Today we are honored to introduce you to Ann Kathryn from AnnKat Designs.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
Hello, I’m Ann Kathryn, owner and designer of AnnKat Jewelry Designs. I founded AnnKat Designs in 2012 as a creative outlet from my full-time job. As both my skillset and my jewelry line grew, I slowly transitioned to working full time for my own business. I currently reside in Milwaukee, WI where I design from my home studio. Almost all pieces are designed first in a CAD program, then 3d printed and cast in bronze, silver or gold. I finish the jewelry by hand and set all the gemstones. Because every piece is born and completed in my own hands, I feel a personal connection and love for my jewelry that I enjoy sharing with others. I strive to design pieces that inspire, uplift and radiate positivity.
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
I believe in this philosophy wholeheartedly. Creating has always been my passion and I’ve been blessed with family and friends who have encouraged and enabled me to grow as an artist. My family supported me through art school even when the odds of finding a “real job” in my field were slim. Against these odds, I did land a design job right out of college. Here I was able to hone in on my design skills and style but I craved more freedom and personal growth. As time went on, my business fell into place and I transitioned roles. I believe that if you follow your passion and have faith that it will all work out, you can never fail, even when times are rocky. I am thankful to be doing what I love!
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
I find beauty and inspiration in everything, but nature is my sanctuary. Being in nature grounds my wandering mind and allows me to focus, brings balance back to my spirit and inspires me all around. When my mind is open and free, I am able to soak in my surroundings and gain inspiration for new work.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
Often dreary days can be my most creative. I will cheer up my surroundings with aromatherapy and inspiring music, and get to work on a new design. If I get stuck my best motivation is to meditate, draw and just let my mind wander. My dog, Wink, and kitty, Olive, also help to boost my mood any day!
What are you most grateful for?
Above all, I am most grateful for my family and friends and for their ongoing support in my artistic journey. I am constantly inspired by those around me and am blessed to have a strong community of loving, encouraging and compassionate friends.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Ann Kat Designs!