Katherine Jaller makes accessories that encourage an interaction to happen. Maybe with an admiring stranger, or maybe with the mirror. But statement jewelry is called such for a reason—it's a way to say something without saying a word. At least at first.
Freund is Katherine's mother's maiden name and it means "friend." Her grandfather had a tool factory in the western region of Germany known for its metalwork, and this warm, fuzzy name was emblazoned on some serious industrial devices.
Katherine leans into making more custom work in collaboration with those she's never met. Her practice has become about making as a way of listening deeply and reflecting back. She always asks people what their favorite piece of jewelry is and the responses are beautiful or something heartbreaking, pointing to peak experiences like travel, memories of loved ones, and the desire to be seen in the world for what you are and what you want to be. Freund Things is about exploring objects as a mediator for important conversations and greater connectedness.
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