About DK Design

the woman behind 

DK Design

Silversmith & Textile Artist

Drew Kleinhen

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Hello, I'm Drew, & thank you so much for visiting my website & supporting my art. I am the working hands & mastermind behind DK Design Jewelry + Textiles Art Studio. 

I graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling in 2014. Soon after graduating I moved to Nashville, Tennessee where I worked for three different jewelry designers doing production work & assisting with design. On weekends, I would create hand-dyed & hand-painted textiles in my one bedroom apartment. It was a tight squeeze but it was the perfect way to unwind after a long week & keep my creative juices flowing.

At the beginning of 2018, I moved back to Northwest Ohio to blend my two passions into one, DK Design: Jewelry + Textiles Studio. The shop is located in an old, beautifully refurbished barn, where I can do both metalwork & fiber art all under one roof. 

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DK Design is a one-woman run
jewelry + textiles studio
focused on one-of-a-kind pieces. 

inspiration behind the brand

                                 youthful curiosities blossomed into adult passions

Jewelry

 I began falling in love with jewelry at an early age, playing dress-up in the jewelry boxes of both my grandmothers. I always enjoyed being adorned from head-to-toe in anything from large costume jewelry to delicate silver chains. In high school I began to work predominantly in 3d forms by way of ceramics. I had a deep appreciation for process + detail & knew I wanted to pursue art as a career. It wasn't until right before college that I found metalsmithing & took a chance on a new art medium. The minute I knew fire was involved to be a metalsmith, I was hooked. 

I am largely inspired by Native American Silversmith Jewelry for its bold use of stamping, gorgeous cuts of natural turquoise & beautifully polished silver. 

Nature

I am the daughter of a florist & a farmer, so in our family, nature is everything. As a child, Sunday afternoons consisted of family & nature. We would take these days to search for arrowheads & interesting rocks in the freshly worked ground or find beautiful flowers in the woods around our home. We would sometimes take the flowers we found & press them into books or hammer them into fabric. Other times my sister & I would collect fallen petals from flowers in my mother's floral shop & create our own "potpourri". This essence of using nature to create art is mimicked today in the way I generate dye baths & choose stones for a collection. It's funny to see how my youthful curiosities have blossomed into my adult passions.

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Jewelry

All of the Silversmith Jewelry at DK Design are created from scratch in house. Each item is hand sawed, drilled, hammered, filed, shaped, soldered, buffed & polished from either sterling silver sheet metal & wire. I hand pick each natural stone & hand-make each bezel the stone resides in. I am inspired by natural stones like White Buffalo, Crazy Lace Agate & any thing in the Jasper family.

I love the whole process from start (designing, concept, choosing a stone, arranging) to finish (soldering, assembling, polishing). This is truly a one woman show & as such, I wear many hats. The same two hands design, create, photograph & ship each piece. Great jewelry takes time & a lot of patience. 

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Textiles 

At DK Design, I use traditional

dyeing methods such as Shibori resist dyeing method

& color discharge (the stripping back of color).

When creating dye baths, I tend to concentrate on the build up of color in a single dye bath. No two scarves or textiles are the same.

 

I recently have been focusing more on the natural dye process; where I use items around the region to generate dyeable colors. Some dyes take minutes to achieve or weeks. The process of extracting dye from natural items takes time & is a true labor of love. Given the change of seasons, the options for color are continually changing & I am always on the lookout for more items to dye with.  

small scale, mostly seasonal,

dye baths produced from :

  • indigo

  • walnut

  • eucalyptus 

  • avocado

  • madder root

  • nettle

  • osage orange

  • sandalwood

  • goldenrod

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Natural tree barks, roots, berries, nuts, flowers & foliage