I believe jewelry is a sacred narrative… I hope that my work can tell your story.
Kristen Dorsey, Photographed at the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center. Photographer: Tyler Raye[/caption]
Jewelry marks the important transitions in our lives. It symbolizes our relationships to each other and our community. Jewelry captures our cultural identity and our spirituality. My beliefs are the foundation of my work… and I’m pleased to share it with you.
Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC began in 2011 - and is the expression of my academic and artistic interests. I honed my craft at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston while also earning a degree in American studies with a concentration in Native American studies from Tufts University.
I am a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, a tribe whose homelands lie in what is now Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama. The materials and techniques I use reflect my passion for the history of adornment within southeastern Native American cultures. Each piece reflects unique historical and cultural perspectives. I especially draw upon stories from our past that highlight women in leadership roles.
Chickasaw jewelry is characterized by shell carving, copper relief sculpture, and freshwater pearls. Using Mississippian imagery from shell and copper gorgets as my inspiration, I create pieces that reference the materials and designs of my Chickasaw ancestors.
Throughout history my people have persevered against all odds. They’ve maintained both strength and beauty. While all my Chickasaw friends and family inspire my artwork, I create for my late grandfather. He had a quiet, humble strength, loving spirit, and was devoted to his family. He inspired me to create for generations of Chickasaw people.
I firmly believe culture is never lost. It is only forgotten. Creating art is a way to remember. I create timeless jewelry rooted in tradition while maintaining a contemporary edge and elegance.
It’s my joy to share my work with you.
Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC continually strives to maintain environmentally friendly and ethical manufacturing practices. All pieces are built by hand in Los Angeles, California using conflict-free natural gemstones and recycled materials.