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Kimi Douglas, owner of Intrepid IronWorks, first discovered her passion for jewelry design when nothing could quite measure up to what she wanted in her accessories. “I’m so particular about small details in the pieces that I wear. It’s the little things that make a good item great,” Douglas said. With that, she decided she wanted to create jewelry to be exactly what she was looking for. This is how Intrepid IronWorks was born.
Over the past year, Douglas has really dived into the art of metal smithing and stone selection. Building the basics in her own basement, she would spend countless hours learning from trial and error on what worked and what didn’t. From there, she rented studios by the hour to perfect her art and make it into what it is today. “They just had all the tools I needed and could never afford even starting out,” Douglas said.
Each piece is hand crafted and unique to the customer in which it is intended. She has described her work as having a certain “rugged chic look to it” because she sticks to more neutral colors and geometrical shapes. Of course, custom orders can be made for those looking to add a bold or colorful accessory to their collection.
When sourcing her stones, the goal is to keep it in the US from places including Nevada and Arizona, to name a few.
“I am a huge supporter of handmade goods by hard working, local people,” she said. “It is important for me to put money back into the pockets of those individuals and our local economy.” Douglas said that she lets the stones speak for themselves when she creates the settings, all of which are made out of sterling and fine silver.
Douglas explained that she has some casting work coming up. Casting is the act of carving a piece of wax, making a mold and pouring the silver into the mold. This allows her to focus on creating rings with hand carved, intricate details.
“Those pieces will be geared toward more of a unisex crowd, as opposed to making them solely for women,” she said. “I have always been interested in doing men’s jewelry and more signet rings, yet still catering to my female buyers.”
Douglas is now showcasing her work at Design Archives located in downtown Winston-Salem.
She has already been asked to make a new assortment of rings in order keep up with customer demand. “I am just ecstatic that the customers are responding to something that means so much to me. It’s a great feeling to be able to see my work from start to finish, and have others appreciating the product as well,” she added.
“Within a few years, my hope is to have started working toward my bachelors in fine art with a focus on jewelry design “¦ building my empire from there,” Douglas said. “I am such a tactile person so being able to use my hands to create art is something I hope to be doing for the rest of my life.”
This is not a long shot for someone who has progressed so rapidly in such a short amount of time.
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Find her jewelry at Design Archives, 636 W. 4 th St, Winton-Salem, or find her on Instagram @intrepidironworks. For inquiries and custom orders, email firstname.lastname@example.org.