Kate Davis Jewelry and A GIVEAWAY!
Charleston, South Carolina
What is your training?
What inspires you and your designs?
I tend to draw from the environment around me and I am most connected to myself when I am in or near the water. The colors & textures I discover while walking along the beach or exploring underwater primarily influence my work. I taught scuba diving and marine biology for about 12 years and had an amazing opportunity to travel the world and dive in dream destinations. Those experiences have shaped me creatively. Color combinations and designs only make sense to me if they have an organic nature.
What is your favorite piece?
I am in love with the ZULA cuff. Hands down it is my favorite. The large cuff is a huge ancient Megladon shark tooth fossil and the smaller one is a large Mako tooth fossil. We have acquired quite an inventory of these teeth and I love the fact that they are found in the South. I have established a great relationship with an insane man who dives in remote and dark rivers for these teeth. He is quite secretive about the locations of where he finds them but they all originate from North Carolina.
How has the south influenced your work?
What is your favorite restaurant in Charleston?
Wow that is a hard question! Charleston has some amazing, world renowned chefs! My first go to is always FIG. Chef Lata always incorporates seasonal ingredients and I die for his sweetbreads. Not always on the menu, but you can ask, and I suggest you do!
But my last date night with my husband was at The MacIntosh and I would lay down and die for their beet salad. Seriously, beets done three ways! Who does that?
What is your favorite cocktail?
Summertime in Charleston is insanely hot. To beat this heat I am a Pina Colada lady all the way! With fresh pineapple in the mix!!! I like it pineapple heavy and ice chunky.
How do you balance personal life and work?
I am still trying to figure that out! I am open to suggestions or good advice! In all honesty, my family is my main priority. I am fortunate to be married to my husband who is an amazing father and is also a creative person with his own goals. It helps that he completely understands me and is a big part of my business. Right now, we kind of run an ‘in home circus’ and try to balance each other. At the end of the day, we are both aware of each others dreams, and we just try to support each other.
Without a doubt…Indonesia! Diving and Surfing have to be possible in any dream trip that we plan! I want to cruise with sharks and stingrays in crystal clear water and have my family playing on fun waves.
Well, this would be way down the road. But I always imagine my son coming to me when he is older and asking me to design a wedding ring for his love.
Your favorite hostess gift?
I love giving gifts and I always try to keep them relevant to the occasion. I tend to overdo it a lot of times…but for me it is fun to put together a basket of fun goodies. Presentation is everything and I try to think of the persons personality. I really enjoy putting together a “theme” gift and cooking or cocktails is something that I think everyone enjoys. I love choosing a favorite cookbook or cocktail handbook and including the ingredients with funky utensils in a neat basket or container to bring it together.
Who is your style icon?
This is such a funny question. Does my mom count? My mom was the ultimate “fashionable” hippie and I have suede fringe dresses and moccasin boots that I stole straight out of her closet. I love the feel of that era and am drawn to women who embody it or can capture it.
I think Lauren Hutton is a big one for me….sexy and slightly off….! In this generation…I think Kate Moss and Sienna Miller have pretty much nailed the vibe I identify with. They do “retro” so elegantly and then put their own contemporary touch to it. It’s perfect!
Your favorite up and coming artist/designer/ jewelry designer?
One of my favorite up and coming designers is Megan Huntz from Atlanta, GA. She sources one of a kind silk remnants from Italy and hand dyes her own silk fabrics. I am in love with her pieces and admire her color combinations and designs. They are exquisite and you feel like a goddess in them.
What is your most treasured possession?
A carved ivory Buddha my dads father brought back for my grandmother when he came home from the Korean war and a carved bone lariat necklace that belonged to my moms mother. I feel like things from the past were made with so much more patience and love. The attention to detail in both these pieces is breathtaking and keeps me captivated.
What are you reading?
I am a voracious reader. I typically have about 6 books stacked up by my bedside table. I have been threatened with a Kindle for Christmas or my birthday and remain loyal to paperbacks. Right now, I am in the middle of BAD MONKEY by Carl Hiaasen. It’s a fun, light read for getting out of your mind at the end of the day. Hiaasen always has an underlying message of greed and corruption ( in south Florida ) throughout all of his books…but …in the past .. has created some insanely funny and unforgettable characters. Loving it!
What are you listening to?
I work all day in a studio by myself…music is a constant companion. Just downloaded “Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation” which, I guess is considered Electronic? Whatever…it has a Reggae, World Music, vibe to it. I am working like a monster listening to it!!!
Favorite Fashion / Design Blogs?
Be sure to go and check out her website. You can also win this AWESOME Cruz necklace that Kate has graciously offered to my readers.
The winner will be announced on July 5th.
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