K. DiResta Design, Inc
Custom design, personal service, years of experience. Heart and Soul in every piece. Handmade by Kathleen DiResta.
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After Kathleen received her B.F.A in sculpture and art history in 1994, she assisted three different jewelry designers in running their businesses, creating, and selling their collections.
Since 1997, Kathleen has been designing and creating her own line of jewelry as K. DiResta Design, Inc. Kathleen handcrafts each unique, geometric piece of jewelry. Her palette includes exceptional combinations of sterling silver, brass, f gems, and beads. Kathleen's designs have sold nationally through galleries, boutiques, and high-end craft shows.
From 1999 to 2003, Kathleen worked out of her east village gallery space in New York City, DiResta Gallery. The gallery space featured jewelry and photography by Kathleen and furniture by her brother Jimmy. Currently, runs her retail store, K. DiResta Collective, which features her work, as well as other artisans, in Sea Cliff, New York.
In addition to her line, she works closely with customers to create one-of-a-kind pieces for their wedding or special occasion, in platinum, gold, and diamonds. She is known for reworking heirloom pieces that maintain that sense of sentimentality, even after being updated. Since 2000, Kathleen has also been teaching jewelry making, most recently at the Art League of Long Island, Garvies Point Museum, and at her store.
In addition to being featured in many magazines, such as Lapidary Journal, Modern Bride, Crafts Report, Lucky, and Womens' Wear Daily, her work has been included in: Modern Jewelry from Modular Parts, 500 Earrings, 500 Wedding Rings, and The Best of America Jewelry Artists and Artisans, Volume 1.
This rare mixture of artistic talent, magnificent craftsmanship and enthusiasm makes a visit to Kathleen a must. It is jewelry that needs to be experienced.
Jewelry designer Kathleen DiResta works with silver, gold, gems and pearls to make original, handcrafted pieces. Bestsellers are variations of bold, interlocking rings and playful pendants. DiResta does jewelry repairs, custom work including wedding and anniversary rings and mother's jewelry, and can turn clients’ old gold jewelry into new treasures.
Find DiResta, her designs, the work of other local artistsatK. DiResta Collective at 212 Sea Cliff Avenue in Sea Cliff. “I wanted a store close to home that could incorporate my jewelry, photography and teaching,” DiResta explains. “Showing other artists’ work is a bonus.”
DiResta answered these questions about her creative background, inspiration and why she loves being open for business.—By Elizabeth Winchester
Q. You earned your BFA in sculpture and art history from SUNY New Paltz. How did you get from sculpture to jewelry?
A. I took a basic metal smithing class that was part of the BFA program. That led to a job at a local jewelry business, where I worked assembling, polishing and setting stones, and helping at craft shows.
Q. You’ve said concepts that motivated you as a sculpture student—such as pure geometric forms, visual rhythms and elements working together as one—influence your jewelry making. What else inspires your work?
A. I believe less is more, such as the simplicity in a curve or a circle. Shapes from nature, like a branch or leaf appeal to me. I enjoy looking at the patterns in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the sculptor, Brancusi for inspiration. Both artists had an innovative, yet pure design sense.
Q. How has your family influenced you?
A. My three older brothers and I grew up watching our dad create amazing woodwork in his basement workshop. He encouraged us all to be creative. We also had cousins who were very artistic so it was natural for us all to end up in creative careers. (Brothers John, an actor and comic, and Jimmy, an inventor and carpenter, most recently hosted the TV show “Dirty Money,” creating new pieces from garbage and used items. Oldest brother Joey has been in the toy and invention business for more than 20 years.) We are very supportive of each other.
Q. Your first gallery was in the East Village (1997-2003). Was it similar to the K. DiResta Collective?
A. Yes. In the city, I was also using a storefront both as a studio and gallery space. When I closed it, I continued my business by doing craft shows and meeting clients at my Glen Head studio. The biggest difference with my new store is my connection to the community. From my close friends, to running the Sea Cliff Arts Council, to having a son at the elementary school, word-of-mouth has been great. People stop in every day either to visit or shop. In addition, I feature the work of other artists as well and I'm making a point to offer items at all price points, making it a great destination for gifts.
Q. How do you feel about the shop’s opening?
A. Amazing. From the first moment that I heard the space was available, to the outpouring of love and support from friends, to the light and openness of the space itself, it has been a dream come true. I feel lucky every day.