Living in the ‘City of Lights’ Perth and the innate love of its surrounding nature provides an instant source of inspiration for Silver by Kat designer Kathleen Genat, who joins Tayha Design’s quaint gallery of talented West Australian jewellery artists in Mt Lawley. Silver by Kat is a charming and delightful collection of sterling silver jewellery that is thoroughly modern with a romantic edge. Using delicate and creative processes such as detailed etching and printing, Kat creates sentimental snippets of everything around us, particularly the natural beauty of the world. The use of patina and reticulated silver in her jewellery collection is uniquely individual as each piece differs from one another, providing the wearer a truly one of a kind jewellery.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you first aspire to become a jewellery designer?
My name is Kathleen Genat. I live in the beautiful Perth hills with my two small boys, Winston and Hugo.
Art has been a passion of mine throughout my life, doing T.E.E art, and then many art electives while studying teaching at University. After living for six years in New York, I moved back to Perth, and it was at that point I found my passion for designing sterling silver jewellery.
2. What is your main source of inspiration when designing your jewellery collection?
Being from the hills and surrounded by nature, I find this is my main source of inspiration. I love the texture, movement and shape of the world around us, and I try to incorporate that into my jewellery.
3. What is your signature style?
My signature style is modern with a romantic edge. I am developing unique and wearable pieces that are individual and suggest a story.
4. Provide a little insight into your creative and technical process?
I am constantly thinking of new ideas which develop on paper and from there I often let the creativity take over. I incorporate nature by roller printing and photo etching to give depth and uniqueness to my pieces, and often use the patina process to antique the silver.
5. Describe the person wearing your jewellery. What type of person did you have in mind when designing your jewellery?
The wearer of Silver by Kat is confidant, loves to tell a story, has a romantic edge, and a sense of contemporary style. She is not a person who can be pigeonholed, but she appreciates simplicity with depth.
6. What is your motto in life/Your favourite quote?
My motto in life is to stand firm in what I believe and to follow through with my dreams and goals.
“I have decided to stick with love,
hate is too great a burden to bear”
Martin Luther King Jr.
I aspire for my jewellery to be an expression of love, and to bring joy to the wearer.
7. How do you relax when you’re not making jewellery?
When I’m not making jewellery I love to spend time with family and friends, going to the beach and enjoying outdoor activities.
8. What is the best thing about Perth? Any recommendations?
I have been lucky enough to have travelled widely, and nothing beats Perths climate, beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Rottnest Island is a particular favorite of mine.
9. What is your favourite piece from your own collection? What is your most treasured or significant piece?
My favorite piece would be the bar pendant with the Banksia leaf print. I love the asymmetrical lines contrasted by the organic shape of the leaf.
My most treasured piece would be my ring with the three tiny hearts, which represents myself and my two boys.
10. 3 words to describe your jewellery.
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