A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Karen earned a BFA with a major in Jewellery Design and a minor in Art History and then introduced the KONZUK line shortly after graduation.
Although Karen’s formal education focused heavily on working with traditional precious metals, the designer has always shied away from mainstream expectations. Karen began to experiment with stainless steel shortly after completing her studies. While the unorthodox material inspired her, its use required that she retrain herself since standard jewellery making rarely calls for stainless steel. The properties of this metal call for an understanding of unusual tools and manufacturing methods.
Through trial and error, Karen persevered to create a line that was unlike anything her peers and mentors were creating. Her diligence resulted in a collection of pieces that reflected the designer’s keen interest in industrial design and architecture. Through a studied use of clean lines and an unwavering commitment to a minimalist aesthetic, Karen has evolved KONZUK into an internationally renowned modern line of jewellery.
KONZUK’s designs mirror the heroic restraint of modernist architectural practice while marrying balance with minimal form — each piece is artfully constructed from the meaningful use of industrial materials.
Through a studied use of clean lines and an unwavering commitment to a minimalist aesthetic, KONZUK has become the internationally renowned modern line of handcrafted jewellery for the contemporary design lover.