Largely self-taught, Kate Wood makes contemporary beaded and chain work jewellery which is admired for its delicacy, intricately detailed finish and lightness of touch.
After graduating with a French degree Kate worked as a museum curator before turning her passion for jewellery-making into a career in 2005. Selling her first collections at London’s Spitalfields Market, she attracted a loyal clientèle and attention from boutiques and galleries soon followed.
The subtle, harmonious shapes of Kate’s beaded designs take their cue from natural forms and textures, and incorporate her love of beautiful gemstones and vintage glamour. Each piece is meticulously constructed by hand from multiple tiny beads, which are wrapped and ‘woven’ onto chains with hand-made silver pins.
Kate’s latest collection, ‘Talisman’, synthesises diverse influences, encompassing jewellery pieces from ancient civilisations, India and the Middle East as well as 1950’s diamanté and chain-mail. These new pieces explore chain work techniques to create a tactile, fabric-like structure reminiscent of crochet or lace, which glints in the light.
After 5 years at award-winning creative hub Cockpit Arts in London’s Holborn, Kate is now based in Bristol in the South West of England. You can find her jewellery in a number of wonderful galleries and boutiques in the UK and abroad.
For those looking for something truly unique, she welcomes commissions and will work with clients to create a special, bespoke piece of jewellery.