"My jewelry combines the unconventional with the conventional in both materials and methods. I apply new methods to old techniques and manipulate new materials in old ways.”
Beige offers innovative jewelry handcrafted from fiber and textiles. Experimenting with methods and materials, designer Kathy Whitney tests the boundaries of conventional accessories, art, and fashion. Based in Pennsylvania, Kathy studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design and education at Bank Street College. Kathy developed programs for museum audiences in the greater New York area before returning to design in 2010. First crafting wire knitted jewelry, Kathy now incorporates fabric and textiles into her designs creating statement jewelry that is modern, elegant, and easily wearable.
Beige’s collections evolve as Kathy advances her jewelry-making process. She often begins with a material that she finds inspiring, and through trial and error, she applies new methods to textile techniques. She employs various textile techniques – knitting, wrapping, braiding, and weaving. With techniques from knitting patterns and specs from hand-driven devices, she created her first home-made knitting machine. This machine was eventually replaced with a commercial model that she uses today.
As Kathy grows her studio in Pittsburgh, she continues to explore methods and materials. She welcomes custom order requests, including wholesale inquiries. In December 2017, Beige was featured in the collection at the Carnegie Museum of Art Store.