The jewelry work of Kristine Bolhuis is an exploration of lightweight metal constructions that move, shift, and collapse. She experiments with hand-fabricated and forged links with moveable riveted joints. Her jewelry is both sculptural and kinetic. It entices our sense of touch, and responds to the movement of the body that wears it. There is a playfulness and joy of discovery in each piece.
Kristine Bolhuis is a dedicated modernist and minimalist design informs her work. Early in life she was drawn to the bent plywood chairs of Charles and Ray Eames which were manufactured near her childhood home in Michigan. Her fascination with the Eames’, and the metalwork and wire jewelry of Harry Bertoia, led her to study at Cranbrook Academy of Art, known as the cradle of American Modernism. She and her family live within and surrounded by modernism in a 1964 architect-designed modernist home.