Most childhood nicknames don’t stick, but some spawn jewelry lines. I first encountered Kara Hallie’s vibrant jewelry line “Kula” at a shopping trip to Cliché. There I picked-up a pair of gold hoop earrings with carnelian drops and viewed all of the bright and accessible pieces in the collection. Hallie outfits the modern “gypset” traveler with her big colorful stones and delicately faceted gems. Her pieces are available locally at Cliché and the Wedge Co-op, and outside of the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” at her online Etsy shop: www.kula.etsy.com
Name: Kara Hallie
Occupation: Jewelry Designer/ Flight Attendant
What inspires you? Street fashion. What people are wearing all over the world is fascinating to me.
What elements from your surroundings do you interpret and use in your designs? I’m an urban dweller without a car, so my daily routine biking around really connects me to my community. The people, architecture and natural spaces here in Minneapolis have so much color and texture that are really inspiring.
Describe your own personal style: What’s another word for eclectic? I vary from a plain white tee and jeans to a jumper with yellow wellies, and a vintage swim cap. My style is a little whacky at times! I don’t regret any of my outfits.
What’s your favorite item in your closet? A vintage sequined shirt with a butterfly motif. I’d wear it all the time, but it’s really flashy and screams Studio 54!
What clothing items would the modern traveler from your inspiration wear that would compliment your designs? Personally, when I travel I always pack light. Being able to wear the clothes I brought multiple times is important. An easy way to change your look is with accessories, and I have a lot of bright colorful pieces that will add a lot of interest to a t-shirt and jeans ensemble.
Have there been any stories behind the media used in your jewelry? I met this amazing guy at a show last year. He was a doctor and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, India and Nepal. He started buying beads, amulets and other supplies from the local tribes. He’s totally supporting the communities he visits and finds some wonderful items. I’d love to develop relationships with indigenous communities and share their craft with the world!
What message do you believe that jewelry should to send to consumers during the recession? I think that bright bold pieces are defiant of the current economic hard times. You should wear what makes you feel cheerful and colorful big things seem to make people smile.
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