Katherine Huie of Foe and Dear’s arc hook earrings first caught our eye as gorgeous, expertly crafted pieces of jewelry that are a unique spin on the always-classic hoop earring. Naturally, BRIKA had to reach out to Katherine, who is based in Vancouver, to get the inside scoop on how she makes each earring by hand. As one of many in our community of talented Makers, she shared her creative process secrets with us as part of our Behind the Goods series.
Where do you find the inspiration for your design?
Art, architecture, plants and nature, mostly. Anything simple and beautiful.
Walk us through the production process.
The process starts out with a carefully measured, plain strip of gold or silver wire. It is then cut, hammered flat at one end, hand filed to form the point, bent to shape the earring, the sharp edges are filed down, and finally polished.
What’s the best part of your job?
There are way too many things that I love about owning my own jewelry company, it’s impossible to pick one thing. Although, in the past year or so, I’ve been lucky to connect with so many amazing people to create bespoke, one of a kind jewelry. Everything ranging from a customized piece from the existing collection, to engagement and wedding bands. I also love being able to create exactly what I’m dreaming of. And being able to play and experiment with so many different stones, materials and techniques. Way too many things.
How do you stay creative?
Staying creative has actually been quite a challenge since the business has grown so rapidly. You definitely have to set aside time to open your mind, and jot down ideas and things that inspire you. I’m also always reading up on what my favorite design, architecture and fashion brands are up to.
Where’s your favorite spot in Vancouver to get inspired?
My sunny, light filled studio in Gastown.
Process photos by Nicole Wong.
Head shot photo by Andrea Fernandez.
Earring model, Nicole Rosenberg. Photo of model by Sasha Arfin.