capturing the spirit of pasture & prairie, the nostalgia of homestead & the old made new again.
Kylie Earlene Grater’s farm beginnings in Riley, Kansas lend a unique aesthetic to her original pieces. Growing up in the rural Midwest, she was able to look out onto the Plains, their vast horizons, and crops that rotated with the seasons. The simplicity of rural life, the changing of the weather, and the cycles of planting and harvesting have all influenced Grater’s approach to creating jewelry. Her close contact with these organic influences, in part, determines her materials: feather, cow bone, and leather, to name a few.
Grater’s later influences stem from substantial time spent studying and working abroad. She studied the professional side of craft-making in England during college for a year and spent time in Africa, working with an HIV/AIDS project. These cultures, combined with her own upbringing in small-town America, have helped to determine the way that Grater builds her designs.
In addition to creating jewelry out of new materials, Grater invents pieces by reconstructing cast-outs and vintage jewelry. Inspiration for this line of jewelry comes from a dictate out of her rural past: one must make use of every little thing! This reuse results in unique and eclectic pieces that are expressive of both the old and the new.
Early Jewelry Environmental Policy
At Early Jewelry, we look to nature’s cycles for inspiration — both in the jewelry designs and in the daily activities at the workshop. We focus on recycling and purchasing recycled materials, minimizing waste, and supporting local resources and companies that think the way we do. What are some specific ways we do this?
- Using natural materials, such as wood and leather
- Recycling old jewelry and cast-outs into new jewelry
- Buying metals from Rio Grande, a company that makes its products from recovered silver and uses super-efficient, low-waste manufacturing processes, is solar powered & all sterling silver is 100% recycled.
- Recycling and reusing around the workshop (we reuse everything, from paper to bags and storage containers)
Reducing our eco-footprint is a constant process, and we continually look for ways to make Early Jewelry even more Earth friendly.
Early Jewelry has been in the following press.
Time Out Chicago Magazine
Urban Outfitters Blog
Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine
WWD & WWD Magic
San Francisco Chronicle
The Kansas City Star