I received a BFA in textile design from Moore College of Art and Design in 2000 and an MFA in mixed media from Howard University in 2005. I’m based in Charm City (Baltimore) where I design and produce the entire Karen Coston line with love, inspiration from everything around me and faith in the universe.
My earliest memory of becoming totally in love with the jewelry making process was when I was around eight years old and I was with my parents at Chautauqua Institution one summer. They forced me to go to the little day camp with the other children even though I objected. At one point in the day, there was an arts and crafts project that piqued my interest. The project was to learn some basic boondoggle stitches that would eventually become key chains. I remember leaving that afternoon wearing a neon green and pink bracelet that I made instead of a keychain. I was hooked.
The Startrail Collection
The Startrail Collection was initially inspired by time-lapse photography of the constellations. Star trail photos are created using a long exposure time in a fixed location. The results create ephemeral sweeping imagery that the stars leave behind as they trek across the sky. Each piece in the Karen Coston Jewelry Startrail Collection is a one of a kind roll print and, like the stars, no two are ever the same.