Today we’d like to introduce you to Denise Kubler.
Denise, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my career as a graphic designer. I was driven from the beginning to find my niche, what will make me stand out as a designer. I worked in Buffalo, New York City, and Boston at various positions.
We moved to Broomfield in 1998, and soon after, I gave birth to my first son. I am very grateful that I was able to stay at home with both of my boys. I still needed to be creative though. Knitting became my outlet. Fiber was my obsession for a while.
I started metalsmithing almost three years ago. I remember coming home from the intensive classes and feeling worn out but happily challenged. My oldest son was finishing his senior year in high school. I felt a large shift in my life because of him, and I knew that my job as a stay at home mom was transitioning into something new.
To my amazement, people really liked and appreciated what I was creating. My true calling was finally answered. Being a jewelry designer is what I am meant to be. This new job of mine is fulfilling, hard, scary, and wonderful all at the same time. I have found that I truly love being able to work with my clients, designing pieces that truly reflect their style and needs.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I am pretty new on this journey, so the lessons and struggles are still to come. I am trying to learn as quickly as I can and implement good habits right away. I would say that if there is something you have always been curious about, you should pursue it. Take that drawing class, metalsmithing class, explore new interests. Life is meant to be enjoyed.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into DK Originals story. Tell us more about the business.
I design small batches of jewelry. I have a hard time making an item over and over. All my earrings that are in my collection are slightly different from one another. I make the ear wire to ensure that every set of earrings are a unique handmade item.
My handcrafted chain bracelets and necklaces all have a handmade clasp. I don’t follow a formula, my designs continue to evolve and grow. This also allows the pieces to have an organic yet polished look that really makes the design of the jewelry more special.
People walk away knowing that they have a piece of wearable art that is not mass-produced. Made right here in Colorado, in my small studio. Designing for me is as important as breathing is. I thrive in this world, and my designs show it.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I have a network of women who are all growing their brands. Being able to call upon them when I have questions, concerns, or just blowing off steam, has been priceless.
- Website: DKoriginalsjewelry.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @dkoriginalsjewelry
- Facebook: DK Originals Jewelry
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