Kim originally studied languages and worked abroad as a translator for many years. After her return to England she turned her mind to designing and making jewellery. She is mainly self-taught, but in 2011 completed a stone-setting course and more recently a one-year CAD design course at the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery. In 2012, she set up Wilde Works, her little one-person workshop tucked away in rural Herefordshire.
Kim draws inspiration from social and global issues, which she translates into minimalist pieces of contemporary jewellery that convey messages about peace, equality and the environment. She works mainly in Sterling silver and gold, adding colour and interest with resin and gemstones.
'One of the pleasures of incorporating resin into silver is that you get to play with colour. I love mixing pigments to create colour palettes that help convey messages, set a mood, or simply celebrate the transient colours of nature.'
All her pieces are made by hand with careful attention to detail, at times combined with 3D CAD technology. Quality and craftmanship are of the utmost importance.
Her collection to date includes kinetic rings, and two Sterling silver and resin ranges called First Exploration and Snapshot2016.
First Exploration - also Kim's first exploration into working with silver and resin - was originally inspired by a quotation from a book by Carl Sagan called Pale Blue Dot, and later the Cassini Mission to Saturn. Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot is named after a photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space probe on leaving our Solar System in 1990 and the message conveyed is one of peace.
Snapshot2016 is based on a pendant originally designed and made in response to the socio-political events that marked 2016 and continue to impact us globally on so many levels. To read more, please visit: wildeworks.blogspot.com
Kim is currently developing a new range called Beyond the Horizon, which incorporates aesthetic influences from the other side of the world to symbolise the harmony many of us strive for. Harmony that can only be achieved by looking outwards and expanding our understanding beyond our horizons.
An image of her kinetic rings was used by resin expert Clare John in her book 'Resin Jewellery' and she has been featured in 'Designer Focus' by The Guild of Jewellery Designers.
In 2012, she started creating an online presence, part of which is dedicated to recycling and the environment.
Kim is also an active member of Alloy Hereford Jewellers Group, a diverse and talented group of professional jewellers and silversmiths.
In her spare time she enjoys going for long walks in the Herefordshire countryside.