KOSTÜM POP UP: ELIZABETH IN PEARLS
Saturday, October 14th from 1-6pm we will have Kim Turner, creator & owner of Elizabeth In Pearls, Popping Up! Kim tells us, “Elizabeth in Pearls is a jewelry and accessories company named after my grandmothers Elizabeth (Grandmommy) and Pearl (Ma Pearl). The pieces (mainly for women but there are small collections for men) are handmade using a variety of materials, including, brass, African and other fabric, various beads, cowrie shells, leather, crystal, paint, gold leaf and wood. The jewelry/accessories are inspired by culture, color, texture, nature and my ancestors.”
In order to get to know Kim and Elizabeth In Pearls a bit better we asked her a few questions, and here’s what we learned:
1. What do you do for work?
I am a jewelry designer and an educator. I create eclectic, jewelry and accessories, teach children/youth and do work with girls. I also lead workshops for adults who work with children/youth.
2. How did you get to that point in your career?
I began designing and making jewelry in college, while studying elementary education. I’ve always been involved in the arts and creating, so it came naturally to me. As I began my career in the education field, I also continued to create jewelry, at first for myself, then my family and friends. My work with girls grew from the need I saw to offer more for our girls, and a passion to share what I believed I could to assist them on their life journey and also their self-love journey.
3. What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about walking through life creatively and using outside the box techniques to approach situations. I am also passionate about working with the children/youth in my community, to tap into the gifts they hold inside to share them with others. This passion drives the way I teach and what/how I create as a designer.
4. What feeds you creatively?
Aside from my passion, I am also creatively fed by the things that inspire me. This includes my ancestors and the love and light they carried, even within their struggle to live. Music, nature, culture and color also not only feed me creatively, but inspire me as well.
5. What is one of your favorite aspects of Oakland (or area of the Bay in which you live)?
One of my favorite aspects of the Bay is the water. Whether a lake or a beach, I love being near the water.
6. How do you feel most connected to Oakland (whether it’s the people, culture, environment, etc.)?
I feel most connected to Oakland because of the work that I do with children/youth and the creativity that is a part of the arts and entrepreneurial, culture of Oakland.
7. How is fashion a part of your daily life?
Fashion to me is a lot about trends and I’m more about personal style. So I consider style to be a part of my daily life in the way I clothe myself, decorate my house and the jewelry I create. I’m one of those people who wears/purchases things, not because they are of the moment but because I like them and they speak to me. That’s why I enjoy vintage so much and began thrifting and vintage shopping when I was about 13 years old. Vintage clothing carries stories. So if something is “out of style” and I love the way it looks and fits me, I’m still wearing it!
8. What do you hope Kostümers walk away with after seeing or purchasing your products?
I hope Kostümers walk away with a sense of something unique and eclectic when they choose a piece of my jewelry. I hope they know it was made with love and also the process for which the jewelry was created was harmonious. I like to let the materials speak to me and each other to decide how they should come together as pieces. If I force it, it’s never what it should be.