When the economy downshifted in 2008 and life threw her some curveballs, Kathy looked around her big city life and realized she would rather be living and working in a more outdoorsy area. In August 2009 she moved from Chicago to a small artist community in Northern California, where her home studio is nestled in an adorable garden cottage. In years past Kathy has shown her sculptural wire jewelry at up to 30 art fairs a year, but now her work is carried by more than 60 galleries and museum shops so she is reducing her traveling lifestyle to 10-15 shows a year. This allows more time to teach workshops based around her 2007 book "Elegant Wire Jewelry," published by Lark Books, and focus on new design directions. And, as her big move dictates, when she's not in the studio you can find her practicing yoga, rock climbing, hiking, or simply enjoying a glass of wine over a meal cooked with friends.