Brooklyn-based designer Katie Fuller is creating amazing women’s jewlery. Each piece of Palomino jewelry has a story, some sort of connection to the natural world; therefore, the materials are carefully sourced to protect the environment as much as possible, to show respect for the perfection and synergy of organic forms and textures. Below is an inside look into her business!
Why the name Palomino? Are you a horse-lover?
I horseback rode for many, many years. My grandparents were also horse lovers and kept a pony for us at their farm in Pennsylvania. She was a palomino we named Cream Puff. There is a lot of memory wrapped into my work, and this memory begins with the name Palomino.
What inspires you?
Passion/devotion, Wilderness, Travel and Culture, Animals, Music, History, Literature (Books have always been hugely important to me), Strength, the ideas that propel an artwork, Curiosity,
How did you become involved in the jewelry design business?
Going back to memory, I took an afternoon leather workshop several years ago. The moment I walked into that classroom, I was triggered by memories of a life spent around horses. All of a sudden – and it did seem to come out of nowhere – I couldn’t stop making jewelry! All of these stories overwhelmed me and had to come out in this medium. For some reason, once I started doing beadwork, the memories, stories and ideas became even stronger. Beyond this, I can’t explain how it all happened.
What’s the most important must-have jewelry someone must own?
A necklace, obviously! I am starting to make more bracelets, but necklaces are the most fun. They can impact and dress up any outfit. It’s really quite extraordinary the power a piece of jewelry can have.
Describe your aesthetic.
My fashion roots are dedicated to punk rock, so I have lots of tattoos and wear lots of black. There’s a little bohemian, a little art school, a little 80s new wave all clustered together. Needless to say, I cannot leave my house without some sort of statement piece. This usually means a big piece of jewelry or my black and python skin Beatle boots. Whatever my outfit, I always go for comfort. I hate feeling confined by my clothes.
What’s your favorite gem stone?
My first love is turquoise. My family spent so much time out west throughout my childhood that turquoise is now written into my DNA. I love working with labradorite, though. With all its color and light, it is such a dynamic stone and really impacts a piece. I have been working more with rubies and love making that subtle luxurious statement.
What’s your zodiac sign? Is this reflected in your designs?
My zodiac sign . . . It’s a point of contention within my family because I was born on June 21st, right on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer. Let’s say I was raised Gemini but identify with Cancer. This doesn’t influence my work in any overt sense. Cancers are domestic. I work from my home, and I love it. That seems pretty domestic.
What’s next for Palomino Jewelry?
Great question! My ideas are evolving so quickly that I am always working to see where they take me. I took a trip last summer to Berlin to visit my niece. We visited the Bauhaus school in Dessau, and my design outlook was forever changed. What this is all leading to is right now I am feeling really inspired by shadows and light of the photography and film I saw by artists like Laslzo Moholy-Nagy and Lucia Shulz Moholy. I would love to collaborate on some Bauhaus-inspired photos with my photographer, Jen Painter. I see the work as a combination of her sensitivity to the subject and my determination to bring the drama, so lots of angles and dimension!