Artists ~ Katy Westcott ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Katy Westcott
Shop name: Katrinkles
Other: katrinkles_knitting_jewelry on instagram, katrinkles on Flickr.

1. Tell us about your work: I design and make bamboo buttons, knitting needle gauges, jewelry and other fiber art related accessories which I sell on etsy and at local fiber festivals. I also separately do freelance jewelry design for costume jewelry companies and fine jewelers.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? I graduated from RISD as a jewelry and metalsmithing major in 2002 and started crocheting, knitting and sewing soon after that. I discovered buttons and shawl pins to be the natural intersection of jewelry and textiles so it wasn't long before I started adorning my knits. Making things for myself led to making things for others and I finally set up a shop after years of friends and family bugging me to do so (and I'm glad I did!)

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? I love anything nautical, cute animals, architecture, geometric patterns and machinery.

4. What’s your favorite item to create? Lately I especially enjoy to knit sweaters and socks. Some people really love the process but what I love is the finished product, especially if I can wear it.

5. What’s your best seller? My hedgehog knitting needle gauge

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? I was born in RI and have lived here for most of my life.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? The ocean, the restaurants and the community of fiber artists. I love that my two industries, jewelry and textiles, have a long history here and that my family has a long history in those industries. I live down the street from Slater Mill and every time I walk past it with my dog I can't get over that it is the epicenter of the industrial revolution in this country - that is so cool!

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add: I feel so lucky to live in Rhode Island where there is wonderful and supportive community of people who make things. We have fantastic stores such as Craftland where we can shop and sell our goods. We have As220 which is amazing for so many reasons - art, music, education, technology and even their restaurant and bar are awesome - there is nothing as220 anywhere else. We have the RISD museum which brings a constant flow of inspiration to our state. And the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a great resource for RI artists.


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