Originally printed in Bend Fashion Quarterly, Spring 2016
Karen’s curiosity in designing jewelry was developed while still in high school. She later taught high school art for several years but soon realized that her passion was elsewhere. To hone her experience in jewelry design she worked for a designer in California where she, “did everything but the books.”
After working for a jewelry chain, she finally made the move to Bend and initiated her own works of art.
“My interest is really keep alive by the gems themselves,” say Bandy. “Making something with my hands is a personal and rewarding experience.”
Karen juggles designing jewelry, creating paintings and running her own business with finesse. “I do have a goldsmith who helps balance out the workload when it come to my jewelry,” she states.
But the whole of the design is from Karen herself. “It's my goal to design wearable jewelry that fits my clients’ personality, feeling and lifestyle. It is gratifying to know that someone will love and cherish the pieces that I create.”
Karen Bandy’s designs are sold online, as well as in her studio on Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bend.