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A Heartfelt Thank You from Katami Designs!

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Katami | 0 comments

This February, we would like to show our gratitude to all of our loyal friends and clients who have supported us since we opened our doors nearly six years ago! To celebrate the month of love, we asked some truly fabulous women to write down how they would describe Katami Designs in one word, and tell us what they LOVE about our brand! We would like to dedicate this month to all these stunning ladies, and to all of those who have so beautifully showed their love for our brand.

 

Eva:
"I love Katami because they are a completely unique brand. Every piece has a story behind it, and I enjoy reading the stories online. I especially love the Branches series, which were inspired by the nature in Stanley park."
 
Jesse:

"I Love the meaning behind the brand and the stories that are attached to each piece. The atmosphere at the shop is so inviting, and I wear my Fleur de Lis necklace all the time!"

 

Sinfor

Sinfor:

"When I wear Katami Designs I feel empowered and accomplished. If I've overcome an obstacle that I feel deserves a little something to treat myself with, why not make it a little special?"

"I just love how original her pieces are. They are different from every other brand. They have a Vintage feel, yet are modern, feminine,and slightly edgy."

 

Tracy:

"The pieces I bought from Katami Designs hold a lot of significance to me. The Branch necklaces inspired by Stanley Park is especially poignant given my recent move to Toronto. It is as though I am taking a piece of BC with me."

 

The responses we got were heartwarming to say the least!

Here our four-legged jewellery model, Kyio, is also spreading some KD love. Kyio is sporting our Araña necklace from our Apini collection while taking her inner Cleopatra out for the camera.

We would like to thank everyone who wears our brand and follows us on social media, and we would like to give a special thank you to the lovely ladies who gave us some of their precious time for the Katami Designs LOVE Project. These women embody what our brand is all about; creativity, passion, self-love and, strength.

 

XO

Katami Designs Team 

 

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Refurbish and Refresh!

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Katami | 0 comments

During the month of January we decided to try something a little bit different at Katami Designs.

We wanted to give people the opportunity to re-design their heirloom jewelry in order to keep it relevant to their own personal style, as well as today's fashion trends.


Those interested could meet with Negar Khatami for a free custom jewellery consultation to help them transform their sentimental, old-fashioned jewellery into contemporary and unique pieces.


I must say, we currently have  some truly one-of-a-kind pieces in the making!


Here is a little sneak peak of a finished piece we re-designed for Vancouver personal stylist, Michelle Addison. She was so excited about her new ring, she snapped a few pictures for her followers:

 



 

 

We still have one day left of consultations: Saturday, January 29th (by appointment only). Call or email us today to reserve your spot!

 

XO

 

The Katami Designs Team

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A Holiday Celebration with Alistair MacRae!

Posted on December 18, 2016 by Katami | 0 comments

Last Thursday marked the opening of our latest exhibition, Material Narratives, a collection of vibrant and dynamic abstract paintings by local visual artist, Alistair MacRae. We celebrated the holiday season as one should, surrounded by art, wine, live music, and friends both new and old!

What a great way to stay warm and look at some stunning local art and jewellery!

What a great way to spend a cold December eve, surrounded by stunning local art and jewelry!

Alistair MacRae has spent close to a decade developing his art practice through intensive studio-work and studies conducted in the UK and Europe. He has lived in many different cities until recently settling down in Vancouver, where he works at an East End Studio. His light-hearted and humorous personality really shines through his work.

Here is Alistair posing in front of his wonderful work, Abandon All Devices (centre).

Formal concerns, as well as chance and serendipity are fundamental to MacRae’s process, as his work refuses to adhere to a specific framework or predictable outcome. He believes that his practice falls somewhere between that of a stage magician practicing illusion to an icon painter crafting objects of personal and ritual meditation.

This is one of his paintings, entitled Four and Twenty Blackbirds...

We really enjoyed hosting and evening, in which a number of makers, and various other members of the community gathered in our space to share food, drink, laughter, and inspiration. The party was themed, Noel en Noir, and everyone was feeling the holiday cheer.

Here is our good friend, Uncle Dave (left), and his partner Marivelle (right), getting acquainted with the ever-so-bubbly Kaitie (centre).

One of our resident jewellery artists, Anj (left), and our friend, Giada (right), looking absolutely gorgeous in black and red!

Sally (left) and Sandy (right) bundled up for winter and admiring our Aeme-Stelle collection.

Two of our lovely resident jewellery artists Erin and Anj, hanging out with our marketing manager, Emilie (from left).

We're so glad our long-time friends, Eva (left) and Elizabeth (right) could make it. They are always the life of the party.

Of course, we couldn't have done it without our digital marketing specialist, Carl, holding down the bar!

We would like to thank everyone who joined us last Thursday night for our art-fuelled holiday party, and we hope to see you all again next time!

We will keep you all posted about our upcoming new jewellery workshops, and other events to distract you from the cold winter days.

 x o

Katami Designs Team

 

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Kieron Williamson - Plein Air Paintings

Posted on November 09, 2016 by Katami | 0 comments

With winter rapidly approaching, we have begun to pull out our best sweaters from storage and prepare for the holiday season in style! We have decided to go about things a bit differently this time around, drawing our focus to the creative youths that fill our lives with joy.

‘Potato Patch, Twilight’ 12th Exhibition |  2016 |  Oil on Board |  Picturecraft Gallery

'Potato Patch, Twilight', 2016, Oil on Board

This November, we will proudly be featuring the work of Kieron Williamson, a 14-year-old painting prodigy from Holt, Norfolk in England. Kieron began painting at the age of five, and has since then developed a passion for oil, watercolour, and pastel, which quickly developed into an extremely successful artistic career. At the age of 11, Kieron opted out of mainstream education to focus on his artistic career, and now spends the majority of his time painting outdoors, conducting research, and playing football (his other passion).

Kieron's subject matter mainly pertains to North Norfolk and the Broads, which evolved from a few sketches during a holiday in Cornwall, and eventually led him to his current international media fame and lightening fast sales at all of his UK exhibitions. He is one of the world’s youngest professional artists, and has sold and exhibited his work around the world. His 'plein air' paintings are collected all over the world, by all sorts of individuals. We are very lucky to be displaying a few of his artworks, which are on loan from a private Vancouver collector during the month of November. 

 Kieron’s highly developed practice and skill is incredible for a boy of his age, but it is also a reminder that a childlike imagination thrives in an artistic milieu, which is why we super excited about engaging kids in the community in our free November workshops!

 

 

 

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New Acrostic Collection

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Katami | 0 comments

Negar Khatami has just launched her new Acrostic collection, in which she has put a modern and sophisticated twist on an age-old literary device. These unique and exquisite pieces are cast in 14K gold and set with hand-selected precious stones. The first of each stone represents that same letter in the alphabet, thus enabling the wearer to sport a hidden word or phrase in an acrostic fashion.

Note that each elegant, diamond-shaped pendant is adorned with a different precious stone, instilling the collection with a timeless quality. You can view and purchase this collection online, and choose from a variety of colorful, premium quality gemstones using our drop-down menu. Any number of these pendants can be stacked onto their delicate 14K gold chain, creating a multicoloured, shimmering message    

             

With this collection, Khatami draws on an ancient tradition that has been used to convey underlying messages for over 3000 years. The acrostic form can be traced back to the original Hebrew Bible, in a series of poetic laments for the destruction of Jerusalem, then later on in medieval literature, where one can find several examples the acrostic being employed to highlight the name of a poet or his patron. Below, you may find a page from an illuminated medieval psalter, praying for the peace of Jerusalem. The author has bolded and coloured several of the letters in the passage to highlight an acrostic message for the reader.

   

    source: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2542940/posts

Once again, Khatami’s has imagined a collection is imbued with meaning. It continues a tradition of subtly disclosing veiled secrets and desires. The wearer creates the significance behind the piece of his or her choosing, making this gift all the more personal and thoughtful.

At times, it is the simplicity in which we express love for one another that brings us the most joy, and with the holiday season just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get your loved one something especially meaningful. Surprise those that mean the most to you with a secret message spelled out in precious stone. The Acrostic collection makes for an ideal Christmas or birthday present. Please allow two to three weeks for the completion of your order, as every piece is hand-made in our studio.

   

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