Kathie Krielow: Artistic Inspiration for Conceptual Jewelry
By Lauren Abate
Kathie Krielow Jewelry Concepts. The name of her business is quite appropriate, because she does more than simply make jewelry. She doesn’t just string beads. She conceptualizes, creates and brings forth unique items inspired by what she thinks and what she sees on her life’s journey.
Krielow loves to travel and does it often for her mind, heart, and soul. If she finds a place that resonates with her, she will return.
“Revisiting interesting places is a favorite inspiration,” she says. “I go back to a place over and over again until I squeeze all the discoveries and adventures I can out of the place.”
When we spoke, she had recently returned from Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she’d spent a relaxing week in a very old home in the woods, snapping photos, soaking up the energy, and visiting antique shops and flea markets in the area.
Creating adventures started at a young age. “As a child I never experienced homesickness,” she recalls. “I enjoyed my home; however, leaving it meant a larger fish tank to play in, more water to swim in. It meant changing into a budding ARTIST.”
But her childhood was lovely, especially in the summer, when a child’s imagination can really run free. “I remember summer church camp and spending the nights at friends houses,” she says. “I spent one summer in Sweet Lake on Maws Maw’s farm while Dad was in Vietnam fighting…It was a nice diversion for me.”
Krielow says it was always a creative treat for her to head south to the farm. “Catching wild cats to tame later—what a crazy idea!” she laughs. “When you are on a farm 24/7, there’s something happening all the time. I even built myself a tree platform that year on the farm…. My own place!”
Nature has always been a direct pull for her. “God’s studio is nature. Everyone should visit it regularly,” she advises.
Her Lake Charles studio reflects the natural world with plants, crystals, artwork and her sweet dog—an oasis near the busy-ness of downtown where she can dream and create in her zone. And, she is always making changes to her space. “Rearranging things in a room just changes the energy and just makes it so much better,” she says.
Her most loyal companion is Molly, who stays by her side.
“My dog Molly is my constant teacher in life. Just having her in my work environment is indescribable,” Krielow says. “I’ve learned so much from my pet. She reminds me daily that I need to stop and love and kiss on her. Pets make everything at ease for most people and she is like natural meds for me.”
Krielow says Molly’s greatest trick in the studio is to paw on the customers–and they think it’s her first time to do it. “She’s very OCD and demands affection daily, regularly hourly. The customers seem to be sad when Molly’s not on the premises. That’s a rare occasion, but sometime she does go to the farm with her daddy.”
Creating daily is a natural-born instinct for Krielow. “I’m always doing something, whether it’s blowing the dust of my shears to give a friend a lift haircut in a time of need, rearranging furniture or visiting a friend and deciding I’m going to go ahead and trim up all her bushes because they just need it!”
Of course, there is never enough time for this very busy woman, whose mind never stops percolating.
“If there were more hours in the day, I would be able to do other creative diversions like painting, pottery or glassblowing,” she says, her eyes twinkling with excitement. “There is never enough time to squeeze everything I would like to do in my lifetime. A couple of weeks ago, I bought some original paintings in Tulsa from an 82-year-old artist named Connie. She paints every day…and gives me hope that I will be creating daily at her age. God willing!”
Kathie Krielow Jewelry Concepts
525 12th St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
Wed-Fri 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m.- 1-30 p.m.
Check out her Facebook page, which displays recent and vintage handcrafted works from 1991-to date. Random discounts are posted on impromptu sales that are run regularly.