A native of Germany, Katrin Zimmermann studied and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia before setting up her studio in Harlem. Educated in Switzerland, England, China and the United States, she holds a degree in Chinese and Art History as well as one in Jewelry Design. The exposure to such different cultures is evident in her approach to design — she draws on a base that is international, multicultural and diverse. Her inspiration ranges from Richard Serra and Alexander Calder to Japanese Zen art. The focus of her design aesthetic is reduction: the emphasis on the essence of a stone, an organic shape or the inherent qualities of a material, synthetic or natural. Her goal is to bring out singularity through simplicity. The result is a line of progressive sterling silver and acrylic art jewelry that is architectural, minimalist and modern. Her constant search for technical and design innovation, fusing traditional handcrafting methods with state of the art industrial manufacturing, allow her to bridge the divide between manus and machina, making each crafted piece unique in approach and execution.
Katrin founded Ex Ovo in 1992. She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). She is also a Professor at New York’s Pratt Institute. She has exhibited her jewelry at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Smithsonian Institute of Washington DC, and at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. Her jewelry is sold at many modern art and design museums in the US and Europe.
Her work has been called “some of the most provocative contemporary couture jewelry around” by Time Out New York.