To get the year started off right, we’re sharing an interview from I X ASHLEY with Anna Korte from A.K. Vintage.
Anna, a Portland based jewelry designer, ensures that all of her pieces are handmade from vintage, local, and sustainable materials in Portland, OR. Since 2002, her collection has drawn inspiration from nature’s geometry, literature, history, and the styles of eras past. (source)
Q & A
X: How would you describe the AK aesthetic?
AK: AK Vintage has a clean architectural aesthetic. But, the style and vibe is mixed- I think it’s about one part ancient civilization and one part modern.
X: What is the concept behind the line?
AK: It’s design-minded first, sustainability second and affordability third. In other words- AK offers a stand-out but, on-trend look while using authentic vintage metals and recycled leather with an approachable price tag.
X: What sets you apart from other jewelry lines?
AK: It really doesn’t look like anything else out there!
X: Who or what is you greatest design inspiration at the moment?
AK: I’m super into interiors. And, at the moment, I’m getting lost in inspiration within this book called ‘Handcrafted Modern’ by Leslie Williamson. It. Is. So. Good.
X: What is your personal favorite piece from your current line?
AK: I love the Patterns in the Sand necklace! I’ve been wearing it with EVERYTHING!
X: When can we look forward to seeing new unique pieces from AK?
AK: The next AK collection launches in February 2011!
X: Any exciting projects or collaborations currently happening?
AK: I’ve been dabbling in fiber art for the past year on the side. I’ve installed several of these works in public and private spaces. They’re large, geometrical and abstract installations that are made with string and nails. And, I LOVE creating them!! My friend Emily Baker of Sword+Fern, a gorgeous and magical treasure shop here in Portland, just posted about my work on her blog. Check it out here.
X: Any advice for young aspiring designers?
AK: Don’t hesitate, just do it! There’s this great quote I read early on that brought me relief and really helped me make my first leap toward my dreams as a working designer. It’s by Martin Luther King- ‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step’.