About Patsy Kay Kolesar Design
- I’ve been obsessed with jewelry since I was little. My Mom is from Australia and her whole side of the family lives there.
My Nana and my Auntie Kay would send my sister and I gifts of jewelry when we were little.
These gifts were wrapped up in little satin pouches and kept safely in one of my Mom’s drawers.
We were rarely allowed to wear them (thank-you Mom, since I’m sure they would be lost by now if we could) but we were often allowed to take them out of the drawer, unwrap them, and admire them.
- I started making jewelry as a teenager. I spent a month in Barbados with my best friend Nadine when we were 19.
I brought home a few beaded necklaces, and a hippy boyfriend.
I was inspired to start making my own necklaces and dabbled in beads, hemp weaving, fantasized about living in a van with my hippy boyfriend, and traveling around the country selling necklaces.
Luckily, this fantasy only lasted as long as my bandana wearing hippy days did.
My new version of this fantasy involves a beautiful house on a quiet island, a big bright studio space, my jewelry sells at galleries around the world and I have daily hot showers 😉
- My first career was in social work and I worked in women’s centres for a number of years.
I learned a lot and was constantly inspired by women’s strength, but I knew it wasn’t the path I was meant to be on for my career.
I took a year off to figure out what to do next.
I signed up for a class on ring making and when I went into the teachers live/work studio I never wanted to leave.
I loved everything about moving metal. About a year later I applied for and was accepted to jewelry school and I’ve never looked back.