialized in a kind of antiques we wanted to start operative with. we favourite a lot of opposite things, yet we found out there were unequivocally certain things that resonated with everybody else; like adore tokens and tiny pencils. They seemed to unequivocally strike a chord with people. These implausible argent purse handles that were on these extraordinary purses, yet afterwards inverted turn these roughly Aztec-like collars. It was by those contacts that we was not usually means to start sourcing things yet looking during what they could find that would work for me in formulating before we started doing any spousal or any bling.
E: Have we trafficked a lot for your valuables line?
KL: we wish we trafficked more. we adore to travel, all over a universe travel.
E: What is your favorite city?
KL: My favorite city would be wherever we would be with my family. we adore Chicago. My in-laws are in Chicago and we didn’t unequivocally know Chicago until we was married. But, I’d have to contend London would be my favorite city. Some of my favorite antiques that I’ve worked with have been British 15th and 16th century Tudor Era pieces. You’re usually holding these things and realizing how many story we have in a palm of your palm and it’s roughly overpowering. That’s how we felt when we was over there and looking during these buildings. It was life-changing.
E: Are some of your pieces dress and some excellent gem?
KL: Actually 99 percent of a things that we do that have a mill in them that’s some-more like a rhinestone are dress jewelry, early-to-mid 20th century, given there was a opposite turn of peculiarity then. There are still unequivocally finely crafted dress valuables pieces out today. The infancy of them are mass-produced in China.
There was a time when mill setters would set a stones away in a rhinestone square usually a same approach as a solid would have been set by jewelers. So, those pieces that we use some-more in what we tenure my Bridal and Carnivale, those collections are a dress valuables pieces. Some of a singular and surprising argent and bullion pieces I’ve used in my Refinement collection have had semi-precious stones in them. But many of them are not. Most of them are particularly metalsmith, artisan-made pieces from a 1800s.
E: Everything is usually so unique!
KL: They all demeanour different, yet in my mind’s eye, they’re all from specific categories, like a watch fobs. They all demeanour totally different, yet they’re all watch fobs. we source those all from fob dealers. The adore tokens are such a fanciful partial of a story and that tradition. Those are mostly from china dealers. They all demeanour a tiny different, when we buy a pencils and a vestas, that are tiny boxes that they used to keep matches in. Matches were such an vicious and vicious partial of bland life. They were also simply shop-worn and combustible, so they indispensable protection. You indispensable to be means to lift them with we all a time and they indispensable to be protected. So these boxes were grown in a 1300s. But they became unequivocally musical for a some-more chosen and afterwards done out of changed metals like china and bullion and stamp cases, that were unequivocally identical and usually a tad smaller. And those we suspicion were such judicious pendants. So we source those.
E: What are “you after” to emanate your pieces?
KL: I’m totally after a square that’s wearable. So it can’t be a 7 in. pencil. So, distance and aesthetics. we have a certain cultured that we go right towards. we adore aged monograms. we adore something that has a high turn of craftsmanship given we know these pieces were done by master jewelers, even yet they were partial of bland life, apparently for a elite. we adore Edwardian detail. we adore certain settlement elements of certain durations in history, so we demeanour for that. Then in my mind’s eye, we wish to be means to reinterpret it in a unequivocally complicated way, given we have a outrageous adore for neat and modern. So, we kind of quarrel myself on my divided loves. we take those exuberant adore tokens and we put them on unequivocally elementary contemporary bondage and we do that with purpose. we could put them on something equally as ornate, yet we wish those pieces to gleam on their own. we consider by mixing their exuberant or perplexing inlet with something some-more simplified, it usually amplifies their beauty. That doesn’t unequivocally request to my Carnivale pieces. The mosaics where I’m layering brooches, there’s zero elementary about that. Those are full on bling. That’s a whole opposite mindset.
E: Do we blueprint a judgment for a finished piece?
KL: I’m a percolator. we have to collect a pieces that pronounce to me. There’s no stealing things in light boxes and drawers. They’re all laid out and we start pulling them together usually as we see them relating to any other and it’s a unequivocally engineered thing too. They have to be means to lay together and be fabricated so that they stay together in a settlement that we want. I’m not a sculptor of those pieces. But, we am a grill napkin sculptor when we see something in my sourroundings that we wish to recreate.
E: How did a spousal line start?
KL: The spousal line started by a strike we had in Chicago, a gal who owns dual of a tip couture spousal shops in downtown Chicago. A crony of a crony showed her my things – mostly a argent pieces and she pronounced this is nice, yet it’s not unequivocally bridal. But, if we go behind to those candelabrum crystals that we showed me that we wanted to settlement around, that would make a good spousal collection.
So, with her influence, we started looking during antiques that had ancestral aptitude to Chicago itself and there is a line of dress pieces called Eisenberg that originated in Chicago. They were a tip of top. The Eisenbergs complicated underneath Cartier before they went out on their own; some other high ends lines – Boucher was my favorite, and he too, was sitting underneath Cartier. These designers combined these implausible rhinestone-based pieces; 3D flowers, large fur clips, and usually pleasing things. we combined an whole line of jewelry, my initial line of spousal valuables for her, for her shop, formed on these pieces and it usually started from there.
E: How did we bond with Anne Barge?
KL: My pieces became interconnected in a print fire with an Anne Barge robe and indeed a gal has a pieces in her hair, that is so musty and cool, we done a tiny criticism online observant how respected we was to see a print fire with their pleasing gowns and they contacted me immediately and said, would we wish to combine on a runway show, for New York Bridal Fashion Week and we said, Gosh, okay. It was a genuine honor!
E: And we did marriage valuables for Miranda Lambert! How fun was that?
KL: In a open of 2011 and as we was arrange of formulating this line for [Anne Barge], along came Miranda Lambert’s stylist, who knew my PR lady and said, we have an event that we consider your things would be good for, so any of those huge-career changing moments happened within 15 days of any other.
E: Were we given a instruction to go on or did we emanate a pieces and advise them?
KL: It was both. They pronounced she’s formulation her marriage to Blake Shelton subsequent open and her stylist thinks your line could be ideal for her bridesmaids. So from tumble 2010 by Jan we had conversations and we Skyped and emailed and she told me about her 6 bridesmaids and we was given trusted photos of these girls in their muslin ridicule ups of their tradition bridesmaids’ gowns and swatches of fabric. we knew in Jan of that year they were all going to be in shades of pinkish and pinkish and coral and kind of a churned pallet and would we bottom things on that and we did.
I was told in a center of a spring, maybe April, that she was going to have a spousal showering before to a marriage and afterwards another one was going to be during Kentucky Derby. At one of those times, could they have a valuables celebration and collect all a things out? we sent cases of stuff, over 200 pieces.
E: How fun! What did they pick?
KL: These are southern, stylish women so they any wore like 3 pieces. we did all their earrings and they all had large necklaces on and bracelets. Then we had sent a integrate some-more special pieces, not meaningful what Miranda was gonna wear herself, in case. And she did select my favorite piece. we called it a songbird necklace. It had an impossibly singular argent three-dimensional bird badge on it that I’ve never seen another one like, usually so beautiful! She finished adult wearing it during her 7 hour reception. It was usually a genuine thrill. we also had pieces on both of a mothers.
E: Are we still in hold with her or her stylist?
KL: Her stylist has contacted me given afterwards for videos and endowment shows. It’s been a gift. She’s been good to work with.
Check out a slideshow of Karen Lindner’s overwhelming work, including her Miranda Lambert marriage pieces.
In partial dual of a interview, we plead Karen’s new JAGarmy valuables line for Jeff Gutt, as good as recommendation for determined designers and Karen’s favorite pieces. Go to Part 2 now.
Visit Karen Lindner’s website during karenlindnerdesigns.com and follow her on Twitter @KLDDesigns.