"The best designs are often the simplest. If I can achieve elegance in a very clean design, then I know that I have created something special."
Catherine Iskiw creates jewelry inspired by clarity of design and simplicity of pure geometric form. Combining utility, materials, and process in each design, Iskiw delights in expressing the fabrication process in the details of each piece. Seams and edges are highlighted. The polished edges of bezels accentuate the gemstones.
A matte finish contributes to the industrial quality of the jewelry. Using materials that range from platinum and diamonds to silver and semi-precious stones, Iskiw focuses on the combination of form and functionality.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Iskiw graduated from the University of Manitoba before relocating to New York. During a ten-year career as a Manhattan designer, Iskiw began taking classes at Parson School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The artist officially launched her jewelry business in 1996 in the New Designer Gallery at the JA Show in New York.