I love meeting dog moms like me who also have creative passions. Every day there are so many talented women appearing in my social media feeds, email and even face to face. I recently met jewelry designer Kristen Dorsey over email and was delighted to find out that not only is she also a passionate dog mama, but she also creates some of my favorite jewelry. Her work in Four Winds Gallery (a local store in Pittsburgh that specialized in Native American art and jewelry) always catches my eye because it’s edgy yet feminine and she frequently uses one of my favorite gemstones, Labradorite!

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

When Kristen emailed me about a trunk show coming up at Four Winds Gallery this month I was excited to do a write up and share her beautiful work with you. First off, let’s look at the most important photo… one of her dogs Uggs and Packer! I love that they are in her studio. Lucy is always right at my feet in my office, too. Dogs make the best assistants, receptionists, security guards and food disposals! Basically, we are really working for them!

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

I took Lucy with me to Four Winds Gallery to pick out a few of my favorite pieces. It happens to be a dog friendly shop! The owner also has two wonderful dogs and does a lot of work to promote animal rights. Somehow dog lovers always find each other, it’s like we can sniff each other out!

All of Kristen’s designs are inspired by the power and meaning of her Chickasaw heritage and the energy of our contemporary culture. I think her passion is evident when you see how beautiful and unique each one is. I can’t wait to see her in person this weekend and see a demonstration in the store. If you’ll be in the area, don’t miss the trunk show details at the bottom of this post.

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

The earrings and necklace I’m wearing (plus the earrings show on the leaf) are all part of the Panther Woman Collection. I think a lot of strong dog moms out there will really identify with the significance of this collection for Kristen.  “The shield symbol, a design theme throughout the Panther Woman collection, symbolizes the strength and courage of our Chickasaw women throughout history. The shield represents how women are the defenders of their families, communities, and culture.  Panther Woman, the namesake of the collection, is a historical heroine from Chickasaw oral tradition.”-Kirsten Dorsey Designs

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

Kristen Dorsey Designs: Jewelry for Strong Women

Kristen Dorsey Designs Trunk Show at Four Winds Gallery

Friday, May 5 – 6:00 to 8:00pm
Cocktail Reception

Saturday, May 6 – 11:00am to 5:00pm
Personal appearance and Sculptural Jewelry Demonstrations

Four Winds Gallery invites you to meet Chickasaw jeweler Kristen Dorsey and view her latest work: The Hatchet Women Collection- Indigenous resistance since 1736. This will be the first public launch of this collection, as well as Kristen’s first live demonstration of her specialized sculptural techniques. We are so excited to gain more insight into Kristen’s process. We will be looking forward to seeing you there.

View more of Kristen Dorsey Designs on her website and the Four Winds Gallery site.

Major thank you to Victoria Miller Photography (AKA another Tori!) for taking all these great shots of Lucy and I during the Captured Pittsburgh Instagram photo walk.