Kimberly Lee, Artist & Designer: Comes from generations of artists. She grew up in Black Mesa, Arizona which is located on the northeastern part of the Diné (Navajo) Nation. She is from the Diné (Navajo) tribe her clans are Lok’aa’dine’e (Reed People Clan) born for Kinlichii’nii (The Red House People Clan) her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tachii’nii (Red Running into Water People Clan) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Ashiihi (Salt People Clan) At and at an early age she learned two lessons that impacted her outlook on the world around her. One was the importance of art being essential to livelihood and two being resourceful. Growing up she would watch her mother create jewelry with seed beads. Her Father carved sculptures from alabaster. Her parent's encouragement of experimenting with different forms of medium lead her to learning a variety of crafts.
"I believe that everyone is given natural talent so they can give back to the world. Handcrafting leather jewelry with up-cycling salvaged leather is my way of giving back to the world. My jewelry is inspired by NavajoRug textile & colors found in nature". -Kimberly Lee