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Kirsten Muenster
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  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
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Website
http://www.kirstenmuensterjewelry.com
Relationship status
married
College / University
University of the Arts
Program / Degree
Jewelry/Metals
Member type
Artist
I am...
I am a jeweler.

I use recycled, vintage and ethically sourced materials. I believe in sustainable business practices and green resources.
About my artwork
Metal is in my blood. My ancestors were coppersmiths, sheet metal workers and artists. I am a jeweler.

I’m inspired by nature and its signals of growth, rebirth and change. The Japanese refer to the observation and appreciation for the cycle of life as wabi sabi. It’s a simple aesthetic that appreciates the beauty in imperfection and the elimination of the non-essential. This is a guiding principle of my work.

As a jeweler, incorporating found objects and vintage parts into my work is a natural part of my construction process. I repurpose vintage chains, buttons, mother of pearl belt buckles and other recycled materials in addition to agates, jaspers, and ethically sourced stones. With the exception of the thin snake chain, the sterling silver is 100% recycled content. All pearls and some stones are recycled from vintage jewelry. I also use some unique repurposed materials, things that are less common and not as easily recognized as being either recycled or reused, including copper fire brick, fordite, and recycled bowling balls.

Although I enjoy working with repurposed objects, my love of stones is very strong. I use agates and jaspers that are found in gravel pits, along lakeshores and riverbeds. The new stones I do purchase are from small, family owed mines. When these areas are no longer being worked, the entire disturbance is recovered, reclaimed, and seeded or planted. I also do a lot of my own stone cutting from rock found in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.

I believe it’s possible to have a beautifully designed piece of jewelry made with interesting materials whose cultivation does not fund corrupt organizations or promote unfair labor practices. I educate myself about the materials I work with to understand where they come from and whose lives they may impact. I’m always exploring more conscious and sustainable options for my jewelry materials.

My Website
http://www.kirstenmuensterjewelry.com

Flickr Photos
http://flickr.com/photos/kirstenmuensterjewelry/

Linkedin Profile
http://www.linkedin.com/in/kirstenmuenster

Facebook Company Page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kirsten-Muenster-Jewelry/23578368980
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At 17:47 on March 29, 2010, ben said…
hey please check out my new blog www.thecontemporaryartblog.blogspot.com
if you want to contribute to the site email benmaclean@hotmail.co.uk

thanks, ben
At 10:16 on October 16, 2009, Paula Jones said…
I have completely feel in love with your jewelry the rings on slide 2 are amazing!!!
At 23:03 on July 28, 2009, Dianne Engleke said…
Your jewelry is gorgeous, especially the seashell rings. I suspect all the pieces feel wonderful in the hand, and against the skin of course.
At 9:16 on May 13, 2009, Julia Douglas said…
Why, thank you! Bit of a jack of all trades me, wish I was master of one, like you :-)
At 10:35 on April 3, 2009, David Vanorbeek said…
I like you rings Kirsten
At 16:17 on March 28, 2009, mona gonzalez costa said…
very inspiring... beautiful work!
At 8:23 on March 20, 2009, prabhinder lall said…
hi...kirsten really superb designs i love your creativity....!!!prabhinder lall
At 12:57 on February 26, 2009, Michael Bowdidge said…
Thanks for the add and for your kind words Kirsten - your jewelry is exquisite.
At 6:40 on February 26, 2009, Michelle York said…
I love your work and your philosophy about your work. I am going to enjoy watching to see what you will do next.
At 1:45 on February 26, 2009, jun-jun sta.ana said…
WONDERFUL work!!!!!! :)
Love it!!!!
 
 
 

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