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Kat-E is a collaboration of art & high fashion to create organic adornment through manipulation and preservation of natural detritus.

UPDATE: We have posted new Rewards!  Please check them out, and enjoy.

Our Story

We feel a connection with the world around us. We find great joy in watching how it works. We collect. We investigate. We interact. We create objects to celebrate the subtle beauty around us and of us.

Kat-E is a collaboration between art and high fashion. We produce organic adornments through the manipulation and preservation of natural detritus.

Our current line "Specimen" is a focus on the found object - a reminder of nature to bring into our daily lives. Our specimens are collected from the environments that inspire us the most: the Ocean, the Sky, the Earth and the Forest. Each hold their own stories.

Kat-E strives to preserve these stories in our accessories. Our mission is to share them through our products. 

Every piece seen here is unique, because each specimen we find is unique.  While we have similar threads in some of our work (The Fish Pins, the Silver/Twig Necklace), the composition and weight of each piece is dictated by the found material.  We enjoy the process of creation every bit as much as the    finished product.

The Specimen Line and Your Help

Our line is 75% complete!  The ideas are fleshed out and the methods are in place!  Our kickstarter mission is to seek out $3,500, which will go towards travel costs (to aquire a larger collection of specimens to work with). This will also help us purchase the appropriate tools and preservation materials to take our accessories from prototype to functioning pieces of wearable art.

$1,000- will go towards travel expedition costs to collect specimens from ecosystems around the U.S.

$1,650- will go towards jewelry tools, preservation agents, specimen collection kits, and quality findings. 

$500- will go towards REWARDS shipping costs, International buyers' please add $20.00 to purchase. Thank You.

$350- will go towards Kickstarter fees.

Any donations are greatly appreciated and will go a long way towards fleshing out the Specimen Line!  As a thank-you to our future contributors, we have put together 6 different incentive packages. All are made from natural objects we love dearly, and we hope each accessory finds a permanent place in your wardrobe.

The Specimen Line will be completed with a finalized production line of 30 pieces and an online web presence.  We are in the final steps of bringing the Specimen Line to fruition. Those who opt for the $100-500 incentives will have the choice of pieces that closely resemble the works pictured here, or the surprise of a previously unseen piece with one of our 4 climate inspirations: Forest, Earth, Sky or Water.  It's an adventure!

Our Incentives

$15/$25 Incentive Package

Kat-E Signature Fish Pin/$15 Single; $25 Trio(Pictured)
Kat-E Signature Fish Pin/$15 Single; $25 Trio(Pictured)

$40 Incentive Package

Our Signature Specimen Necklace on a 22" Sterling Silver Chain
Our Signature Specimen Necklace on a 22" Sterling Silver Chain

$50 Incentive Package

Ideation Sketch by Kate Hendrickson of Kat-E
Ideation Sketch by Kate Hendrickson of Kat-E

$55 Incentive Package

Kat-E Knaw Hairpiece. You could own animal chewing habits!!
Kat-E Knaw Hairpiece. You could own animal chewing habits!!

$100 Incentive Package

Choose a Lichen Hairpiece or Bone Cufflinks/Tie Clip Set.
Choose a Lichen Hairpiece or Bone Cufflinks/Tie Clip Set.

$250 - $500 Incentive Package

Pick the climate that suites you: Forest, Earth, Sky or Water

For more images of our line and of our process, visit us at our Website and our Facebook page!

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    A handprinted Kat-E thank-you card and a set of 4 illustrated Limited Edition Kat-E cards for your personal correspondence.

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    NEW! A Kat-E Signature (single) Fish Pin and handprinted thank-you card. (triple fish pin is with the $25.00 award amount)

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    Our Kat-E hair Fish Pin (pictured below) and a handprinted Kat-E thank-you card.

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    NEW! A Kat-E Signature (single) Fish Pin, a handprinted thank-you card, and choice of a Kat-E Signature Specimen Necklace (pictured).

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    Our Kat-E hair Fish Pin, an original 8"X10" color ideation illustration, and a handprinted Kat-E thank-you card.

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    NEW! Our Kat-E Signature (single) Fish Pin, a handprinted thank-you card, and our Knaw wooden hair piece (pictured).

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    Our Kat-E Signature (single) Fish Pin, a handprinted thank-you card, and a Lichen Hairpiece (OR a set of Bone Cufflinks and Tie Clip for gentlemen).

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    Our Kat-E Signature (single) Fish Pin, a handprinted thank-you card, and a Kat-E Necklace (with your choice of inspiration: Forest, Earth, Sky or Water).

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    Our Kat-E Signature (single) Fish Pin, a handprinted thank-you card, and a Kat-E Necklace with additional accessory (your choice between: necklace, eye patch, hat, hair piece, or bracelet. Choose your inspiration! Forest, Earth, Sky or Water).

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