Kate Cusack

"I love the "aha" moment when someone realizes that there is more to my design than they initially expected. It surprises people to discover what my jewelry is made of—and always brings a smile of discovery."

Kate Cusack's fascination with zippers comes from her general love of transforming ordinary materials into wearable objects of art. Because the metal zipper teeth are attached to a fabric edge, it is a material both rigid and flexible. Cusack enjoys the contrast between the whimsical shapes that she creates and the harshness of the metal teeth.

Traditionally, a zipper is a device designed simply to function. It is a fastener and not a feature. Cusack's transformation of zippers into jewelry reminds the wearer of the power of imagination and the joy of discovering a view of something that would otherwise be overlooked.

Cusack earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in costume design for theater from the Yale School of Drama. All of Cusack's experiences—from costume design to the creation of wearable art—culminate in the Zipper Jewelry. All of her work relates to the body, combining theatrical influences and her love for the transformation of unusual materials.

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Feather Zipper Earrings
Zippered Earrings

by Kate Cusack
$ 125
$ 106.25
Margaux Zipper Earrings
Zippered Earrings

by Kate Cusack
$ 90
$ 76.50
SOLD
Red Nexus Zipper Necklace by Kate Cusack (Zippered Necklace)
Red Nexus Zipper Necklace
Zippered Necklace

by Kate Cusack
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SOLD
Journey Zipper Necklace by Kate Cusack (Zippered Necklace)
Journey Zipper Necklace
Zippered Necklace

by Kate Cusack
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Saturn Zipper Necklace
Zippered Necklace

by Kate Cusack
$ 110 - $ 220
$ 93.50 - $ 187
Leaf Zipper Earrings
Zipper Earrings

by Kate Cusack
$ 95
$ 80.75
Pink Satin Zipper Pin
Zippered Brooch

by Kate Cusack
$ 100
$ 85
Davinci Braid Zipper Necklace
Zippered Necklace

by Kate Cusack
$ 395
$ 335.75
Hypnosis Zipper Bracelet
Zippered Bracelet

by Kate Cusack
$ 385
$ 327.25
Figure Eight Zipper Necklace
Zippered Necklace

by Kate Cusack
$ 975
$ 828.75
Tress Zipper Bracelet
Zippered Bracelet

by Kate Cusack
$ 285
$ 242.25
Red Zipper Pin
Zippered Brooch

by Kate Cusack
$ 85
$ 72.25
Black Zipper Pin
Zippered Brooch

by Kate Cusack
$ 85
$ 72.25
Criss Cross Zipper Bracelet
Zippered Bracelet

by Kate Cusack
$ 325
$ 276.25
Figure-Eight Zipper Bracelet
Zippered Bracelet

by Kate Cusack
$ 350
$ 297.50
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
SOFA Chicago - represented by the Snyderman Works Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA, Navy Pier, 2007-2011
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC, USA, National Building Museum, 2014-2016
BIJOUX - art jewelry exhibit and sale, West Palm Beach, FL, USA, Norton Art Museum, 2013-2016
LOOT - art jewelry exhibit and sale, New York, NY, USA, Museum of Arts and Design, 2012
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD, USA, Baltimore Convention Center, 2015
Craft Boston - Spring, Boston, MA, USA, Cyclorama, 2015
SOFA New York - represented by the Snyderman Works Gallery, New York, NY, USA, Park Avenue Armory, 2008-2011
American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL, USA, Northwestern University Campus, 2014