Meet the newest member of the Need Supply family, Dear Rae Jewelry. I recently paid a visit to the Dear Rae studio space and shop to have a chat with Karin about her beautiful creations, what inspires her and how she got her start.
How did you get your start in jewelry? What drew you to it?
K: When I was a child, I loved creating 3D objects. My dad is an engineer but did jewelry classes as a hobby. When I was ten he started teaching me how to saw, solder and smith metal. I really enjoyed it an after school I went on to studying jewelry design and Stellenbosch University.
Where does the name Dear Rae come from?
K: “Rae” is my second name that I inherited from my grandmother. “Dear” a word that is associated with preciousness which related to jewelry. There is also a visual play in my name: if you take the “D” out of “dear” it becomes the mirror image of “Rae.”
What inspires you?
K: Everyday people, objects and patterns that pass my shop/studio window.
What is the best/worst part about working for yourself?
K: The sky is the limit…
Are there any other jewelry lines out there that inspire you?
K: I am inspired by Satomi Kawakita, her work is raw and precious.
What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
K: Doing some travelling.
Shop our selection of Dear Rae here.