STORY


 

I BELIEVE ART IS UTTERLY IMPORTANT.

IT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT COULD SAVE US.

-MARY OLIVER

 
 
I started Cascadia Jewelry in Montana in 2017 after taking an intro to metal working class one afternoon.  I had hoped to learn some basic metal work and make a few pieces for myself.  I fell in love with manipulating and softening metals, and through lots of trial and error, and many lessons learned the hard way, this passion became a small business.  Since relocating home to the Pacific Northwest this is now my full time gig.
I like working with a range of metals and techniques to create different visions. I gravitate towards texture and line to create drama- and always prefer simple and straightforward pieces. I work slowly and in small batches allowing space for attention and care.  I love brass as much as sterling silver and have worked to create collections that are more economically approachable.  It is important to me that art and fashion be accessible.  Behind it all is an inspiration to bring joy and beauty through simple, handmade work.  
In 2021 my husband died unexpectedly. My entire world was blown apart and my journey through grief and trauma was dark and confusing. Making jewelry was a tether that kept me grounded.  This business morphed from an exciting new venture with my art to a lifeline and connection to what my future could be.
It's an honor to share all of this with you. Thank you for being here.
-Kira
 
 
Cascadia is a bioregion that spans a portion of the west coast. It’s the terrain from the Oregon coast through Washington’s mountains, Montana’s rivers and valleys and up to Alaska’s wilderness. It’s where my roots are, where my journey has taken me, and where I plan to stay. My business was named for those lands and the feelings they inspire.