Historical ornamentation from the Baroque and the Victorian era are a continual source of inspiration for Jill Kathleen Design‘s artist, Jill Gower. With a deep commitment to ethical and environmental sustainability, Jill uses only Fairmined gold and Fair Trade gems in the creation of her comfortable, wearable collection. Elements of crochet and lace patterns can be seen throughout her work, along with a matte finish and the hammer marks that identify her work as hand made.

JA New York: The first thing I ever designed was…

Jill Gower: A crocheted hat for my cat that I made when I was 8 or 9 years old

JA New York: 5 words that describe my brand DNA are…

JG: Ethical, Feminine, Bold, Handmade, Everyday

JA New York: Every morning I…

JG: Drink coffee

JA New York: My Style Icon is…

JG: I don’t have one, but Alexander McQueen is my favorite designer.

JA New York: I never leave the house without…

JG: A bottle of water and chapstick

JA New York: I have my breakfast…

JG: While driving my kids to school.

JA New York: Jewelry is all about…

JG: Defining a personal style as well as sentimental moments and special memories.

JA New York: One thing I wear every day is…

JG: Earrings by my favorite artists and friends

JA New York: I don’t eat…

JG: Sardines

JA New York: I am a maniac about…

JG: Following through with what you say you are going to do.

JA New York: My obsession of the moment is…

JG: Sourcing ethical gemstones and metals.

JA New York: I’m currently reading…

JG: “Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World” by Aja Raden

JA New York: I’m currently listening to…

JG: NPR every morning

JA New York: My trade show uniform is…

JG: I don’t have one. I love patterns and textures that are created by the weave or stitch of the fabric plus a little color and of course, hand made jewelry to complement it all. Also comfortable shoes!

JA New York: My greatest accomplishment so far is…

JG: Finding a path in life where I can continue to make jewelry, provide for my family, and have fun doing it!