Kathy King grew up on Long Island, NY, graduated from Lehigh University with an Industrial Engineering degree in 1991, served four years in the US Air Force and moved to Cary, NC in 1996. Kathy always dabbled in some sort of art all throughout her childhood and discovered her true passion, beadwork, in 1999. She has spent the last 20 years creating hand-woven beaded jewelry, traveling the east coast selling her work at art shows and teaching classes throughout the US. Kathy created her own beading technique back in 2007 and wrote a book that was published in 2010, Bead Quilled Jewelry: New Beadwork Design with Square Stitch. You can find Kathy’s work on her website at www.kathykingjewelry.com and she sells kits and tutorials in her Etsy shop, KathyKingJewleryShop.
As for mixed media, Kathy joined CMMAG in August 2019 after playing with ATCs and other small projects over the years. During covid in 2020, Kathy discovered art journaling and has truly become addicted to it, loving the mixing of collage, paint and stencils. She took a class at the 2019 AOC introducing her to printing with gel plates and loves using the prints in her art journaling pages.
Kathy was excited to be accepted in the Cary Gallery of Artist Small Treasures show earlier this year, in which she won third place. She has recently been accepted in the Cary Gallery of Artists as well and will start selling her work there in September.
Kathy looks forward to getting back to doing art shows and teaching again. She looks forward to do more mixing of her beadwork with her mixed media work to create more sculptural artwork in the future.
You can see more of Kathy's creations on her mixed media Instagram page, her jewelry Instagram page, or on Facebook at Kathy King Jewelry. Below are some examples of her mixed media and beading works.