Meet the Creative: Katie Jones - Founder of KatieBetty

Bold, Colourful, Geometric

Meet designer and maker Katie Jones aka KatieBetty - the Manchester based one girl show whose bold minimalist jewellery creations hit just the right spot. Clean lines, geometric shapes and luxe minimalism is at the heart of her beautiful and timeless pieces. Katie, a Yolk workshop pro will be joining us at Float Fest, showing you how to make your own unique pieces and designs. Ahead of the big day we wanted to find out why she’s on team Float, what are her workday rituals, and what she gets up to when she’s not making her fabulous designs.

What is your company, what do you do and what makes it special?

KatieBetty is a handmade jewellery brand & one girl show run by me, designer/maker Katie Jones, a Textile Design graduate with a Masters degree in Design Cultures. My designs are all about interesting textures, geometric shapes & colour blocking, with an aim to create work that is minimal but still fun. I think the methods of working that I developed through my masters degree have translated from my academic work into the way I approach designing & creating.

Why did you want to be a part of Float?

I love running workshops & thought the opportunity to reach a slightly different audience was one not to be missed.

Can you sum up your work in three words?

Bold, colourful & geometric.

What comes to mind when you hear the word wellness?

Self-love, taking time out to assess & re-evaluate, & generally looking after all aspects of yourself. I feel the concept of ‘wellness’ if moving away from being focused on diet & exercise, & people are starting to be more considerate about their mental health & overall wellbeing which are equally important but not always as easy to work on.

How does your work encompass wellness?

There is a thoughtfulness & consideration that goes into each piece of work, from the design process, to trying to minimize waste, to being conscious of the customer. Creating also really helps my own mental wellbeing & makes the challenges of running my own business worthwhile.

Where does your inspiration to create come from?

I find inspiration all over the place- some times in the most unexpected places! I get inspired by colour combinations & forms found in the everyday, in the process of working with different materials & generally just playing around.

What about your work gives you the most joy?

I think there's something amazing about an object that you've created with your own hands, that originated from an idea, then becoming part of another persons everyday life.

How does your environment/location influence your work?

Manchester is still such an industrial looking city, so I love finding little corners where a colourful flower has popped up through the concrete, or flashes of colour in peeling paint on a door frame & utilising these colours and structures in my design process.

What would you like attendees to get from your workshop?

Through my workshops people are able to create, work with their hands & make considered choices about colours & their own individuality, but in a way that isn't overly open-ended & therefore potentially overwhelming. In my experience, creating something from scratch is really rewarding, whatever it may be, & so to end up with an piece of jewellery that fits your vibe & your own aesthetic just adds to that feeling.

What does happy mean to you?

Taking pleasure in the small things, having time to spend with people you really like, exploring & finding inspiration in unexpected places. Carving your own niche, feeling comfortable in your own skin & having job satisfaction.

What was the last thing you made?

Some big terrazzo earrings.

Do you have any design idols?

I'm inspired by the interplay of colour and shape of the Memphis group’s designs, but more generally I’d say I look up to creative women who do their own thing, are true to themselves & work hard to create something new.

Do you have any morning rituals?

Coffee! & listening to a podcast.

Where can we find you at the weekend?

When I'm not working I'm out on my bike, trawling charity shops, petting dogs & hanging out with friends.

What are you reading/watching/ listening to right now?

I’m currently reading My Family & Other Animals by Gerald Durrell & I’m watching Parks & Recreation for the first time- I know! I always have music on & my tastes are so varied that I couldn’t say one specific thing, but it’s more likely to be from the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s than anything recent. I love podcasts too & my current obsession is The Teachers Pet.

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Jenna Campbell