Kathy King is an award-winning jewelry artist, beading instructor and author of Bead Quilled Jewelry: New Beadwork Designs with Square Stitch. In 2008, Kathy developed an innovative bead weaving technique called “Bead Quilling” in which the holes of the glass beads and thread are exposed, allowing the thread color to become an integral part of the final design. Another signature component of Kathy’s jewelry is the “Beaded Bead” in which she creates intricate beads by weaving hundreds of smaller glass beads together.
Kathy’s work is strongly influenced by her engineering background. Her bead quilling technique allows her to weave together sturdy structures, which she can further embellish and build on. For color inspiration and shape combinations, Kathy enjoys looking to historical architecture and cultural patterns from around the world. Bead color and texture combinations inform Kathy’s artistic direction and inspire new pieces.
Kathy is currently working on creating new 3D pieces, working with the construction ability the bead quilling technique allows her and combining it with other weaving techniques.